Sparks receives designation of Certified Economic Developer

Monday, December 10, 2018

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Erin Sparks, economic developer at Great River Energy, 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.

This designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, which has three parts and spans two days.

The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgement in the following key areas of economic development:

  • Business retention and expansion
  • Finance and credit analysis
  • Marketing and attraction
  • Strategic planning
  • Entrepreneurial and small business development
  • Managing economic development organizations
  • Neighborhood development strategies
  • Real estate development and reuse
  • Technology-led economic development
  • Workforce development strategies

CEcDs 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 wellbeing, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, business and communities. Sparks joins a contingent of more than 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.

Category: economic development