CT Best Practices In Land Use & Economic Development

A Program for Continuous Improvement



The Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) in conjunction with Collaborating Partners developed this program to: set a standard for best practices in economic development and land use among communities in Connecticut, recognize communities that document the use of established best practices, and drive communities to pursue excellence in land use and economic development practices.

In the pursuit of best practices, planners and economic development professionals and leaders can use the program to engage community stakeholders in discussions about how to achieve the standards and develop creative, community specific ways to implement them.

Through the use of this program, staff, commissioners and elected officials will: gain a clearer understanding of concrete tasks they can do to improve the effectiveness of economic development; understand their role in the process; understand their community’s vision for development and the need for appropriate public engagement in implementing these criteria.



The program involves a system of certification for good planning and economic development. In Phase I implemented in 2019, communities who apply and demonstrate compliance with baseline criteria will be recognized with an award at the CEDAS annual meeting in October, 2019.  In subsequent years communities may receive a certification through a tiered system of compliance with additional criteria.

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