The CEDS lays the groundwork for where we want to see our region grow over the next five years. It will promote strategic conversations about economic development in our region, as well as encourage meaningful collaboration between institutions to work toward a more prosperous West Central Indiana.

Ryan Keller, Thrive CEO

What is A CEDS?

The CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. It provides an opportunity for local leaders, organizations, institutes of learning, and private industries to engage in a meaningful conversation about what capacity-building efforts would best serve economic development in the region. The CEDS provides a summary background of the economic conditions in the region, an analysis of regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, a vision, goals, and action plan, and an evaluation framework to measure the implementation and impact on the regional economy.