About the Project

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission has partnered with Atlas Community Studios, a firm specializing in strategic planning and place-based economic development, and Broad Ripple Strategies to create a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and Resiliency Plan. According to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), a CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development, and is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region. To qualify for EDA assistance under its Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance grant programs, North Central must update their CEDS at least every five years.

In response to an evolved economic landscape as a result of COVID-19 North Central’s new CEDS and Resiliency Plan will address the region’s development and growth, identify economic vulnerabilities and opportunities, and strategize short-term recovery as well as long-term resiliency.

About North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission is a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and designated as a 501a(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. North Central is identified as a premier regional development organization that delivers a wide range of economic, community, infrastructure, human services, and technology programs for Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter Counties. North Central is a multi-faceted regional resource assisting stakeholders with navigating complex state and federal programs. These programs generate considerable benefit to the area’s community and economic development, human services, infrastructure and information technology.

Focus Group Results

The week of October 13, the Atlas team visited the region to conduct a series of focus groups. Click on the links below to check out the results from each session!

Topics included:

Project Timeline

February 2022
Today
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022
June 2022

Resilience Committee

  • Brittany Wortman North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission
  • Amy Kessler North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission
  • Sherry Dumire North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission
  • Jodi Brennan Clearfield County, Pennsylvania
  • Tina Gradizzi City of St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • Pam Streich Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission 
  • Jill- Martin Rend BC3@Brockway
  • Katie Donald Punxsutawney Groundhog Club

Partner Organizations

Pennsylvania Wilds

North Central RPO

PA Route 6 Alliance

Lumber Heritage Region

Workforce Solutions for North Central PA

Stay up to date.
Sign-up for email updates!

If you would like to stay up to date on the North Central Pennsylvania CEDS project, please enter your information below. Emails will be sent periodically with important project updates and completed milestones.