Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Trenton





Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions, Inc. (BRS) developed an extensive stakeholder process to create the City of Trenton’s 2004 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), required by the US Economic Development Administration (USEDA), as well as the 2005, 2006, and 2007 update documents.

Trenton’s 2004 CEDS was developed in conjunction with its Consolidated Plan, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding requirement from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. BRS reduced effort duplication and instituted a more inclusive document development process. The CEDS document included a table which, for the first time, listed all economic development projects in one location and shows each in relation to its overall goals, funding requirements and partners. This valuable tool balances priorities and helps with strategic planning to the city to make important decisions on economic development goals.

The CEDS document incorporates work from several other planning documents including the Master Land Use Plan, Redevelopment Area Plans, the Open Space Master Plan, the Renaissance Plan, the Trenton Urban Enterprise Zone budget proposal and the Brownfields Program Action Plan. BRS further developed subsequent updates of the City of Trenton CEDS document, based upon this comprehensive model.

BRS activities included:

  • Establishment of a comprehensive stakeholder committee
  • Facilitation of a series of meetings to get community and stakeholder input onto the structure of the document, priorities, scope, and specific projects
  • Review of all existing relevant planning documents for consistency and incorporation into the CEDS
  • Development of a comprehensive plan that met the requirements of the USEDA, and the economic portion of the HUD consolidation plan and the master land use plan

Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Client: Division of Planning, City of Trenton, 319 East State Street Trenton, New Jersey 08608