Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

NMCOG serves as the economic development partner of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce for the Greater Lowell region.  Through this partnership, NMCOG develops the Five-Year and Annual Updates of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and provides staff support for the Greater Lowell CEDS Committee. NMCOG maintains the ongoing grassroots CEDS planning process, supports local economic development initiatives and promotes regional economic development projects that create well-paying jobs for the region.


2020 CEDS Survey:

NMCOG is currently developing a new Five-Year CEDS document for the Greater Lowell region. A short online survey focused on identifying challenges, opportunities and benefits for businesses and economic development in the Greater Lowell region is available at CEDS Survey.

The 2020 CEDS Survey is now closed - response details will be available soon!  


Past Regional Economic Development Efforts

In 2014, NMCOG completed its CEDS Update for 2010-2013 which updated economic data and reported on current economic conditions in the region.  The CEDS Update also tracked the progress of projects contained in the Five-Year 2009-2013 CEDS and reviewed and updated the priority economic development projects and strategies for the region over the upcoming years. For a copy of our most recent CEDS documents, click on the links below.

For additional information please contact Jay Donovan, NMCOG Assistant Director at 978-454-8021, ext. 116 or jdonovan@nmcog.org.