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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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Congratulations, New Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs)

Upholding the Standard of Excellence!

The Alexandria 2014 CEcD Exam was held in conjunction with IEDC’s 2014 Federal Economic Development Forum. The exam produced a new class of CEcDs made up of economic development professionals from various regions across the country. Eight new CEcDs emerged from the CEcD exam held on March 22-23. By passing the two-day rigorous exam, these new CEcDs proved they are able to quickly diagnose issues and determine effective strategies and action plans to resolve challenges, improve programs, and increase economic impact.

IEDC congratulates the following CEcD recipients for their outstanding achievement of excellence:

Ms. Andrea Falvey, CEcD
Pinellas County Economic Development
Clearwater, FL

Mr. Gregory Hitchin, CEcD
City of Waynesboro
Waynesboro, VA

Ms. Megan McGowen, CEcD
City of Auburn
Auburn, AL

Ms. Melissa McManus, CEcD
Melissa McManus LLC
Rouses Point, NY

Mr. Phil Sheridan, CEcD
Biofuels Center of North Carolina
Oxford, NC

Mr. Ralph Staffins III, CEcD
Forward McDuffie
Thomson, GA

Mr. Telly Tucker, CEcD
James City County
Williamsburg, VA

Mr. Austin Wheelock, CEcD
Operation Oswego County, Inc.
Oswego, NY


Certification Exam Calendar

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

May 31-June 1, 2014
Radisson Blu Mall of America
2100 Killebrew Drive
Bloomington, MN 55424
Application Deadline: March 31, 2014

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, 2015

March 21-22, 2015
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Ave
Arlington, VA 22202
Application Deadline: January 20, 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