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For Immediate Release: Planning for A Resilient Cape Cod Economy Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Public Comment Period Open


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Kristy Senatori, Executive Director | 508-362-3828
Leslie Richardson, Chief Economic Development Officer | 508-362-3828

Planning for A Resilient Cape Cod Economy Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Public Comment Period Open

The Barnstable County Economic Development Council (BCEDC) has released the 2019 draft update to Cape Cod’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for a 30-day public comment period. Members of the public are invited to review and provide feedback on the document.
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy serves as a blueprint for economic development across the region. The BCEDC serves as the CEDS strategy committee and has been working with Cape Cod Commission staff to implement a public participation process to help shape the draft document. Regional leaders across sectors that influence the economy and economic development have played an integral role in shaping the action plan to achieve the vision of a region that cultivates creativity, diversity, and innovation to build a strong and resilient economy.

The CEDS is supported by the growth policy and goals established in the Regional Policy Plan, which reflect the interconnectedness of Cape Cod’s natural, built, and community systems and their impact on the regional economy. It includes an action plan to address some of the region’s major economic challenges, including climate change, housing, demographic diversity, and others, and provides information on key industries supported by Cape Cod’s unique character, natural environment, and proximity to the coast. Implementation of the CEDS relies on joint commitment and collaboration and the action plan seeks to provide forums for local and regional organizations to identify and execute economic development policies and projects, and advance economic resiliency.  Upon endorsement of the CEDS by the BCEDC and adoption by the Cape Cod Commission, the document will be submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for adoption.

For more information on the 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and to view the draft document, please visit
The public is invited to submit written comments via email at;
by mail:  2019 CEDS Update, Cape Cod Commission
PO Box 226
Barnstable, MA 02630-0226
or in person at the Commission offices, 3225 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630.
Public review and comment on the draft document will close on May 26, 2019.


The Cape Cod Commission is the regional land use planning, economic development, and regulatory agency for Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It was created in 1990 to serve the citizens and 15 towns that comprise Cape Cod. The Commission works toward maintaining a healthy balance between economic progress and environmental vitality. “Keeping a special place special” describes the agency’s mission to protect the region’s unique qualities. The 19-member volunteer Cape Cod Commission board represents a wide spectrum of the community and provides oversight for a staff of 40 professionals. For more information, visit: