The third meeting of the comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) update process was held on Wednesday, June 30th. The meeting started with an overview presentation of Sherman County by Judge Joe Dabulskis, who shared the opportunities and challenges that exist for the area. Jessica Metta, MCEDD’s executive director, shared a review of prior CEDS sessions held thus far. The purpose of the meeting was to analyze the region’s assets, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Breakout groups were asked to identify and prioritize the top items for each SWOT section and share this with the entire group. A summary of this prioritization, along with the meeting presentations, can be found below.
The data and thoughts shared by stakeholders across the five counties during this session will help to guide the priorities for the economic strategy update, which will support a prosperous economy and a more resilient region. We appreciate your participation in this process and look forward to seeing you at the July 28th CEDS meeting where we will discuss the Vision and Goals for the region. If you would like to register for the upcoming sessions, please click here: https://forms.gle/GkYVrz8JQHb6Xf4U7
Information gathered at the monthly events will be pulled together with secondary research to develop the final plan, the Mid-Columbia Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for 2022-2027.