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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!

Natalie Betts, CEcD
Austin, Texas

Kara Clore, CEcD
Milano, Texas

Stephan Fontana, CEcD
North Haven, Connecticut

Matthew Fox, CEcD
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Lindsay Hurt, CEcD
Richmond, Virginia

Jenna Jackson, CEcD
Dublin, Ohio

Stacey Jones, CEcD
Sherman, Texas

William Myers, CEcD
Denison, Texas

Johanna Nelson, CEcD
Santa Fe, New Mexico


Certification Exam Calendar

September 29-30, 2018
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Application Deadline: July 30, 2018

December 1-2, 2018
Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Blvd
Golden, CO 80401
Application Deadline: October 5, 2018

Room Rate: $119
Cutoff Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Reservations: Call 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100. Guests should identify themselves as part of the International Economic Development Council Group.

*IEDC is unable to accept applications before the specified registration date. Please email Marjorie Rose if you have any questions.