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Learn About the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in Your Community 

As the Economic Development Administration describes: “The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in America’s communities and regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process. Economic development planning—as implemented through the CEDS—is not only a cornerstone of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) programs, but successfully serves as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration. The CEDS provides the capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors (individuals, firms, industries), creates the environment for regional economic prosperity.”  [...]

See How American Rescue Plan Act Funds are Being Spent in Your Community By Searching the USASpending.gov Website

By Searching the USASpending.gov Website Knowing how to navigate the rural economic development and recovery landscape is an important skill for civic leaders in small towns and rural communities. Federal development programs that have been established or enhanced through the American Rescue plan are easily searchable using the USASpending.gov website. To see how government funds are being spent to improve your community: Visit www.usapending.gov. [...]