Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy


The County of Los Angeles (County) and the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) develops a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) every five years to provide goals and actions for communities spanning the Santa Clarita Valley down to the South Bay and from East San Gabriel Valley to the Pacific Ocean. The CEDS promotes economic prosperity and improves quality of life for the County’s inhabitants. The CEDS enables the County and those municipalities within it to compete for federal funds for various projects.

To complete the CEDS, economic development professionals collaborate with transportation and land use planners, tourism experts, environmental groups, elected officials, universities and colleges, non-profits, and community and business leaders to outline and annually update the region’s planning strategy for community and economic vitality, prosperity, growth, and overall sustainability.
The CEDS contributes to effective economic development throughout the region with a locally based economic development planning process.  Economic development planning, as implemented through the CEDS, successfully serves to engage community leaders, leverages the involvement of the private sector, and establishes a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration.  The CEDS provides the capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic stakeholders, creates the environment for regional development and overall economic prosperity.

At its core, the CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development.  The CEDS provides a vehicle for individuals, organizations, local governments, institutes of learning, and private industries to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about what capacity building efforts would best serve economic development in the region. 

Please contact Carey Jenkins for additional information.
(626) 586-1854