Economic Development & Planning

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We are a constant evolution of planning, developing and promoting—encouraging sustainable development of the Merrimack Region through responsible and efficient use of regional resources. Collaborating with communities to plan jointly and promote with economy is key to our mission—comprehensive economic development is a cornerstone to our livelihood, and that of our communities.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides an annual grant to MVPC for economic development planning in the Merrimack Valley and further its purpose to “create and retain jobs and to help stimulate…growth in distressed rural and urban communities across the nation.” To accomplish this, MVPC provides a broad range of services in the Merrimack Valley, beginning with the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). MVPC maintains the CEDS, which is a five-year document that includes existing demographic and economic conditions, public works projects, detailed statistics, regional resources, and presents a list of goals, objectives, and actions to promote sustainable economic development for the region. It is developed in collaboration with leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

To learn more about the CEDS or economic development planning in the Merrimack Valley, please contact Angela Vincent, AICP, at



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