Welcome to CEDD’s Inaugural Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural Centralina Economic Development District (CEDD) newsletter. The CEDD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates under the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) and is the U.S. Commerce EDA-designated “district” covering a nine county Charlotte region. CEDD exists to develop, maintain, and support implementation of the district’s EDA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The 2017-2022 Prosperity for Greater Charlotte CEDS includes a holistic perspective of economic development. In its mission to support growth in the region, CEDD strives to build partnerships between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. This partnership is reflected in the CEDS, which acknowledges all three sectors in its central strategies.

The CEDD has recently created an entirely new organizational brand and website that is a modern online real-time toolkit of plan strategies, data, and other economic resources. Our robust web resources include economic, transportation, workforce, and community plans and data that local leaders need to make informed data-based economic development decisions. This new communications platform is designed to support governments, economic development organizations, and other nonprofits in their mission to grow the region, enhance the tax base, and promote quality of life while also proving useful for other region stakeholders and public-at-large as well. The CEDD mission is committed to providing elected officials and administrators across the region with live-updated data that is strategic, actionable, and accessible, available at centralinaedd.org.

A robust interactive data library is available for the nine-county Centralina EDD region of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties. Data is also included for the official U.S. Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) plus we have added the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CBRA) region that covers the official 15 county bi-state CRBA economic zone. Information is sourced from a variety of Federal and State databases, including the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

You were recommended as having an interest in regional economic development and have been included in this inaugural distribution of our quarterly newsletter. The CEDD newsletter will provide the latest in economic updates, data-driven narratives, and CEDD/U.S. EDA services to subscribers. Feel free to opt out of this newsletter at any time, or reach out to cedd@centralina.org with any questions or input.

Thank you!

Mike Manis
CEDD President/COO