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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 Developer (CEcDs)

For achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success in Economic Development!

The second CEcD exam of 2016 was held in Tulsa on June 11-12. By passing the two-day rigorous exam, the new CEcD proved their comprehensive knowledge of the field and ability to increase productivity by effectively tackling the challenges that come in the way of economic development. IEDC congratulates:

Kristi Bartlett, CEcD
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
Naples, FL

Lindsay Frilling, CEcD
Obion County Joint Economic Development Council
Obion City, TN

Deb Heffner, CEcD
Greater Reading Economic Partnership
Reading, PA

Patrick Hoban, CEcD
City of Decatur
Decatur, IL

Shelley Klug, CEcD
Cornerstone Alliance
Benton Harbor, MI

Ilka McConnell, CEcD
Hart County Archway Partnership
Athens, GA

Will McDowell, CEcD
Paducah Economic Development
Paducah, KY

Kimberly Murray, CEcD
City of Winchester
Winchester, VA

Keith Niven, CEcD
City of Issaquah
Issaquah, WA

Deana Sheriff, CEcD
Old West Management, Inc./Acme Healing Centers of Colorado
Delta, CO

James Smith, CEcD
City of Chandler
Chandler, AZ

Mark Stombaugh, CEcD
Liberty Economic Development Corporation
Liberty, MO


Certification Exam Calendar

September 24-25, 2016
Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 Saint Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (888) 627-8085
IEDC Room Rate: $199 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
» Reserve your room online
Application Deadline: July 26, 2016

December 3-4, 2016
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grand Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM, 87104
IEDC Room Rate: $119 single/double
Group Rate Cutoff: November 10, 2016
» Reserve your room online
Application deadline: October 3, 2016

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.