Economic Development District (EDD)

Staff Contact:

Randy Deshazo
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 31

Tampa Bay Economic Development District (Edd)

About the Tampa Bay EDD

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council is designated as an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Serving the six counties that make up the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas), and all municipalities therein, the Economic Development District (EDD) provides the following services to its member agencies:

  • Prepares and maintains the Tampa Bay Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • Assists with the implementation strategies identified in the CEDS
  • Provides letters of support for projects submitted to the Economic Development Administration for funding
  • Provides technical assistance to local governments and economic development organizations on their economic development activities, programs, and grant applications


The EDD is a gateway for a number of federal grant opportunities for local jurisdictions, provided that the projects that are proposed are consistent with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Project proponents must have a support letter attesting to the proposed projectís consistency with the CEDS from the District to submit applications for assistance from EDA on investment projects as well as grants supporting economic recovery that are offered by other agencies.

The CEDS is updated every five years through a comprehensive planning process that addresses the needs of the entire region. EDD staff ensures that groups representing all socioeconomic segments of the Tampa Bay region are invited to participate in the CEDS update process. Information on what the CEDS should include can be found on the EDA website.

The latest edition of the Tampa Bay CEDS was adopted on November 12, 2012 by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. That document is now being updated to 2017-2021 and will be considered by the Council at its August 14, 2017 meeting. Public comments on the Draft  2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy may be made through August 4, 2017 by emailing Mr. Randy Deshazo at randy@tbrpc org or by mail at 4000 Gateway Centre Blvd. Ste 100. Pinellas Park, Florida 33782.


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