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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)

Leadership, Excellence and Success in Economic Development!

The first CEcD Exam in 2015 was held in conjunction with IEDC’s 2015 Leadership Summit in Palm Beach County, FL. The exam produced a new class of CEcDs made up of economic development professionals from various regions across the country. The new designees displayed their mastery of the principal skills in economic development and their ability to quickly diagnose issues and develop effective strategies to resolve challenges and increase economic impact.

A total of ten new CEcDs emerged from the CEcD exam held on January 24-25. Based on their accomplishments, these practitioners will join the rest of the CEcDs in personifying the “standard of excellence” embodied by the CEcD program.

IEDC is proud to announce the following ten individuals who have demonstrated their credentials, skills and experience to do the best job possible.

Ms. Betty Anzaldua, CEcD
University of Toledo Workforce Development Programs
Toledo, OH

Mr. Robert Chandler, CEcD
Lake County Board of County Commissioners
Tavares, FL

Ms. Ellen Huber, CEcD
City of Mandan
Mandan, ND

Mr. Kevin Kieft, CEcD
Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Council
Lake Wales, FL

Mr. Kiley Miller, CEcD
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp.
Spencer, IA

Ms. Karen Stewart, CEcD
Manatee County Government
Bradenton, FL

Ms. Beth Ineck, CEcD
City of Nampa
Nampa, ID

Ms. Beth Johnson, CEcD
Overland Park Chamber Economic Development Council
Overland Park, KS

Mr. William Murphy, CEcD
Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Columbus, GA

Mr. Marcus Panasewicz, CEcD
Deloitte Tax LLP
Los Angeles, CA


Certification Exam Calendar

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