Northeast Ohio Four County Regional Planning and Development Organization

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In 1978, NEFCO was designated as an Economic Development District by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the counties of Portage, Stark, Summit, and Wayne.  This designation gives member communities ongoing eligibility for economic assistance programs through the EDA.

NEFCO maintains this eligibility by updating the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), an annual document required by the EDA and containing the region’s goals and objectives, and the economic development priorities of NEFCO members.

Every five years, NEFCO prepares a Revised Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Annual Performance Report is completed for all other years.  Links to both publications can be found below.  The CEDS, which represents the consensus of NEFCO’s dues-paying members, articulates the economic development planning priorities of the region.

Vision Statement

NEFCO’s regional economic development planning program strives to grow the region’s economy through collaborative planning efforts with NEFCO’s area governments and by providing assistance in activities that:

Economic Development Planning program Goals and Objectives

CEDS Report
2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Annual Performance Report
2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

EDA Grants

EDA funds are available for eligible entities, as outlined in 13 Code of Federal Regulations Section 300.2.  These are typically governmental units, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations.  EDA has stringent requirements that must be met in order to qualify for a grant, which includes a local match of about 50 percent.  EDA usually targets places that display high economic distress (as measured by unemployment rates, per capita income, or a sudden loss of a major employer). 

We strongly urge potential applicants to contact Nick Lautzenheiser, Economic Development Planner, or 330.643.5037.  NEFCO staff provides valuable insight into EDA programs and requirements.

Application Deadlines
– Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis by the EDA.

Additional Information

EDA Funding Opportunities:

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