The Coastal Bend Council of Governments (CBCOG) was formed in 1966. In 1973 the CBCOG was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to coordinate regional economic development priorities. The CBCOG is one of 24 Councils of Government in the State of Texas serving as the Economic Development District and covers an 11-county region. The CBCOG develops and implements regional economic development strategies with the support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

CEDS is a strategy-driven plan for regional economic development. It is a planning process designed to build capacity and guide the economic prosperity and resiliency of a region resulting in a document by which input from the region’s public and private stakeholders establishes a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration and prosperity.

The CEDS is required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and is considered a priority for all of EDA’s programs. The CEDS must be updated at least every five years and is meant to look forward and address a strategy for the next five years.

The EDA works in partnership with the CBCOG as the designated Economic Development District for the region. Through the EDA Planning Grant, the CBCOG provides support to distressed communities within the region to address problems associated with long-term economic distress as well as sudden and severe economic dislocations including recovering from the economic impacts of natural disasters, the closure of military installations and other federal facilities. The EDD staff serves as the local affiliate to the Texas State Data Center which is responsible for the census.

The Economic Development staff can be retained to administer individual grants for municipalities, counties and other eligible applicants who lack staff support. While the EDD staff does not write applications, staff can provide information and guidance in the development of grant applications.