Central/Southern NH Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The Central/Southern New Hampshire Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) represents a unique partnership between the Central New Hampshire Planning Commission (CNHRPC) and the SNHPC in developing and implementing a CEDS process for the Central/Southern Region of New Hampshire. This is the first time two regional planning commission in New Hampshire have joined together to collaboratively develop and implement a CEDS plan for one region
In 2012, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation awarded SNHPC a statewide community impact grant through their Statewide Regional Partnership Fund to carry out this project. The purpose is to implement a pilot program and statewide advocacy to expand resource sharing and group purchasing within the state and to identify ways local government can save time, resources and money in the delivery of public services, programs and facilities. During the course of the project, a total of five advisory Committee meetings were held to identify and evaluate the most pressing sharing needs and opportunities among local government in the region. Through this effort, a comprehensive inventory of existing and proposed inter-governmental agreements was developed; a survey of high priority needs and opportunities was conducted; a series of innovative and successful mutual sharing and group purchasing models and programs were developed and endorsed by the Advisory Committee; and the project became the feature article in the March/April 2014 New Hampshire Town and City magazine. Dennis Delay, economist with NH Center for Public Policy Studies and Chris Porter, former research with Local Government Center participated on the project team with SNHPC.
At the Manchester Development Corporation's Annual Meeting in April 2014, NH College and University Council President and CEO Tom Horgan gave a presentation on the important role higher education plays in New Hampshire, particularly here in Manchester, and its impact on the local and state economy.