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July 14, 2016

Chandler’s Economic Development Program Manager Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council

James Smith, economic development program manager, with the City of Chandler’s Economic Development Division, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) this June, in Tulsa, Okla., at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa. Smith was the only representative from Arizona who completed and passed the exam. With more than 17 years of economic development experience, Smith manages the City’s office, industrial and retail projects, including attraction, retention and expansion.  James also has worked on redevelopment programs, including administering Chandler’s Infill Incentive Plan, which encourages private reuse/redevelopment of existing commercial centers, and recently worked on implementation of the City’s adaptive reuse program.  

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive examination, which has three parts and spans two days. The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the following key areas of economic development: business retention and expansion; finance & credit analysis; marketing and attraction; strategic planning; entrepreneurial & small business development; managing economic development organizations; neighborhood development strategies; real estate development & reuse; technology-led economic development; and workforce development strategies. 

As highly competent economic development professionals, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well-being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. There are currently more than 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.

About the International Economic Development Council:
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,700 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.