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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)


The Council accomplishes its program through its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. The CEDS Committee serves as an idea and information exchange for agencies, firms, officials and individuals concerned with economic development in the District and advises the Council on economic development issues. The Council provides administrative and technical support and hosts bi-monthly meetings of the CEDS Committee. The effort is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) who has designated the Council region an Economic Development District. The past year's efforts have included the preparation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Economic Development District that analyzes district trends, resources and needs, reports on progress, lists goals and objectives, priority projects and includes an implementation strategy. The strategy also aims to provide data, program information and other assistance to a wide variety of individuals, private firms and public agencies interested in the region.

The most recent Annual Report of the CEDS Committee is available here.

Committee Members
John Murray, Chairperson
Maryellen Brett, Chairperson
Marline Amedee
Sean Boucher
Jennifer Burke
Mary Ellen DeFrias
Christopher Cooney
Tracey Costa
Stephanie Danielson
Robert Downey
Lee Hartmann
Jason Hunter
Michael Lambert
Forrest Lindwall
Frank Lynam
Rob May
Valerie Massard
Pelege Marcellin
Pamela McCarthy
Rose Paquette
Jay Pateakos
Debra Pettey
Sheila Sullivan-Jardim

Resources and Webinars

Community One Stop for Growth Webinar, March 16, 2021

Download Slides

Download our Small Business Guide here

Click here for our Small Business Guide to find grants, resources and more.

View the Presentation of MA Economic Growth and Challenges in the Age of COVID-19

A presentation from the UMass Donahue Institute: Massachusetts Economic Growth and Challenges in the Age of COVID-19

CEDS Reports

  • 2020-2025 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2018-2019 Annual Progress Report on Goals and ObjectivesPDF
  • 2018 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2017 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2016 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2015 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2014 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2013 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2012 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2011 CEDS Annual Report - PDF
  • 2009 CEDS Annual Report - PDF

Past CEDS Meetings

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Link
April 20, 2021 Download in PDF Format
February 16, 2021 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format Watch on YouTube
January 19, 2021 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format Watch on YouTube
December 15, 2020 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format Watch on YouTube
October 20, 2020 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format Watch on YouTube
September 15, 2020 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format  
July 21, 2020 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format  
June 8, 2020 Download in PDF Format Download in PDF Format  
April 6, 2020   Download in PDF Format  
January 6, 2020 Download in PDF Format    

For prior agendas and minutes of CEDS committee meetings, email Dottie Fulginiti or call 508-583-1833 extension 203.