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SOUTHERN VERMONT — The annual submissions process has opened for projects to be included in the Southern Vermont Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The plans are due Nov. 30. The CEDS is a federally-approved action plan for growing the Southern Vermont economy with a regional public process.

Each year, the CEDS is refreshed with new and updated “CEDS Projects” submissions that highlight projects, programs and activities that address Southern Vermont’s greatest needs and enhance the region’s competitiveness.

This year’s project submission deadline is earlier than in previous years. This adjustment will better align the CEDS cycle with a series of state and federal funding initiatives, some of which emerged in response to the pandemic. The programs are often applicable to the community development work that typifies CEDS projects. Going forward, synchronizing the CEDS timeline with these initiatives will help local organizations amplify their work and prepare for additional investments.

CEDS Project submissions are compiled by economic development staff maintaining the CEDS, and reviewed and ranked by a committee of volunteers. This process takes into consideration how each project will advance and impact the objectives of the CEDS, as well as readiness to begin, partners, and investments made to date.

While the inclusion of a project in the CEDS does not guarantee future investment, it does indicate to federal, state and philanthropic funders that the project is aligned with the region’s economic and community development goals. This annual process also ensures regional and statewide organizations have a clear understanding of southern Vermont projects in the works or underway.

More information on how to submit a project will be provided during a Knowledge Bites webinar on Oct. 26 at noon. Please register at

For a step-by-step guide on submitting a project, or to read the CEDS itself, please visit Any private or public entity or consortium of entities can submit a project for consideration, but applications will only be accepted from entities directly responsible for implementing the projects.

For inquiries, questions, and clarifications, contact: Jonathan Cooper, Bennington County Regional Commission at or (802) 442-0713 ext. 311, or Sarah Lang, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation at or (802) 257-7731 x222.


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