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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!

Paulette Enders, CEcD
Wauwatosa, WI

Kyle Kinateder, CEcD
Schertz, TX

Jonathan Watkins, CEcD
Ashburn, VA

Quentin Messer, CEcD
New Orleans, LA

Jonathan Jackson, CEcD
Irwinton, GA

Camila Martins-Bekat, CEcD
Tucson, AZ

Kelby Bosshardt, CEcD
Ogden, UT

Liberty Schindel, CEcD
Columbus, OH


Certification Exam Calendar

October 12-13, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
Marriott Indy Place Tri Brand
10 South West Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Application Deadline: September 13, 2019
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: September 13, 2019

February 8-9, 2020
Tampa, FL
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607
Application Deadline: January 9, 2020
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: January 19, 2020

June 21-23, 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 11-14, 2020
Dallas, TX
Hilton Anatole
2201 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Application Deadline: September 14, 2020
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: September 7, 2020

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