What is CED?

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Creating vibrant, resilient and sustainable local economies

Community Economic Development (CED) is action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged.

CED is an approach that recognizes that economic, environmental and social challenges are interdependent, complex and ever-changing.

To be effective, solutions must be rooted in local knowledge and led by community members. CED promotes holistic approaches, addressing individual, community and regional levels, recognizing that these levels are interconnected.

The activities of CCEDNet members are as varied as the communities they live in. 

But they often focus on three strategies to improve local well-being:

  • supporting individuals
  • building enterprises
  • strengthening communities  (click on any of the images below to see a larger version)

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