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

A copy of the 2020 CEDS Report is avaliable here. If you need further information regarding the report please direct questions to Denny Morris at

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 Project Priority List is also available.

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).