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UCP CEDS 2017-2022 Vision: 
“Think Regionally, Act Locally, Compete Globally”

  The region’s stakeholders are coming together to create a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for our five-county area.  The CEDS primary purpose is to provide a comprehensive, performance-based strategy to strengthen the region. The process includes an analysis of the region’s economy, established plans, area challenges & opportunities, and more.  The final strategy will contain measurable strategies and tactics for moving the region forward.

The CEDS 2017-2022 will be the result of an ongoing economic development planning process developed with diverse public and private sector participation. It will incorporate guiding principles and standards of various federal, state and local agencies through a partnership with the State Economic Development Strategy, “NC Tomorrow”. This ongoing process involves many area leaders including elected officials, economic developers, planners, private industry, educational institutions, and community organizations.

Goals, Objectives, Strategies, Actions

 As part of the foundation for the statewide NC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the NC Tomorrow Uniform Process guided state’s regions to center on four strategic goals:

  1. Build on each region’s competitive advantage and leverage the marketplace.
  2. Establish & maintain a robust regional infrastructure.
  3. Create revitalized, healthy and resilient communities.
  4. Develop talented and innovative people.

These four strategic goals are being used to develop relevant and impactful Regional Strategies and Tactics. 

The DRAFT 2017-2022 CEDS is currently under a 30-day public review and comment period until October 13, 2017 and can be viewed here .





For more information on the North Carolina Regional and Statewide Strategies for Comprehensive Community and Economic Development, please visit the Association of Regional Councils of Government's website at, where you will find the NC Tomorrow Plan.


The Upper Coastal Plains Council of Governments is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Community Development Manager in the department of Planning and Development Services. Click the following links for the job description and announcement:
Applicants should include a completed Employment Application found at the bottom of the UCPCOG home page, along with a resume and cover letter.