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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)


Joi Austin, CEcD
Quincy, IL

Alexandra Bennett, CEcD
Palmyra, MO

Mario Camardella, CEcD
Colonial Heights, VA

Trevor Crowe, CEcD
Picton, ON

Josh Davis, CEcD
Houston, TX

Sarah Dickson, CEcD
Edmond, OK

Andrew Donahue, CEcD
Superior, WI

James Eldridge, CEcD
Ada, OK

Donna Sharon Fain, CEcD
Cheyenne, WY

Elyce Gobat, CEcD
Hobbs, NM

Betsey Hale, CEcD
Cheyenne, WY

Ashley Hardin, CEcD
Perry, GA

Andrew Haussler, CEcD
Clovis, CA

Michael Hennig, CEcD
Fort Worth, TX

Peiter Hjertstedt, CEcD
Phoenix, AZ

Matthew Hubacher, CEcD
Buffalo, NY

Adam Hughes, CEcD
Ogden, UT

Nathan Huret, CEcD
Conover, NC

Michelle Kakacek, CEcD
Watertown, SD

James Kohnstamm, CEcD
Miami, FL

John Krug, CEcD
Lake Mary, FL

Nancy Lee McNew, CEcD
Pine Bluff, AR

Robert Michalik, CEcD
Hartford, CT

Mandi Mitchell, CEcD
Baton Rouge, LA

Kim Moore, CEcD
Dallas, TX

Jason Mundo, CEcD
Dallas, TX

Sean O'Shea, CEcD
Santa Fe, NM

Karisa Rojas-Norton, CEcD
Largo, FL

Lyle Sclair, CEcD
Melville, NY

Connie Stopher, CEcD
Twin Falls, ID

Anne Villa, CEcD
Baton Rouge, LA

Sherry Wilborn, CEcD
Roxboro, NC


Certification Exam Calendar

March 6, 2021 : Written Portion of Exam
March 11 or 12, 2021: Oral Interview Section
Application Deadline: February 19, 2021  

May 29, 2021 : Written Portion of Exam
June 3 or 4, 2021: Oral Interview Section
Application Deadline: May 3, 2021  

October 2-3, 2021
Nashville, TN
The Westin Nashville
807 Clark Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Application Deadline: September 6, 2021
Hotel Group Rate Deadline: September 3, 2021

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