Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado

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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The updated 2016 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southwest Colorado is produced by the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, and is the result of a local planning process designed to guide the economic growth of Archuleta, La Plata, Dolores, Montezuma and San Juan Counties. The full CEDS is updated every five years, and each County’s profile and Community Development Action Plan (CDAPs) is updated on a two-year cycle.  This 2016 document is the fifth full edition. Any interested citizen may find an electronic copy here on our website or contact our office at 970-247-9621.  

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document provides detailed economic and demographic profiles for the counties of Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma San Juan and the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribes. The purpose of the CEDS is to create a plan for retaining and creating better paying jobs, fostering stable and more diversified economies, as well as maintaining and improving the quality of life in Southwest Colorado. The CEDS planning process provides an opportunity for economic development stakeholders, and the community at-large, to unite behind a vision that creates long-term economic growth and stability, while protecting the natural and social assets that makes the region distinct and attractive.

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy:


Community Development Action Plans (CDAPs)

As part of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), Region 9 produces Community Development Action Plans (CDAPs) for each county within our region. Each CDAP is a ranked list of projects that addresses various aspects of economic and community development within each county. The CDAPs are useful tools for organizations working with communities and can be one central source for understanding the full range of projects that are in process or are desired. Every two years the lists are reviewed and completed projects are removed from the plan and new projects that have been identified can be added. The updated CDAP's are reviewed by community stakeholders and signed by the relevant County Commissioners.

For older versions of the CDAP's - contact Region 9 at 970-247-9621.

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County CDAP Publications