The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a five-year plan update to guide economic development activities for the Mo-Kan Regional Council of Governments (Mo-Kan). It is a locally-based, regionally-driven process to establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration leading to economic prosperity. It uses current economic and demographic data to steer the plan towards the future.
A CEDS Committee was established from the Mo-Kan Board members and regional stakeholders. Representatives from business, industry, education, health, the public and governmental bodies were invited to be part of the Committee. See the Kick-off Documentation Section of Appendix A for details.
Evaluating the needs of the region is the first step in the process. Public meetings were held to provide a forum for stakeholders and residents to express their ideas about regional needs and priorities. The outcome from these meetings is the completion of a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis. A Public Survey was posted on various internet sites to give the public access to the process of identifying our priorities.
After the SWOT Analysis, building on the 2014 CEDS as a foundation, a Vision with Goals, Objectives and Actions was prepared. The next step was to formulate the Action Plan delineating the Actions, Partners, and Metrics used to define success. An Evaluation Framework and discussion of Economic Resilience round out the sections of The Plan.
The CEDS includes three documents: Part I, Executive Summary; Part II, The Plan, Part III, Appendices: A, B & C. The Executive Summary is designed to be shorter, stand-along document extracted from The Plan describing the SWOT process and highlighting the Action Plan, which forms the heart of the strategy. The Appendices contain process, demographics and background.
To view the 2020 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Document follow the links below: