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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 first CEcD exam of 2018 was held in Las Vegas, NV on January 27-28 By passing the two-day rigorous exam, the new CEcDs 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:

Jonas Arjes, CEcD
Executive Director
Taney County Partnership
Branson, MO

Jill Busby, CEcD
Executive Director
Pike County Economic Development District
Summit, MS

Joshua Collins, CEcD
Director of Business & Community Development
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Springfield, IL

Dennis Fraise, CEcD
Chief Operating Officer
Lee County Economic Development Group
Keokuk, IA

Lori Henderson, CEcD
Director of Public Affairs
Ponca City Development Authority
Ponca City, OK

Joe Melvin, CEcD
Director of Business Development
North Carolina's Southeast
Elizabethtown, NC

Jolene Schalper, CEcD
Vice President Business Development
Great Falls Development Authority, Inc.
Great Falls, MT

Patrick Sullivan, CEcD
Executive Director
Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation
Los Alamos, MN

Lynn Tully, CEcD
Development Services Director
City of Kingsport
Kingsport, TN

Teresa Vazquez-Evans, CEcD
Director of Planning and Community Development
City of Pasadena
Pasadena, TX


Certification Exam Calendar

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.