Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

NOTE: This is a draft document, open for comments until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9th, 2018 Please send comments to Maggie Woodruff at mwoodruff@norpc.org or 504-483-8502.

What is a CEDS?

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a locally-based, regionally-driven plan for economic development.
  • It is a planning process resulting in a document by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors (individuals, firms, industries) establishes a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration and prosperity.
  • Required by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is a cornerstone of their programs.

When is a CEDS Developed?

The CEDS and its comprehensive strategy must be updated at least every five years. The CEDS is meant to look forward and address a strategy for the next five years. The current CEDS addresses 2019 – 2023. However, background information on the economy of the region can be found in the section, " Summary Background on the Regional Economy."

Where does the CEDS address?

The CEDS is a regional document, addressing economic activity in the following five parishes: 

  • Jefferson
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Tammany

Who Develops a CEDS?

The New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is the designated Economic Development District (EDD) by the EDA and receives funding from the EDA to prepare and collect input on the CEDS. The CEDS is developed with the guidance of the CEDS Strategic Committee.

Contents of the CEDS

Executive Summary Document Click here 

  • Links to Regional Industry Cluster Details

    The following eight industry clusters were identified for the New Orleans region in the 2019 CEDS (page 20). Detailed breakdowns of each cluster can be found at the links below.


  • Foundational Clusters
    1. Advanced Manufacturing
    2. International Trade, Logistics, Distribution
    3. Energy
    4. Tourism, Arts, Music, and Entertainment

    Diversifying Clusters

    1. Health Sciences
    2. Environmental Management
    3. Digital Media
    4. Food and Agriculture

    For more information and/or technical assistance, please contact RPC Director of Economic Development Maggie Woodruff at mwoodruff@norpc.org or 504-483-8502.

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