What is the CEDS?

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for South Florida is a roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The regional CEDS will guide federal and state investment priorities and funding sources and delineate lead organizations’ responsibilities for execution of the CEDS, while bringing together public and private sectors leaders and decision-makers. This is not a plan for the Council; rather, it is a strategy for the communities and businesses of South Florida.

The South Florida CEDS was approved for adoption at the Council’s regular meeting on November 27, 2017.

Goals for 2017–2022 Update

  1. Innovation and Competitiveness – To support programs, strategies, and data collection that contribute to the retention and the expansion of economically resilient businesses.
  2. Opportunity and Prosperity – To support a diversified economy through a focus on maintaining and improving workforce development programs, public infrastructure, and adaptive capacity.
  3. Vitality and Sustainability – To promote a high quality of life by supporting conscientious natural resource use and sustainable communities through the provision of quality education, healthcare systems, historical and cultural facilities, affordable housing, and natural open spaces.

Goals, objectives, and performance measures are based on the SWOT analysis and Florida’s Six Pillars framework to identify existing assets and vulnerabilities. The goals allow for measurable objectives and activities, as well as a set of metrics to monitor the progress of these goals. The CEDS also “cross-pollinates with other county and regional plans that support economic development initiatives and resiliency efforts.

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2017–2022 ADOPTED CEDS

Adopted by the South Florida Regional Planning Council, November 27, 2017

2017–2022 South Florida CEDS Update Timeline

Spring 2017

  • Formulation of advisory committee
  • Present Strategic Direction Plan outline and initial Evaluation Framework

Summer 2017

  • Convening of Advisory Committee to conduct SWOT Analysis

Fall 2017

  • CEDS Drafting
  • Call for public comment
  • Review and approval

CEDS Visualized

The visualizations below accompany the PDF version of the 2017–2022 South Florida CEDS. The visualizations utilize a platform called MySidewalk.

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