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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)

The IEDC 2014 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX proved to be a gathering place for economic development professionals adapting and rewriting the rules for economic development. Amongst the attendees at the conference, 15 practitioners emerged as leaders and earned the CEcD designation. By successfully sitting for the 2014 Fort Worth CEcD exam, these new designees displayed their mastery of the principal skills in economic development and their ability to quickly diagnose issues and develop effective strategies to confront challenges and increase economic impact.

Congratulations to the 15 CEcD recipients, for upholding the professional standard of excellence the CEcD designation symbolizes:

Mr. Joe Agostinelli, CEcD
Southwest Michigan First
Kalamazoo, MI

Mr. Ashton Allison, CEcD
Amarillo Economic Development Corporation
Amarillo, TX

Mr. Aric Bopp, CEcD
New River Valley Economic Development Alliance
Blacksburg, VA

Ms. Kimberly Buttram, CEcD
City of Forney Economic Development Corporation
Forney, TX

Mr. Nate Clayberg, CEcD
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
Waterloo, IA

Mr. Christian Fletcher, CEcD
Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation
Marble Falls, TX

Ms. Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD
Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado
Durango, CO

Mr. James Loyd, CEcD
Columbus Technical College
Columbus, GA

Ms. Lesley Miller, CEcD
Deloitte Tax LLP
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Diane Powers, CEcD
City of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Mr. Harry J. Schmidt, CEcD
TVA Economic Development TVA Economic Development
Bowling Green, KY

Mr. Garrett F. Sheehan, CEcD
Dallas, TX

Mr. Toby Stephens, CEcD
Houston's Greenspoint District
Houston, TX

Mr. Mark Vaux, CEcD
Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
West Fargo, ND

Mr. Benjamin Ziskal, CEcD
City of Margate, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Certification Exam Calendar

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

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