Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

SECOG staff facilitates and assists with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. The SECOG CEDS is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency in the southeastern region of South Dakota. It is a key component in establishing and maintaining a robust economic ecosystem by helping to build regional capacity (through hard and soft infrastructure) that contributes to individual, firm, and community success. The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local governments, institutes of learning, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region. Regions must update their CEDS at least every five years to qualify for Economic Development Administration (EDA) assistance under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. In addition, a CEDS is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD).

For additional information contact Sophie Johnson at (605) 681-8184 or at

The 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) can be accessed here.