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:

EDA Sponored Project Listings & Pictures

CEDS - Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The 2016 Draft CEDS Report is available for review. Please direct any questions you may have to

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 CEDS has also recently undergone its five-year update. The 2014 - 2019 CEDS Document is available for download.

The most recent Project Priority List is available here:

    1. 2015 - 2016 Project Priority List (Excel)
    2. 2015 - 2016 Project Priority List (PDF)

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).

Know Your Region
Much of the data from the original 2009 CEDS was updated for the 2010 CEDS Annual Report. That data is available below.

Population Estimates for the Crater District

Comparison of Population Growth Rates, 1991-2009

Population Change

Crater District & VA: Percent Change by Age Cohort, 2000-2008

Racial Composition, 2000 & 2008

2008 Median Household Income

Per Capita Personal Income, 2003-2008

Annual Unemployment Rates

Unemployment Rate Trends

Industry Clusters for Crater VA PDC as of 2009 Q3

Gross Domestic Product, 2001-2008

Taxable Sales, 2004-2009

Average Weekly Wages

Chronic Disease Factors