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Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA)
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We all know that economic development is not a solo practice. We team with government, the private sector, workforce development partners and countless others to make our communities competitive. Several years ago, the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) instituted a new awards program to recognize outstanding communities for their efforts in advancing economic viability through economic and community development programs. 

The CEDA program recognizes the best practices and exceptional contributions of communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the following efforts:

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Business Recruitment
  • Community Development
  • Community Involvement

Nominating and Selection Criteria for Virginia’s 2020 CEDA Program is attached below in pdf format. All nominations must be submitted online via this link CEDA Guidelines, Criteria & Nomination Form. The winners will be announced and recognized in Roanoke at VEDA’s Spring Conference on Friday, March 13, 2020. 

Call for Nominations

So that we may continue to learn from each other, VEDA’s Board of Directors and the CEDA Selection Committee urge you to identify an eligible success story in your community and nominate it for consideration TODAY!


Traci Blido, CEDA Committee Chairman, Bedford County Economic Development
Jenny Carter, CEDA Committee Vice Chair, Virginia’s Community College System

CEDA Guidelines (pdf format for information only)
Past CEDA Recipients


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