Economic Development Strategy

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a federally required document that serves as a regional blueprint for creating a stronger, more diverse economy.  It is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development and is the result of a regionally owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of the greater Nashville area.  

The CEDS provides information to serve decision-makers as they determine the region’s economic development goals and appropriate plans for action. It allows business and government leaders throughout the region to set priorities for investments in both physical and human capital to solidify how the area as a whole will adapt to a constantly changing global economy.

CEDS Advisory Board

Development of the region’s CEDS is guided by an advisory board. Representatives on this committee are invited to participate through recommendations by local elected officials and partner organizations throughout the region. They represent the main economic interests of the area and include business owners, economic development professionals, educators, workforce development boards, minority representatives, and elected officials. The advisory board frames the discussion; develops goals and priorities, and suggests data-driven measures prior to the document’s adoption by the GNRC. 

Annual Update to the CEDS

The CEDS Advisory Board meets at least annually to discuss the strategy document and provide new insights or issues that might influence the economic landscape in the area. This yearly update is required by the U.S. EDA.  The first annual update to this document will be made available for public review in September 2018.   The second annual update will be presented to the governing body of the GNRC on September 25, 2019 and is currently available for public review using the first link in the document list below.