Economic Development

Greater Philadelphia is a complex region, covering portions of two states, with hundreds of municipalities responsible for individual development and land use decisions. The region’s economy is similarly diverse with dozens of public– and private– sector organizations seeking to promote or attract a wide variety of sectors and specific interests. DVRPC’s process and strategies strive to address all the challenges and promote opportunities within the region.

While each county and municipality approaches economic development differently, we are all united in advancing common goals: investing in people, creating attractive places, supporting businesses, and transforming infrastructure to meet the needs of a changing ecosystem. Continued coordination across state lines, city and county boundaries, employment sectors, and public and private sectors is essential to maintain a regional perspective.

As the Economic Development District for the nine-county region, DVRPC manages the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Greater Philadelphia, satisfying provisions of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The first Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework was formally approved by EDA as the regional CEDS in 2009 and recently updated in 2019. To remain eligible for EDA funding, the CEDS must be udpated every 5 years.

Committee Workshops

To comply with EDA guidelines, DVRPC staff will be facilitating the CEDS update during Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. To begin the engagement process, staff will be holding six 75-minute virtual workshops to discuss the individual theme goals of the CEDS: Economic, Social, and Environment. Participants may attend one or all of the workshops. Registration is required.

Workshop Registration Links:

April 17, 2023, 10 am   Economic Goals and Strategies Workshop

April 18, 2023, 10 am  Social Goals and Strategies Workshop

April 19, 2023, 10 am  Environment Goals and Strategies Workshop

April 24, 2023, 1 pm Economic Goals and Strategies Workshop

April 25, 2023, 1 pm Social Goals and Strategies Workshop

April 26, 2023, 1 pm Environment Goals and Strategies Workshop

Background Documents

Please review prior to the workshops. These documents will only be covered briefly.

SWOT Analysis Results (PDF)

Updating Goals for the CEDS: State of the Region (PDF)

FY 2019 Growing Greater Philadelphia: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Greater Philadelphia

Air Quality Partnership
Annual Report
Connections 2050
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
Economic Development District