PCDP updating CEDS, receives grant

PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Development Partnership (PCDP) is updating the Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) which was first created in 2003 along with the 2000 County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

The merging of these two documents will define one Master Plan for use by the county to direct its economic development and overall growth efforts. To adequately focus the county’s efforts in a unified approach, a strategic plan is necessary.

Bringing the existing CEDS and Comprehensive Land Use Plan together will serve to assess the changes from their initial development and determine the direction the county will move toward in the future.

The PCDP has contracted the services of an engineering/land surveying firm to assist in the process.

“We are working closely with the Preble County Director of Land Use Management, Brad Kramer, and the county’s mayors and will continue to meet with other individuals and groups critical to the Master Plan,” Economic Development Director Brenda Latanza said.

The PCDP is also working on a new website (see www.pcdp.net).

With these two very important initiatives and the costs associated with them, the PCDP applied for a $20,000 Regional Economic Development Grant through DP&L. The grant was created to support economic development groups, chambers, community improvement corporations and others working together to build an environment conducive to business and high quality of life with programs and activities that enhance economic and workforce development.

Georgene Dawson, DP&L presented a check for $20,000 to Latanza, and Jeff Sewert, Chair of the PCDP, to assist in the efforts with these two projects.

The PCDP is exceedingly grateful for their partners at DP&L.