Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)


The Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) is in the process of creating its 2017-2021 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

Steps in the SENDD CEDS Update Process:

  • Identify a Strategy Committee (SENDD Board of Directors and Staff)
  • Data Collection
  • Region-wide survey through November 15, 2016 available at
  • Input Sessions at regional workshops – to be scheduled for November 2016, December 2106, and January 2017
  • Prepare Final Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
  • Release draft CEDS for 30-day public review & comment – April 1st-30th, 2017
  • Adoption by the SENDD Board of Directors and Submittal of the CEDS document to EDA

The CEDS is a requirement for designation as an Economic Development District by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.  The 27-member SENDD Board of Directors, which is composed of elected officials, private sector representatives, and stakeholders is the center Council of Government (COG) in the process and oversees SENDD Staff delivery of economic development services related to the CEDS.  The process is conducted every 5 years and will be due next in June, 2017.


2012 CEDS County Assessments (click links below for pdf document)
County Development Opportunity Assessments were prepared by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in support of the SENDD CEDS process.

All supporting research and analysis for the assessment is available in the Center’s online library at:

                                                                    Username: SENDDNE                                    Password: Foundation1 (case sensitive) 

County Assessments below outline the top 5 economic development opportunities for each county.  They also summarize some economic factors that are currently affecting the area.  This information was assembled and presented to county officials as part of the CEDS process, and incorporated into the final 2012 SENDD CEDS document.

Cass County Assessment                                                                                                                                                                                  
Fillmore County Assessment
Gage County Assessment
Jefferson County Assessment
Johnson County Assessment
Nemaha County Assessment
Otoe County Assessment
Pawnee County Assessment
Polk County Assessment
Richardson County Assessment
Saline County Assessment
Saunders County Assessment
Seward County Assessment
Thayer County Assessment
York County Assessment
SENDD Disaster and Economic Recovery and Resiliency Strategy 
The SENDD Disaster and Economic Recovery and Resiliency Strategy was approved by the SENDD Board on December 19, 2013 and submitted to EDA on December 23, 2013
SENDD Disaster and Economic Recovery and Resiliency Strategy
2007 County CEDS – Chapter 1 Development Strategy
Gage County
Polk County
Saline County– (Full CEDS)
Seward County
Thayer County
York County
2002 River Country Economic Development District (RCEDD)
CEDS – Chapter 1 Development Strategy – Includes the Counties of:
Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, and Saunders