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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)

Kelly Andrews, CEcD
Greenville, NC

Stacey Button, CEcD
Columbia, MO

Gary A. Cooley, CEcD
Annandale, VA

Regina L. Emberton, CEcD
South Bend, IN

Rush Harris, CEcD
Marshall, TX

Steve Lockett, CEcD
Rutherfordton, NC

Jill Mendoza, CEcD
Broomfield, CO

Laura Moody, CEcD
Commerce City, CO

Cristina L. Paredes, CEcD
Tallahassee, FL

Benjamin Pingree, CEcD
Tallahassee, FL

J. Mark Sutherland, CEcD
Jacksonville, NC

Anders Victor, CEcD
Saint Paul, MN


Certification Exam Calendar

June 20-21, 2020
Calgary Alberta
Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Center Street, SE
Calgary, AB T2G 5PG Canada
Application Deadline: May 23, 2020
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: May 29, 2020

October 10-11, 2020
Dallas, TX
Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Application Deadline: September 14, 2020
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: September 7, 2020

January 23-24, 2021
Phoenix, AZ
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
7677 N 16th St
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Application Deadline: December 28, 2020
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: December 31, 2020

*IEDC is unable to accept applications before the specified registration date. Please email certification@iedconline.org if you have any questions.