Economic Development

TCRPC As The Economic Development District For The Region

In 1999, the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council was officially designated as the Economic Development District (EDD) for the Treasure Coast Region. An EDD is a designated planning office that is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide technical assistance for application processing, administration of awarded projects, and identification of regional funding opportunities. The Treasure Coast Economic Development District is comprised of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach counties. The primary functions of the EDD include, but aren’t limited to:

Technical assistance to Local Governments & Economic Development Organizations on their economic development activities, programs, and grant applications

Economic Development Services and Programs Offered

TCRPC plays a role in the coordination of efforts within the Region by providing a one-stop information clearinghouse of information on EDA and other federal economic programs.

Treasure Coast Brownfields Program
TCRPC has established the Brownfields Program to facilitate the redevelopment and revitalization of Brownfield areas. For more information on the Treasure Coast Brownfields Progam, click here.

Technical Assistance
TCRPC provides technical assistance to local governments on their economic development activities, programs, and grant applications.

TCRPC works with members of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee to guide regional economic development plans, policies, and programs.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

On January 19, 2018, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council approved its new five-year (2018-2023) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan. The CEDS is updated every five years through a comprehensive planning process that addresses the needs of the entire region. The CEDS Plan highlights the Region’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges and provides a set of guiding principles for community leaders to set common economic development goals and priorities for action.

The development of this CEDS plan was guided by a committee representing the entire 4-county Region and funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The framework adopted for state and regional economic development planning efforts is the Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy developed by the Florida Chamber Foundation as well as the “Seventh Pillar” of Economic Resilience.

Pillars Identifying the Critical Factors of Florida’s Future Economy

    1. Talent Supply and Education
    2. Innovation and Economic Development
    3. Infrastructure and Growth Leadership
    4. Business Climate and Competitiveness
    5. Civic and Governance Systems
    6. Quality Places
    7. Economic Resilience

Why Have A CEDS?

    • Analyzes the regional economy and serves as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives.
    • Develop and implement a regional plan of action that builds on existing strengths and opportunities.
    • Identifies key investments, opportunities, priority projects, and funding sources.
    • Serves as a vehicle to justify and draw down federal funds and provide consistent recommendations for EDA grant applications.
    • Designed as a collaborative mechanism to bring public and private sectors together in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversify and strengthen a Region’s economy.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic (CEDS) COMMITTEE

To guide our economic development efforts and the creation of the CEDS Plan, TCRPC has a CEDS Committee that is made up of appointments from each of the Boards of County Commissioners in the Region.

The purpose of the CEDS Committee, in accordance with U.S. Economic Development Administration Guidelines for Economic Development Districts (1992), is to oversee and guide District-wide economic development planning.  The Committee, through the CEDS Plan, develops strategies to address economic development issues, including the diversification of the District economy and job expansion.  Members share information, advise the EDD on areas of economic data development, and create a consensus plan of action that will be used to update the CEDS plan of the Treasure Coast Economic Development District.

Regional Asset Map Series

The following maps were generated by TCRPC using Graphic Information System (GIS). The information depicted on the maps was last updated in July 2021 and is in PDF format. Information should not be construed as complete, up-to-date, or used for surveying purposes. Its only intended purpose is for general reference.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Heidt, AICP
Economic Development and Intergovernmental Programs Director

Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
421 SW Camden Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34994

Phone: 772.221.4060
Cell: 772.475.3863