DRAFT 2018-2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The West Florida Regional Planning Council (WFRPC) is pleased to present the Draft 2018-2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for public comment. The CEDS is a 5-year strategy to guide activity and investment to support economic growth in the WFRPC region (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, and Bay counties), which is designated as an Economic Development District by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The CEDS is the result of a data-driven and participatory planning process that invites stakeholders to bring forward new project ideas and identify economic development ventures currently underway that merit ongoing community support. The CEDS is monitored annually to track implementation of the action plan and its outcomes.  Please direct any public comment or questions regarding the CEDS to Caitlin Cerame by Dec. 29, 2017.


The 2016 annual update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is now available here. 

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is designed to guide economic growth by fostering a more stable and diversified economy, assist in the creation of jobs, and improve the living conditions in the seven-county region by coordinating the efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry concerned with economic development.  The CEDS also provides a framework for improving regional development partnerships while the Economic Development District (EDD) receives dedicated funding for implementing the goals and objectives outlined in the CEDS.

Current CEDS

The current CEDS is different from previous CEDS.  When developing the 2013-2018 CEDS, WFRPC and all Regional Planning Councils in the state followed the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars™ framework.  The Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy are:

(1) Talent Supply & Education
(2) Innovation & Economic Development
(3) Infrastructure & Growth Leadership
(4) Business Climate& Competitiveness
(5) Civic & Governance Systems
(6) Quality of Life & Quality Places

The redesign allows each main focus of a region’s CEDS to be easily plugged into the State wide Economic Strategy, which also follows the Six Pillars framework. One other advantage of this new style of update is each CEDS document will be easily comparable to the documents created by the other RPCs.

View/download the final, adopted West Florida Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (2015).

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