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Gene Goddard, CEcD, EDFP, has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Goddard who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the economic development profession.

With almost 30 years of economic development experience, Gene has coordinated business expansion projects at the local, regional, state and private sector levels that have generated over $5 billion in capital investment by his corporate clients.  These clients include Cargill, General Mills, US Bank, Databank, Compass Data Centers, Prime Therapeutics, Boston Scientific, Cenex Harvest States, Land O’Lakes, CIM Group, AECOM and many more.

The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Goddard first earned ce1tification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination, testing his knowledge, proficiency, and judgment in the key areas of economic development.

As highly skilled economic development practitioners, Goddard and over 1,000 other Ce1tified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders, and community members to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy, and improve quality of life for the people they serve.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 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. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

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