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Eastern Sierra News for June 18, 2024





Inyo County Announces Community Survey to Support Regional Economic Development Strategy

INDEPENDENCE — Inyo County announced today that a community-wide survey is open for residents and individuals to provide feedback on themes identified in a regional economic development strategic planning process.

Inyo County has partnered with several other parties to participate in the creation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. The region’s geography is Alpine, Inyo, and Mono counties, and A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a formal document that meets the guidelines put forth by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA defines a CEDS as “a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. A CEDS is the result of a regionally-owned planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of an area or region.”

When a region has a CEDS, it is eligible for funding opportunities made available through the EDA’s Public  Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs to advance recommendations and priorities identified in the CEDS.

Individuals are encouraged to access the survey online, which is now live. There are opportunities to complete the survey on paper at various locations in the community:
• Clint Quilter Consolidated Office Building, 1360 N. Main St., Bishop
• County Administrative Center, 224 N. Edwards St., Independence

Additional locations will be announced soon.
All options for participation will remain open until the survey closes on May 24. The survey will ask individuals questions about their experiences living in and visiting the region, as well as their perceptions around economic growth and diversification opportunities in the region.

Both online and paper options are available in both English and Spanish. Individuals can access the online survey option here:

The partners that compromise the steering committee for the Eastern Sierra CEDS initiative are Alpine County, Eastern Sierra Council of Governments, City of Bishop, Inyo County, Mono County, Rural County Representatives of California, and Town of Mammoth Lakes. TPMA is the consulting firm providing research, facilitation, and recommendations to complete the CEDS document.

More information about CEDS: