Strength in Numbers Plan

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a regional strategy to coordinate economic development efforts across the seven-county TJCOG region. A CEDS document is required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to maintain the region's status as an Economic Development District (EDD), and must be updated at least once every five years to qualify for EDA assistance.  By coordinating and prioritizing goals and objectives, the CEDS helps regional stakeholders take a more targeted approach to economic development by creating partnerships and leveraging local, state, regional, and federal resources. 

2021-2026 Strength in Numbers Draft: 

TJCOG is in the process of creating the 2021-2026 Triangle J Region comprehensive economic development strategy; Strength in Numbers. Throughout its development, an inclusive and equitable engagement process will be undertaken; that includes input form a diverse list of stakeholders and members of the public. The plan includes the following components with a focus on economic resiliency: a summary of the region's current economic conditions, a SOAR approach (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results), an action plan for implementation, and an evaluation framework that includes performances measures. 

Public Input Opportunities:

Please take the time to complete the CEDS Public Input Survey by clicking the link below.  Completion time is approximately ten minutes and responses will be influential in the development of the goals, objectives, and action plan in the CEDS.  The survey will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.

 For a Spanish version of the survey, please use the link below:


Final Strength in Numbers: A Regional Plan for Economic Resilience & Prosperity

TJCOG 2021 Strength in Numbers - Executive Summary

TJCOG 2021 Strength in Numbers


2013-2017 CEDS

Click here to review the 2013-2017 Triangle J CEDS with the 2018 Interim Update 

2021-2022 Priorities

In the coming year, the Community & Economic Development program at TJCOG will focus on three main workstreams - housing, resiliency, and workforce development, in addition to supporting a CEDS strategy refinement and providing technical assistance to our member governments.

CEDS Strategy Refinement and Outreach 

Technical Assistance



Workforce Development


Lindsay Whitson

Senior Planner

Phone: 919.558.9319
Fax: 919.558.9390