The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for MACOG Region

2015-2019 CEDS for MACOG Region (10.5 MB)

What is a CEDS?  

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is a tool whereby a region, such as Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, plans for the future in a broad manner.  The CEDS analyzes the region's strengths and weaknesses, discusses the natural resources, infrastructure (water, sewer, highways, railways, etc.), the economy, and major industries (agriculture, manufacturing, services, etc).

Most important, the CEDS discusses the community's vision for the future.  It answers the questions "where are we headed?" and "where do we want to be in the next 10 or 20 years?".  In answering these questions, the region can develop priorities on issues like education, workforce, transportation, and quality of life.  Also, the CEDS lists specific steps and timeframes to meet the regional priorities so that the community can actually see the progress.  Finally, the CEDS discusses evaluation measures by which the region can gauge success.

An important aspect of the CEDS is that it is a living document that can be updated to reflect any changes in the region.  This makes the document more effective as a reference guide and as a funding tool.  

Annual Regional Economic Development Symposium

MACOG annually holds a Regional Economic Development Symposium comprised of an interactive workshop and keynote speaker dinner event.  The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together local elected officials, municipal technical and economic development departments, representatives from the Economic Development Administration, citizens and business persons, chambers of commerce and legislators.  The symposium provides a networking opportunity and highlights economic development opportunities in the Region. 

Regional Economic Development Resource Directory

Regional Census and Demographic Information

National and State Economic Development Partners

Local Economic Development Partners

If you have any questions on regional economic development issues, please contact MACOG at (574) 287-1829 or e-mail us at