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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!

Dave Carlson, CEcD
Whitewater, WI

Grace Festa, CEcD
Richmond, VA

Michelle Bauer, CEcD
Tampa, FL

Edgar Campa-Palafox, CEcD
Gainesville, FL

Jason Alexander, CEcD
Corinth, TX


Certification Exam Calendar

April 13-14, 2019
Washington, DC
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Application Deadline: February 12, 2019

June 8-9, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT
Marriott Salt Lake Downtown City Creek
75 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Application Deadline: April 9, 2019

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

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