SeVEDS’ S.M.A.R.T. CEDS Now a National Model

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) completed its draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southeastern Vermont’s Windham Region. The CEDS was developed with VE assistance and guidance from a task force that included municipal, business and nonprofit sectors from throughout the region. It will serve as a blueprint for economic development activity in the Windham region, and will help the region qualify for grants and assistance from multiple federal agencies.

This CEDS was the first in the country to use a S.M.A.R.T. goals approach. This approach has now been embraced by NADO and has become a national model for other CEDS.

SeVEDS started in 2007 as a small group seeking to improve broadband and cell service. The group eventually determined that the region needed to focus more broadly on economic development. They first contracted with ViTAL Economy in 2010 to perform asset mapping; that work led to VE’s help to create the first S.M.A.R.T. CEDS in the country.

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