Community & Economic Development

TJCOG leads locally-based, regionally-driven strategies and planning to leverage economic development underway in our member governments and partner organizations and oversees implementation of the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a strategic blueprint that defines the regional economic vision and coordinates efforts to achieve the vision. As part of our work as an EDD, we also assist local governments in their efforts to secure funding from the U.S EDA for a wide range of projects.  To discuss funding opportunities, please contact Lindsay Whitson,


The Triangle J Community and Economic Development program will foster a thriving, inclusive, and resilient region.


To facilitate and build capacity for coordinated regional and local economic development activities that attract investment in communities throughout our region: large, small, urban, suburban, and rural. 


Hidden Distress in the TJCOG Region

Hidden Distress in the TJCOG Region

Economic Development District

The Triangle J Council of Governments Economic Development District (EDD) received federal designation from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (U.S. EDA) on February 8, 2018. The EDD's geographic boundary includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, and Wake Counties.  The U.S. EDA provides funding for projects that meet the economic development needs of distressed communities, and Triangle J serves as the liaison between the U.S. EDA and eligible applicants in the EDD.   

Services & Initiatives

At TJCOG, our community and economic development work focus on the regional issues that contribute to a good quality of life. Housing, transportation, land use, workforce development, infrastructure, resilience, and equity are all foundational elements of a strong regional economy. A coordinated economic strategy is essential to ensure sustainable economic prosperity for all communities in the Triangle region. TJCOG provides services around the many issues relating to community & economic development. Have a project idea or technical assistance question? Just ask!

Current Services
  • Data and Mapping

  • Grant Writing and Administration

  • Technical Assistance and Facilitation

  • Educational forums
  • Build/strengthen regional partnerships
 Current Initiatives
  • CEDS refinement strategy and evaluation framework

  • Regional Brownfields Consortium

  • Foreign Trade Zone #93

  • Economic resiliency

  • Food systems planning

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