Since its establishment in 1974, the Region 2 Planning Commission has been active in the economic development of the Region. The R2PC has assisted local units of government with the creation of economic development tools such as overall economic development plans, TIFA districts, master plans, infrastructure improvements, and development of proposals for economic development projects.
R2PC’s primary economic development focus is the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is a regional approach to economic development planning and was created under the auspices of the Economic Development Administration (EDA).
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The R2PC adopted the Region’s first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in 2010. Development of the CEDS was funded by a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). CEDS Updates were made in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. The CEDS was the first step in establishing the R2PC as an Economic Development District (EDD) for the Region 2 area (i.e., Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee counties), which was obtained in 2013. EDD status and an up-to-date CEDS are important components in the development of an on-going relationship with the EDA. It also makes public entities in the Region eligible for additional funding sources of assistance from the EDA.
A new edition of the CEDS was required by the EDA in 2017. The R2PC obtained a Partnership Planning grant from the EDA to create the new edition of the plan. A Steering Committee consisting of representatives involved in economic development throughout the Region. The 2017-2021 edition of the Region 2 Planning Commission Comprehensive Development Strategy was approved by the Full Board on September 14, 2017.
The CEDS includes: a description of the Region 2 Area, including socioeconomic performance monitoring; a further refined analysis of socioeconomic conditions through a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis; a Mission Statement; and an Action Plan, including Goals, Strategies with corresponding Performance Measures which address each Goal, and a broad listing of economic development Project Types needed in the Region 2 area.
The CEDS mission statement is:
To produce an environment that encourages the creation of jobs, promotes education, fosters community development (including placemaking, quality of life, and infrastructure), and advances business development to compete in a global environment.
The CEDS also lists four goals intended to address the Region’s economic development needs:
- Encourage collaborative and economic partnerships to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Provide opportunities to support globally competitive business environment strategies.
- Expand post-secondary educational and workforce development opportunities to retain and attract talent
- Diversify the economy.
Strategies with corresponding Performance Measures were also identified to address each goal.
The created a Project Type list for potential projects to be included in the CEDS. The project list is as follows:
- Commercial, Industrial, and Entrepreneurial Investments
- New/Expanding Research and Development Facilities and High-Tech Industries
- New/Expanding Education Facilities and Innovative Equipment Acquisition
- Public and Multi-Modal Transportation
- Roadway Network Maintenance/Improvements
- Expansion/Maintenance of Public Transportation Services
- Freight — Rail/Air/Port Maintenance/Improvements
- Investment in Energy and Renewable Energy
- Infrastructure Improvements
- Waste Management and Treatment (e.g., Water, Sewer, Solid Waste, etc.)
- Utility Restoration, Improvement, and Access (including Broadband)
- Provision of Other Municipal (including County) Services
- Place Making, Culture, Recreation and Tourism Efforts
- New Mixed-Use Developments
- Business and Technology Incubator/Accelerator
- Agriculture, including Value-Added Processing, and the Local Food Movement
- Water/Natural Resources
- Education/Workforce Training
- Increased Housing Options (e.g., the ‘missing middle’)
- Health Care, including Medical Services, and Wellness
- Asset Mapping
- Professional Service Industries (i.e., engineering, architects, accountants, lawyers, etc.)