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CEDS Committee

Jac Cuddy
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
Rick DeMark
North Country Resource Conservation & Development Project
Patricia Farley
LRPC Commissioner, Tamworth
Shirley Ganem
LRPC Commissioner, Wolfeboro
Gary Groleau
NH Ball Bearing Inc.
Linda Harvey
Laconia Area Land Trust
David Haley
Munsey & Brazil Insurance Agency
John Howe
NH Business Sales
Bill Johnstone
NH Electric Cooperative
Patricia Jones
WEDCO Board Member, LRPC Commissioner, Ossipee
Scott Kalicki
Lakes Region Community College
Moe Lafreniere
The Common Man / Great American Dining
Henry Lipman
Carmen Lorentz
Belknap County Economic Development Council
Edward (Rusty) McLear
Hampshire Hospitality Holdings
Daniel Mills
GI Plastek
Fran Newton
Smith Hill Consulting
Paul O'Brien
Wolfeboro Economic Development Council
Denise Roy-Palmer
Wentworth Economic Development Corporation
Cyndi Paulin
Lakes Region United Way, Carroll County
Carol Pierce
City of Laconia Human Relations Committee
Chris Racine
Profile Bank
Mark Scarano
Grafton County Economic Development Council
Jack Terrill
Lakes Region United Way
Charles Wibel
Wolfeboro Economic Development Council
Christopher Williams, AIA
Christopher P. Williams Architects
LRPC Staff
Kimon Koulet
Gerald Coogan


The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) and the Lakes Region CEDS Committee are in the process of developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Lakes Region. A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a broad-based, continuous planning process developed by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) that addresses the economic opportunities of a region. A CEDS documents all potential projects in the region that may be eligible for funding by the EDA and provides an opportunity to coordinate federal, state and local funding for economic development. EDA grants support programs to create or retain full-time permanent jobs, reduce unemployment and under-employment, and increase incomes in areas of economic distress. Examples of previously funded EDA projects include water/sewer capacity improvements, business park infrastructure, and small business incubators.

CEDS is designed to bring together public and private sectors to create an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen regional economics.
CEDS integrates regional human and capital planning in the services of economic development.
CEDS identifies the region’s unique advantages capable of attracting private investment to create jobs for region’s residents.CEDS must be the result of a continuing economic development process.
CEDS must contain four main elements:
Analysis – assess the regional economy’s strengths and weaknesses, identify the opportunities and threats posed by external trends and forces, and available partners and resources for economic development
Vision – community vision and goals together with an appraisal of the region’s competitive advantage, and should set the strategic direction for the action plan
Action plan – priority programs and projects for implementation
Evaluation – describe process for evaluation and periodic updates


The CEDS sub-committees are asking for your help to compile a comprehensive list of proposed development projects, sites and programs that affect or occur in any of the 30 communities that the LRPC represents. Such projects can range from short to very long term, and from parcel specific to multi-town or regional. Please contact Jennifer Boulanger, Executive Director, Belknap County Economic Development Council, by email atfinance@bcedc.org or by calling 603-528-9307.

The 30 communities represented by the LRPC are: Alexandria, Alton, Andover, Ashland, Barnstead, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Danbury, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tilton, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro.

View a map of the region here or see map above.

Communication and Publicity
Lakes Region Broadband Report - Phase I,
(1.5 mb) March 2009

Final Lakes Region Plan for Sustainable Progress,
(12 mb) Feb. 2009

View the "Survey of IT needs seen critical to area's economy," article that appeared in the Citizen newspaper, August 7, 2008.

View an article titled "Getting Internet access to the next level," from August 12, 2008.

Map of region
(click to enlarge)
Lakes Region Communities: click to enlarge