RIDGWAY – The North Central Pennsylvania Planning and Regional Development Commission has partnered with Atlas Community Studios, a company specializing in strategic planning and local economic development, and Broad Ripple Strategies to create a new comprehensive strategy for economic development (CEDS) and a resilience plan.
In response to a changing economic landscape in the aftermath of COVID-19, North Central’s new CEDS and resilience plan will address the region’s development and growth, identify economic vulnerabilities and opportunities, and develop recovery strategies to short term as well as long term resilience.
An ECSR, according to the US Economic Development Administration, is a strategic plan for regional economic development and is the result of a regional planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resilience of an area or area. a region.
As part of this important process, Atlas is organizing six (6) different focus groups focused on specific topics and sectors. The focus groups will provide North Central an opportunity to learn more about the strengths and opportunities in the resident fields and for residents to learn more about North Central’s vision for the completed CEDS.
Atlas will be in the Center-Nord region from October 13 to 15 to lead the discussion groups.
Focus groups will be available for in-person and virtual participation and should be no longer than 90 minutes. All in-person participations will take place at the NC PA LaunchBox at 2 E Long Street, DuBois. See below for a full schedule of focus group topics for October 13-15.
- K-12 Thursday October 14, 2021 at 3 p.m.
- Large employers / public services on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.
- Small businesses and entrepreneurship Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.
- Tourism on Wednesday Oct. 13, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
- Public transport and infrastructure on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
- Workforce Development Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.