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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 Madison CEcD Exam was held in conjunction with IEDC’s 2015 Spring Conference. 20 new CEcDs emerged from the CEcD exam held on June 6-7. 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 20 individuals have proven their commitment to growth and excellence in economic development through achievement of the CEcD designation. IEDC congratulates:

Brook Aken, CEcD
Omaha Public Power District
Omaha, NE

Odessa Archibald, CEcD
Georgia Power Company
Atlanta, GA

Dorie Bacon, CEcD
Screven County Development Authority
Sylvania, GA

Megan Barnett-Livgard, CEcD
Greater MSP
Saint Paul, MN

Jonathan Bartz, CEcD
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Green Bay, WI

Marcie Erion, CEcD
City of Loveland - Colorado
Loveland, CO

Brian Gildea, CEcD
The Indy Partnership
Indianapolis, IN

Jeremiah Gracia, CEcD
City of Dublin
Dublin, OH

Karen Gregory, CEcD
CenterPoint Energy
Houston, TX

Carlos Guzman, CEcD
Greater Houston Partnership
Houston, TX

Cecilia Harry, CEcD
Greater Fremont Development Council
Fremont, NE

Kenwin Hayes, CEcD
City of Griffin Downtown Development Authority
Stone Mountain, GA

Daron Jordan, CEcD
City of Madisonville, KY
Madisonville, KY

Jeff Muenkel, CEcD
City of Muskego
Muskego, WI

Jennifer Kuderer, CEcD
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Madison, WI

Michael Ostrowski, CEcD
City of Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI

David Schroedel, CEcD
City of Broadview Heights
Broadview Heights, OH

Caralee Swanberg, CEcD
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Marquette, MI

Brien Thorstenberg, CEcD
Tulsa's Future
Tulsa, OK

Jonas Titas, CEcD
Kerrville Economic Development Corp.
Kerrville, TX


Certification Exam Calendar

December 12-13, 2015
Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel
866 W. Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Application Deadline: October 13, 2015
Reservations: (678) 412-2400
» Reserve your room online
IEDC Room Rate: $134 single/double
Hotel Cutoff Date: Friday, November 13, 2015

January 23-24, 2016
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Application Deadline: November 24, 2015
Registration Open: May 1, 2015*

April 2-3, 2016
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202
Application Deadline: February 2, 2016
Registration Open: May 1, 2015*

June 11-12, 2016
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 East 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74103
Application Deadline: April 12, 2016
Registration Open: May 1, 2015*

September 24-25, 2016
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
420 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Application Deadline: July 26, 2016
Registration Open: May 1, 2015*

January 28-29, 2017
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront
225 E. Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Application Deadline: November 29, 2016
Registration Open: May 2016*

September 16-17, 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2M9
Application Deadline: July 18, 2017
Registration Open: May 2016*

February 3-4, 2018
Green Valley Ranch
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
Application Deadline: December 5, 2017
Registration Open: May 2017*

*IEDC is unable to accept applications before the specified registration date. Please email Becca Thomas if you have any questions.