Economic & Community Development
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
In 2011, the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) was designated by the Economic Development Administration, a division of the United States Department of Commerce, as an Economic Development District serving 26 communities in Cumberland County. The region’s 256,656 people represent 19% of Maine’s population and its 155,431 jobs represent 27% of its employment. As an Economic Development District, one of our core responsibilities is the creation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the GPCOG region. To fulfill that mission, GPCOG, along with each of the state’s seven economic development districts, has implemented Mobilize Maine, a grassroots economic strategy that focuses on leveraging unique assets within each region for economic growth and quality of place.
This document represents new thinking on how we sustain and build our economy by focusing our efforts within, on what is special and unique about our region. Mobilize Maine concentrates on what we have in our control—our regional assets. Over 150 business and community leaders were engaged in compiling this document.
SMEDD is responsible for coordinating the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is an economic growth and development strategy which allows communities in York and Cumberland Counties to become eligible for funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA).
EDA provides grants to support planning and infrastructure in rural and urban areas experiencing economic distress due to high unemployment, low income, mass layoffs, closure of federal facilities, natural disasters, depletion of natural resources, or changing trade patterns.
Eligible communities in York and Cumberland Counties must apply for EDA funds through SMEDD. In addition to meeting economic distress criteria, eligible communities must include their projects in the CEDS.
Click here for a Project Development form.
Click here for the EDA grant application for the Portland-Westbrook Biotechnology District (27mb)
Click here for a pdf version of the 2009 GPCOG CEDS (24 mb and 321 pages)
Click here for a pdf version of the 2008 GPCOG CEDS (16.5 mb)
Click here for a pdf version of the 2007 GPCOG CEDS (short version)
Click here for a pdf version of the 2007 GPCOG CEDS (long version-15 mb)
Click here for a pdf version of the 2007 SMRPC CEDS.
For more information, contact Caroline Paras , Community and Economic Planner