The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) is holding a public comment period from April 22, 2024 until May 22, 2024 for the 2024-2028 Central Oregon Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is an asset-based, strategy-driven plan for regional economic development.

The CEDS articulates the region’s priority community economic development needs and is built with guidance from the Board-appointed Strategy Committee, a collaborative group of regional partners from a broad array of perspectives. The document identifies strategies to build regional and community capacity and readiness to support business retention, expansion, and recruitment and to improve economic resilience. Strategies and projects include public infrastructure, community facilities, capital needs, project development and coordination needs, and policies.

COIC is seeking public input on the content of the CEDS. The full CEDS document is available at www.coic.org/ceds. The Public Comment period is open from April 22nd, 2024, until May 22nd, 2024. Click here to access the comment form.

Significant CEDS outcomes include Regional Priority Issues and Key Initiatives. Priority Issues are the top categories and topics that impact the region’s overall economic development, stability, livability, and ability to grow. Key Initiatives are detailed projects or strategies that will be deployed by regional partners to address the regional Priority Issues. The CEDS also includes sections on the region’s economic profile, local community profiles, including priority issues and projects, and a section on regional resilience.

COIC is a Council of Governments and serves as the federally designated Economic Development District (EDD) for Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. As part of the EDD role, COIC prepares a CEDS every five years. COIC’s Board of Directors governs the CEDS and is responsible for approving the plan.