Fligor receives designation as economic developer
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2009 11:58 am
The Messenger 02.02.09
Pat Fligor, director of business development at the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal 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) Jan. 24-25 in Tempe, Ariz., at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort.
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 three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning and management.
As highly-competent economic development practitioners, 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 about 1,200 CEcDs in the United States.
The International Economic Development Council is the premiere organization for the economic development profession. Serving over 4,600 members, IEDC is the world’s largest professional membership organization providing a diversity of economic development services, including research and advisory services, conferences, professional development and legislative tracking. IEDC provides economic developers with the information and tools they need to build local economies and strives to draw upon and increase the collective expertise and influence of its diverse membership.
IEDC also manages the Associ-ation of Defense Communities (ADC) which brings together public and private sector professionals involved with the redevelopment of closed military bases and privatization of military infrastructure.
Visit IEDC’s Web site at www.iedconline.org to learn more about membership, upcoming events and how IEDC can serve.
Certified Economic Developer, director of business development, Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, Pat Fligor