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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 Cleveland, OH on September 24-25. 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:

Marie Dauphinais, CEcD
City of Oldsmar
Oldsmar, FL

Paul Ellis, CEcD
Jacksonville, IL

Molly Howey, CEcD
Go Topeka
Topeka, KS

Devin Howland, CEcD
Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Incorporated
Lonoke, AR

Alison Lands, CEcD
Deloitte Consulting LLP
New York, NY

Joshua Lewis, CEcD
Virginia’s A-Corridor
Whytheville, VA

Heather McDaniel, CEcD
Tompkins Area Chamber of Commerce
Ithaca, NY

Ben Pratt, CEcD
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
Erie, PA

Mark Rothert, CEcD
Peoria County
Peoria, IL

Nicole Sedlacek, CEcD
Nebraska Public Power District
Oneil, NE

Marty Vanags, CEcD
Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Inc.
Malta, NY

Chris Wimsatt, CEcD
Team Volusia Economic Development Corp.
Daytona Beach, FL


Certification Exam Calendar

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.