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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)

Upholding the Standard of Excellence!

The Arlington 2015 CEcD Exam was held in conjunction with IEDC’s 2015 Economic Development Federal Forum. The exam produced a new class of CEcDs made up of economic development professionals from various regions across the country. Six new CEcDs emerged from the CEcD exam held on March 28-29. 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:

Mr. Edwin Gaskin, CEcD
Hanover County Department of Economic Development
Mechanicsville, VA

Ms. Katie Hamilton, CEcD
Columbus 2020!
Columbus, OH

Mr. Anthony Jones, CEcD
City of Gahanna
Gahanna, OH

Ms. Kathy Price, CEcD
McMinn County Economic Development Authority
Athens, TN

Mr. John Recker, CEcD
Regional Growth Partnership
Ottawa, OH

Ms. Lynne Shea, CEcD
State of Missouri Department of Economic Development
Jefferson City, MO


Certification Exam Calendar

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

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.