About the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board publishes or updates the CEDS on an annual basis. From the federal government‘s perspective, the CEDS is the official economic development strategic plan for the Southern Tier West region of New York State. The EDA has specific guidelines for the creation of a CEDS. Project sponsors seeking funding can include references to CEDS strategies supporting their project.
The purpose of this plan is to encourage regional collaborative action to create an economic environment that fosters job creation, a more diversified economy, and improved quality of life for residents of southwestern NY. It is also to ensure that the region keeps pace with the need for resilience planning, equitable distribution of resources, and workforce development. Throughout the plan, readers will find prompts to look at an issue through an equity lens, a workforce lens, or a resilience lens. These prompts will be noted in purple text.
Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board
Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board (STW) is the regional development organization for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties in collaboration with the Seneca Nation. STW assists 124 towns and villages in a diverse set of topics including community and economic development, local government training, food system development, data and technology services, environmental and energy planning, regional services, transportation, and water source management.