2016-2021 ECVEDD Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) A CEDS is a strategy-driven, locally developed roadmap for economic development, with the ultimate goal being a stronger, more diverse regional and resilient economy. The CEDS process provides the opportunity for individuals, organizations, local governments, educational institutions, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation about what economic development efforts would best serve the region. While the CEDS’ most critical function is to provide an economic development framework, it also serves as a required vehicle through which some federal agencies (especially the EDA) evaluate requests for grant assistance. An approved EDA CEDS is required for entities in the region to be eligible for EDA funding. 2016-2021 ECVEDD Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) ECVEDD 2016-2021 CEDS Actions and Tasks CEDS Performance Measures & Goal Indicators State of Vermont CEDS 2020 In June 2014, Vermont became one of the few states in the nation to complete a statewide comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The Vermont 2020 CEDS was completed with immense help and input from stakeholders around the state and with the generous guidance and funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.