The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has designated the Old Colony Planning Council region as an Economic Development District (EDD). OCPC leads a locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process that leverages the involvement of the public, private, and non-profit sectors to establish a strategic economic development roadmap for regional collaboration.
This strategic roadmap is known as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and it is designed to guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of the region. It provides a coordinating mechanism for individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry to engage in a meaningful conversation and debate about the economic direction of the region.
OCPC’s CEDS Committee (membership and terms below) serves as an advisory committee in the development and updating of the CEDS. The Committee works with OCPC staff and governing Council members to:
- implement the goals and objectives set out in the CEDS,
- encourage regional collaboration on economic development,
- disseminate economic development-related information and resources, and
- build capacity to achieve a more resilient and equitable economy at regional and local levels.
The CEDS is an important document for municipalities and other organizations to reference when applying for U.S. EDA grants. As the EDD, OCPC provides free advisory services to those applying for EDA funding opportunities.
In collaboration with the CEDS Committee, also OCPC hosts regular economic development-themed webinars (see below for past recordings). Please check the calendar here.
OCPC Staff Contacts
Dottie Fulginiti, Economic Recovery Planner
Joanne Zygmunt, Senior Economic Development and Environmental Planner
|1||John Murray, Co-Chair||MassHire Greater Brockton Career Center|
|2||Maryellen Brett, Co-Chair||Massasoit Community College|
|3||Jason Hunter||Sheila Sullivan-Jardim||MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board|
|4||Christopher Cooney||Metro South Chamber of Commerce|
|5||Pamela McCarthy||Town of Stoughton|
|6||Rob May||John Fay||City of Brockton|
|7||Stephanie Danielson||Town of Easton|
|8||Mary Ellen DeFrias||Jay Pateakos||MassDevelopment|
|9||Jennifer (Burke) DeBoisbriand||Shane O'Brien||Town of Bridgewater|
|10||Valerie Massard||Town of Kingston|
|11||Lea Filson||See Plymouth|
|12||Michael Lambert||Joseph Mech||Brockton Area Transit Authority|
|13||Debra Roberts||Stoughton Select Board|
|14||Stephen Cole||Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation|
|15||Jack Riley||HarborOne Bank|
Resources and Webinars
Modernizing Municipal Policy to Support Local Business
Local Government's Role in Workforce Development
The Nexus between Housing and Economic Development
One Year Later: Economic Growth and Challenges in the Age of COVID-19
Community One Stop for Growth Webinar, March 16, 2021
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