Crater Economic Development District (EDD) & CEDS
In 1985, the Crater Planning District Commission was formally designated as an economic development district by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Economic Development Administration provides grants for infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development to help communities alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment and underemployment in economically distressed areas and regions.
Since 1985 the Crater Commission serving as the economic development district for the Crater region has received planning funds from EDA to assist communities build capacity to focus on long-term economic challenges. The Crater EDD also serves as the coordinating entity for various other Federal and state programs.
The Crater EDD has helped to implement the following EDA-sponsored projects since its designation:
- Dinwiddie County - Industrial Facility Sewer Project (Tindall Concrete)
- City of Emporia - Emporia Industrial Park Improvement Project
- Greensville County - Industrial Park Utility System Project
- City of Petersburg - Brown & Williamson Facility Reuse Project (Anchor Industrial Park)
- Preliminary Engineering Feasibility/Design for Proposed Dinwiddie County/City of Petersburg Industrial Park
- Surry County - Surry County Industrial Park Project (Surry West Business Center)
- Sussex County - 460 Corridor Project (Wavery Airport Site)
The Crater EDD has developed and maintains a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). The CEDS is the result of a planning process designed to help guide the economic growth within the Crater region.
The most recent Draft Project Priority List is available here:
A recent result of the CEDS process is the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) in Prince George County. CCAM is a joint project between the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech that provides supply chain and workforce training to support advanced technology manufacturing and new jobs in the region. CCAM was partly founded with a $3.975 million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).