Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee is responsible for planning programs to develop economic growth in the region. The result of this planning process is the Southern Alleghenies Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) results from continuous planning for economic development.

The CEDS relies on broad-based and diverse community participation. It contains:

  • An analysis of problems and opportunities related to economic and community development
  • Background and history of economic development in the region
  • Discussion of the current economy
  • Discussion of community participation in the planning efforts
  • Goals and objectives
  • An action plan for achieving goals and objectives for suggested projects
  • Performance measurements

You can use the following site to provide your feedback for the current update, keep track of the plan process, and learn more about economic development in the Southern Alleghenies region.

Advancing the Alleghenies: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)


The CEDS Committee is the principal facilitator for economic development planning and implementation, responsible for developing, updating, or replacing a strategy.

The Committee represents all major interests of the region to ensure that viewpoints from all components of the community are considered and to take advantage of local skills and resources when developing and implementing programs:

  • Public officials
  • Community leaders
  • Representatives of workforce development boards
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Minority representatives
  • Labor groups

The CEDS Committee meets annually to review and prioritize economic development projects, and Special meetings are held as necessary to update the CEDS priorities and to participate with other SAP&DC committees, such as regional transportation, land use, and individual projects and programs related to economic development.


CEDS Committee Members

Mr. Michael Keating
Juniata College

Mr. Justin Merrell
Catalyst Space

Ms. Jamie Baser
UPMC Altoona

Mr. Joshua Summits
Somerset Borough

Mr. Mike Kane
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Mr. Rick Truscello
The EADS Group

Ms. Beth Futrick
Cherry Hill Farm

Mr. Marty Malone
Joseph P. Lehman, Inc.

Mr. Larry Myers
Schneider Electric

Mr. Hank Parke
Somerset Trust Company

Mr. Matthew Price
Huntingdon Co. Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mr. Robert Kutz
Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council


CEDS Documents