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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 third CEcD exam of 2017 was held in Little Rock, AR on June 3-4. 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:

Ms. Ashley Busada, CEcD
Shreveport, LA

Ms. Kassandra Carroll, CEcD
Waxahachie, TX

Mr. Rodney Crim, CEcD
Saint Louis, MO

Mr. James Gibson, CEcD
Center, TX

Ms. Sara Marrs-Maxfield, CEcD
Athens, OH

Mr. Rob Millar, CEcD
Scottsdale, AZ

Mr. Corey Murphy, CEcD
New Castle, IN

Mr. Anthony Otte, CEcD
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Ms. Christine Rambo, CEcD
Shreveport, LA

Ms. Marie Synar, CEcD
Muskogee, OK

Mr. Joseph Topham, CEcD
Ashland, VA

Ms. Kelly Violette, CEcD
Tomball, TX

Ms. Tiffani Wooten, CEcD
Tomball, TX


Certification Exam Calendar

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*

January 27-29, 2018
Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino
129 Fremont Street Experience
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Application Deadline: November 27, 2017
Registration Open: May 2017*

March 24-25, 2018
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Application Deadline: January 24, 2018

June 23-24, 2018
Buffalo Marriot Harbor Center
95 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14217
Application Deadline: April 23, 2018

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

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