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Event Recognition

This program is designed for membership organizations wishing to have an event recognized as one that, if attended by a CEcD, is applicable to CEcD recertification.


What Recognition Means

An important goal of the CEcD program is to ensure that those who are certified continue their own professional development and continue to contribute to the profession. IEDC recognizes the attendance of non-IEDC events as a way for a CEcD to contribute to her/his recertification. As economic development varies from region to region and state to state, IEDC recognizes the importance of state and regional offerings of events to the practitioner. IEDC encourages members of the economic development community to participate in national, regional and state events in order to increase their knowledge, enhance the profession and participate with peers within the field.

» View a list of recognized events for recertification


Eligibility for Event Recognition

An event may be recognized if the following three requirements are met:

• Be sponsored by a state or regional association of economic development practitioners, an economic development agency or an institution of higher education or be sponsored by a national membership organization whose members are made up of more than 50% by economic developers.
• The content of the event deals solely with the professional development of the economic development practitioner.
• Program content includes practical “how-to’s” of successful economic development programs, the examination of particular trends, techniques, tools or programs, and best practices.

Applications must be submitted by the requesting organization 90 days prior to the event and if approved, the recognition is valid for one year. Organizations are required to apply for recognition for each year in which they want an event recognized. IEDC recognition will qualify the event as a means of professional development that may be applied towards CEcD recertification.

» Download the event recognition application form (PDF)