What is a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)?

A CEDS is a regional tool with actions for supporting and expanding regional businesses, creating more jobs, and increasing our economic resiliency to prevent and recover from economic, environmental or other changes.
CEDS are supported by funds from the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

Thank you to everyone who joined for the YK CEDS Work Session on February 6-7, 2024!



The response window has closed. Thank you to all the YK communities who responded. We will be conducting the assessment annually, so stay tuned for future opportunities to respond.

As part of YK CEDS planning process, AVCP wants to identify and understand priorities for all the communities in the region. We have developed a Community Assessment Tool to collect this information. Your responses to this tool will help communities and regional partners identify advocacy and project priorities, pursue relevant funding opportunities, and plan our future together.


  • Winter 2023-2024 YK CEDS Working Group Meetings

  •   12/13/23 Energy Working Group Meeting: notes, slides

      12/14/23 Food Security Working Group Meeting: notes, slides

      1/17/24 Transportation Working Group Meeting: notes, slides


Frequently Asked Questions

A:  CEDS documents go through a comprehensive review and update every five years. It focuses on questions like:

  • How are we doing? What have we accomplished over the past year?
  • What has changed in the region? What data needs to be updated to better tell the story of the region?
  • What can we do better? Are there strategies and actions that should be added or adapted?

A:  AVCP has initiated the CEDS process with assistance from Agnew::Beck Consulting, in close collaboration with the following regional partners:

• AVCP Regional Housing Authority
• Calista Corporation
• Coastal Villages Region Fund
• Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association
• Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
• Yuut Elitnaurviat

CEDS was developed with detailed input from regional leaders, organizations, businesses, residents and agency partners. For a comprehensive list of the individuals and organizations involved, please see the Acknowledgements page of CEDS. Funding for this effort comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

A:  CEDS is a document that guides economic planning. It includes important geographic data, socioeconomic information, a strengths and weakness analysis, a regional vision for the future, and priority strategies. It is an important part of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs and are often required to be eligible for EDA and other federal and state funding opportunities.

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