Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. It contributes to effective economic development in state and regional communities through a locally-based economic development planning process that includes input and recommendations from a variety of sources. The report analyzes current conditions, establishes goals, objectives, and a vision, and evaluates projects that move the region towards that vision. The CEDS is regularly updated and includes the guidance of an Advisory Committee that consists of representatives from the county, city planning and economic development agencies, regional economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, the academic community, and the private sector.


The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham seeks to assist its communities in the production of an adaptive, emergent workforce and to foster an environment of cooperation, connectivity, and sustainability.


A well-marketed region with an atmosphere of pervasive cooperation, premier educational facilities and staff, an ample, employment-ready workforce, heavily-invested leadership, and an infrastructure network that is both highly connective and accessible.


  • To foster regional cooperation.

  • To develop and maintain a strong, competitive workforce.

  • To promote relationships among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

  • To establish a well-connected, accessible, multi-modal highway, freight and public transportation network.

  • To provide optimal infrastructure in order to support current industries as well as attract new industries.

  • To market and improve regional assets.

  • To cultivate a competitive, attractive quality of life.


2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) 

2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)