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Mission: to work together across neighboring communities to consistently protect and improve the unique and relatively unspoiled character of the physical, economic and social worlds we share for the benefit of our future generations.

Economic Development Planning

Economic Development District (EDD)

In 1992, the SWFRPC was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The SWFRPC staffs the Southwest Florida Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee, which includes representatives from the Region and was established to address the area’s economic problems and challenges from a regional perspective. The EDD is comprised of the six counties that make up the SWFRPC (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota, and all municipalities therein).

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The CEDS provides a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of economic development organizations, local governments, and private industries for the purpose of creating jobs, fostering a stable and diversified economy, and improving living conditions.

On October 19, 2017, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council approved its new five-year (2017-2022) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) plan.

Services & Programs Offered

  • Coordination
    SWFRPC plays a role in the coordination of efforts within the Region by providing a one-stop information clearinghouse of information on EDA and other federal economic programs.
  • Brownfields
    SWFRPC is working towards the development of a Brownfields Program to facilitate the redevelopment and revitalization of Brownfield areas. Click for more information.
  • Technical Assistance
    SWFRPC provides technical assistance to local governments on their economic development activities, programs, and grant applications.
  • Planning
    SWFRPC works with a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee to guide regional economic development plans, policies, and programs.

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