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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 first CEcD exam of 2017 was held in Jacksonville, FL on January 28-29. 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:

Aimee Bissett, CEcD
Denton, TX

Andy Buffington, CEcD
Cedar Hill, TX

Kevin Dick, CEcD
Charlotte, NC

Jacob Everett, CEcD
Hartford City, IN

Christa Franzi, CEcD
Saratoga Springs, NY

Meisha Holmes, CEcD
Chicago, IL

Paul Jadin, CEcD
Madison, WI

Susanne Knutsen, CEcD
Davenport, IA

Kevin Kramer, CEcD
Hoffman Estates, IL

Shannon Launder, CEcD
Carroll, IA

Gerald Moore, CEcD
Detroit, MI

Christina Morris, CEcD
Kissimmee, FL

Bruce Payne, CEcD
Arlington, TX

Brian Rademacher, CEcD
Hollywood, FL

Kevin Shea, CEcD
Atlanta, GA

Darilyn Stewart, CEcD
Atlanta, GA


Certification Exam Calendar

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.