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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)

IEDC graciously thanks Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) for paving the way to success for local economic development professionals. Their support of the CEcD program afforded an opportunity for local and regional practitioners to sit for the certification exam in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7.

The Certified Economic Developer recognition represents a mastery of principal skills in economic development. 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.

Congratulations to the following CEcD recipients, for upholding the professional “standard of excellence” the CEcD designation symbolizes:

Shea Joachim, CEcD
City of Mesa - Office of Economic Development
Mesa, AZ

Gail MacAskill, CEcD
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Madison, WI


Certification Exam Calendar

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