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).
Services & Programs Offered
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.
SWFRPC’s Brownfields Program was established to facilitate the redevelopment and revitalization of Brownfield areas.
SWFRPC provides technical assistance to local governments on their economic development activities, programs, and grant applications.
SWFRPC works with a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee to guide regional economic development plans, policies, and programs.
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.
EDA CARES Act: Recovery & Resiliency
The EDA CARES Act was a non-competitive – invitation only program that was funding the the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (SWFRPC) for two years. The SWFRPC will support activities that prevent, prepare for, and respond to the corona-virus (COVID-19) pandemic, or respond to economic injury as a result of corona-virus. The SWFRPC has hired a Regional Disaster Economic Recovery Coordinator, Jim Burch to provide technical assistance and capacity building for communities, businesses, and other stakeholder in the Region impacted by COVID-19. Specifically focused outreach to Black-owned businesses and communities of color to determine the impacts of the corona-virus on this segment of business ownership.
Meetings & Agendas
EDA CARES Act – COVID Disaster Recovery:
The SWFRPC offers to run economic impact analyses for its partners using REMI Policy Insight+. REMI PI+ is a leading regional economic modeling tool used to generate realistic year by year estimates of the total regional impacts of any policy changes. REMI combines the strength of different analytical tools such as, input-output, econometric, and economic base models. The model is calibrated to local conditions using a relatively large amount of data. This allows the user to manipulate a large amount of input and produces forecasts for a large amount of output variables. Unlike other microcomputer based regional forecasting models, REMI accounts for business cycles and allows the user special flexibility in analyzing the timing of economic impact.
Download the following form to request an economic modeling run for your area. Fill out the form and return to CJ Kammerer at the bottom of this page.