As an Economic Development District (EDD), Strafford Economic Development District is a federally designated organization charged with the maintenance and implementation of a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The District received its designation in 2015 and is in the early stages of the formation and development process. Strafford Regional Planning Commission, the District's parent entity, has maintained its CEDS document with limited funding support since 2011. The Designation application process, which commenced in 2013, represents a 'win' for regional cooperation and collaboration in economic development. The region is now eligible for a 50% matching partnership planning grant to fund the program and staff.
The Strafford EDD is tasked with maintaining the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region. This document highlights regional trends, happenings with businesses and industries in the regional, and priority projects and updates submitted by our communties and stakeholders. Learn more on the CEDS page.
The SEDD Board of Directors is the governing body for the Strafford Economic Development District. This group is tasked with guiding the processes of the EDD, approving official documents, and offering expertise and assistance. The Commissioners serve at the EDD Board of Directors. This group meets quarterly and meeting themes address areas of economic development.
The designation of Strafford Economic Development District means that member communities will continue to be active partners of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) development process. This regional CEDS, now approved by the EDA, is the formal mechanism through which regional entities are eligible to receive Economic Development Assistance Grants. Additionally, designation represents the EDA's recognition of the region's economic distress, a key criteria in the evaluation of requests for grant assistance.
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504