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Certified Economic Developer Program

The standard of excellence for the profession.

You have the experience, skills, and knowledge of a great economic developer. Now get recognized for your achievements through the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program.

IEDC's Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs) are acknowledged around the world as having achieved the pinnacle of excellence in the economic development field.

The Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) is the leading industry designation. The CEcD program gives you the opportunity to develop core competencies across the breadth of topics necessary to being a well-rounded and successful economic developer. And there is simply no substitute for CEcD certification when competing for top jobs in the field.

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Why It Matters to Hire a Certified Economic Developer

For employers, learn more about the value of having a Certified Economic Developer on staff: "Why It Matters to Hire a CEcD" (PDF article from IEDC's Economic Development Now newsletter).


Congratulations, New Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs)

For achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success in Economic Development!

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN 2014 CEcD Exam was held in conjunction with IEDC’s 2014 Spring Conference. Ten new CEcDs emerged from the CEcD exam held on May 31-June 1. By passing the two-day rigorous exam, the new designees proved their comprehensive knowledge of the field and their ability to increase productivity by effectively tackling the challenges that come in the way of economic development.

The following ten individuals have proven their commitment to growth and excellence in economic development through achievement of the CEcD designation. IEDC congratulates:

Mr. Andrew Albarado, CEcD
Rusk County Economic Development
Lady Smith, WI

Mr. Curtis Brown, CEcD
City of Urbandale, Iowa
Urbandale, IA

Ms. Ruth Buchanan, CEcD
City of North Port
North Port, FL

Ms. Suet Chung, CEcD
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
Fayetteville, AR

Ms. Eboni Davis, CEcD
Coliseum Central Business Improvement District, Inc.
Hampton, VA

Mr. Corey Johns, CEcD
Connected Tennessee
Nashville, TN

Ms. Tammy McLeod, CEcD
Arizona Public Service Corporation
Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Theodore Shove, CEcD
City of El Segundo
El Segundo, CA

Mr. William White, CEcD
Bath Township Downtown Development Authority
Bath, MI

Ms. Melody Woodworth, CEcD
Louisiana COMMITTEE of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA


Certification Exam Calendar

Please note: the exam application deadline is subject to slight modifications according to IEDC policies.

October 18-19, 2014
Omni Fort Worth Hotel
1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Application Deadline: August 18, 2014

December 6-7, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix
2401 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85106
Application Deadline: October 6, 2014

Reservations: (602) 468-0700
IEDC Room Rate: $149 single/double
Hotel Cutoff Date: Monday, November 10, 2014

January 24-25, 2015
PGA National Resort
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Application Deadline: November 25, 2014

March 28-29, 2015
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202
Application Deadline: January 27, 2015

June 6-7, 2015
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolan Drive
Madison, WI 53703
Application Deadline: April 7, 2015

October 3-4, 2015
The Hotel Captain Cook
939 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
Application Deadline: August 4, 2015