Growing Greater Philadelphia: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS): Participation and Engagement

Growing Greater Philadelphia, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the region's strategy-driven framework to increase economic productivity, diversify local wealth, improve the culture for underrepresented businesses, and increase individual prosperity for the region's residents. The CEDS is developed through guidance and support of the Economic Development Committee, which is made up of public-and private-sector representatives.

Take Action!

  • Identify the regions strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in exercise in the SWOT Analysis feature.
  • Share experiences and suggestions with the CEDS Committee and DVRPC in the Ideas feature.
  • Check the News feed feature for updates and other opportunities to get involved.


Growing Greater Philadelphia, the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the region's strategy-driven framework to increase economic productivity, diversify local wealth, improve the culture for underrepresented businesses, and increase individual prosperity for the region's residents. The CEDS is developed through guidance and support of the Economic Development Committee, which is made up of public-and private-sector representatives.

Take Action!

  • Identify the regions strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in exercise in the SWOT Analysis feature.
  • Share experiences and suggestions with the CEDS Committee and DVRPC in the Ideas feature.
  • Check the News feed feature for updates and other opportunities to get involved.


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    Highlighted below results of the FY 2019 SWOT analysis. Help us update the current state of the region and identify the regions strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. What is missing? What should be removed?  The results of the SWOT will inform the development of the regional goals and strategies for the updated CEDS.

    Click on the Quick Reply button to share! The SWOT process will be available through December 31, 2022.

    Strengths (relative competitive advantages) Weaknesses (competitive disadvantages)

    Strong presence of higher education institutions.

    Historic charm and identity.

    Diverse mix of ethnic nationalities.

    Well-positioned to advance innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Heath care accessibility and options.

    General high quality of life with cultural amenities, recreational venues, and important historical sites.


    Little opportunity for social and economic mobility.

    Communities are prone to flooding and negative impacts of fracking.                  

    Governmental fragmentation does not allow for cohesive, cooperative planning across borders.

    The region's robust infrastructure is aging and in need of expensive repairs.  

    Political leadership is divisive and not inclusive of new groups or innovative ideas.

    Entrenched poverty in the urban areas requires attention. 

    Opportunities (chances for regional improvement) Threats (negative impacts or decline)

    Expand the economy and job opportunities via increased minority entrepreneurs and businesses. 

    New multimodal infrastructure investments to improve lifestyles. 

    The region's historic and welcoming culture offers opportunities to expand tourism.  

    The influx in new immigrant populations contributes to the quality of life for residents and businesses.   

    New energy-efficient industrial sectors are providing new types of jobs that respond to the changing economy and workforce.         

    Opportunity to increase our foreign and domestic output with port investments and expansion. 

    Utilize needed water/sewer repairs to include new career paths. 

    An increase in luxury residential development is negatively impacting affordability and equity. 

    The region competes economically with cities in the South and Southwest which have cheaper land prices and more friendly business climates

    The region's aging workforce presents challenges as older adults retire.         

    Increases in natural disasters due to climate change have a high economic cost for communities, businesses, and individuals. 

    Lack of proper funding for schools puts a larger burden on communities and individuals to pay for quality education. 

     


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