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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)

Frank Calascione, CEcD
Wildwood, FL

Susan Cates, CEcD
Brenham, TX

Tina Chitwood, CEcD
Madison, WI

Joshua Devine, CEcD
Pittsburgh, PA

Todd Fenton, CEcD
Royal Oak, MI

Dennis Foldenauer, CEcD
Chicago, IL

Raymond Hagerman, CEcD
Madisonville, KY

Valarie Handy, CEcD
Traverse City, MI

Marcel Johnson, CEcD
San Antonio, TX

Lynn Kroesen, CEcD
Tampa, FL

Stacie LoVan, CEcD
Des Moines, IA

Jonathan Millea, CEcD
Wooster, OH

Matthew Miller, CEcD
Portland, OR

Christopher Pengra, CEcD
Salt Lake City, UT

Christopher Roog, CEcD
West Palm Beach, FL

Lauren Scheel, CEcD
Canton, MS

Nathan Tafoya, CEcD
Mount Pleasant, TX

Taylour Tedder, CEcD
Leavenworth, KS

Jamie Williams, CEcD
Chestertown, MD

Vince Yokom, CEcD
Hempstead, TX

Vanessa Zarate, CEcD
Lakewood, CO


Certification Exam Calendar

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.