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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 fourth CEcD exam of 2016 was held in Albuquerque, NM on December 3-4. 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:

Victor Gonzalez, CEcD
Town of Sahuarita
Sahuarita, AZ

James Hoelscher, CEcD
Institute for Decision Making - University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Fall, IA

Julie Jacoby, CEcD
City of Thornton Economic Development
Thornton, CO

Savannah Jermance, CEcD
New Mexico Economic Development Partnership
Albuquerque, NM

Shawn Kirkpatrick, CEcD
Bastrop Economic Development Corporation
Bastrop, TX

Adam Krueger, CEcD
City of Thornton Economic Development
Thornton, CO

Mary Kuna, CEcD
Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation
Carlisle, PA

Patricia Lundstrom, CEcD
Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation
Gallup, NM

Randall Malik, CEcD
City of Rosenberg
Rosenberg, TX

Robin Martinez, CEcD
City of Thornton Economic Development Corporation
Thornton, CO

Molly McKay, CEcD
Arlington, VA

Shelle Randall, CEcD
Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce
Jonesboro, AR

Brian Silllitto, CEcD
Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Columbus, GA

Stephanie Troller, CEcD
Denver, CO


Certification Exam Calendar

January 28-29, 2017
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront
225 E. Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Application Deadline: November 29, 2016
Registration Open: May 2016*

April 8-9, 2017
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Application Deadline: February 8, 2017

June 3-4, 2017
Little Rock Marriott
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201
Application Deadline: April 4, 2017

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.