CEDS Process

 

 

The 2015 CEDS (www.SOVAeconomy.com) is a product of the Southside Planning District Commission (SPDC) developed in cooperation with Brunswick, Halifax and Mecklenburg Counties and the Towns of South Boston and South Hill.  The report follows the criterion set forth by the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is guided by the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee. The report emphasizes implementation of the identified priorities and vision.  The process involved with the development of the vision, priorities, and implementation strategies is critical to the overall awareness, acceptance, and success of the plan as an economic development tool. 

 

Synthesis of Existing Plans

 

Previous Economic Development Planning Efforts

 

Planning efforts related to the local and regional economy have been undertaken at differing geographies across the region for many years.  Previous plans have encompassed individual localities, the three-county region of Southside PDC, Virginia’s Tobacco Region and other multi-county organizations.  Some plans have focused on specific subject matter, such as workforce development, while others have been more general in nature.  Each plan brought together public sector engagement, matter experts, business interests and local officials to identify and develop potential solutions to the economic challenges facing Southside PDC.

 

EXISTING PLANS

 

  • Southside PDC Data Book                                        

  • Area 8 Regional Credential Employer Survey           

  • Virginia Growth Alliance (VGA) "SET" Report           

  • Southside PDC Hazardous Mitigation Plan               

  • Assessing Economic Impacts of Ecotourism             

        in the Virginia Roanoke River Basin            

  • Developing an Advanced Manufacturing                   

        Workforce for Virginia's Tobacco Region

  • Southside Virginia Supply Chain Analysis                

  • New Virginia Economy                                               

  • VEC Labor Market Information Report                       

  • An Economic and Workforce Evaluation of                

       Targeted Industry Sectors in the VGA Region

  • Workforce Development and the Role of Human       

        Capital, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

  • US and Virginia Economic Outlook, Federal              

        Reserve Bank of Richmond

  • Virginia Outdoor Plan Region 13 Southside              

  • Virginia Performs                                                       

 

 

 

A stakeholder survey was also conducted with identified economic stakeholders representing a variety of businesses and positions in the region.  

The purpose of the survey is to anecdotally verify the information presented in the above data sets in a way that is current, meaningful, and humanistic.  Much can be learned from the economic data available within the region, but much can also be lost in translation.  A thorough, efficient, and meaningful process makes the data tell the Southern Virginia story as one that is compelling and unique and demonstrates that the regional economy is stabilizing and poised to be a major competitor on the national stage. 

As a final step in the development of this report, the SPDC advertised a comment period for at least 30 days and comments received on the report are reflected in the document, as well as how the comments are addressed. In addition, comments can be received anytime through the Southside Planning District Commission website (www.southsidepdc.org). The CEDS website (www.SOVAeconomy.com) is intended to be a dynamic, effective tool to assist the Counties of Brunswick, Halifax and Mecklenburg and the Towns of South Boston and South Hill in being a competitive economic force within the state, region, and beyond.  

 

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