Patty Lundstrom receives designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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For Immediate Release
December 6, 2016

Gallup, NM – Patty Lundstrom, Executive Director for Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC), 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) on December 3 and 4 in Albuquerque, NM at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town.

“We want to congratulate Executive Director Lundstrom on achieving the CEcD designation,” said GGEDC Board of Directors President Tommy Haws. “It adds tremendously to the professional credibility that GGEDC demonstrates in the economic development arena.”

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 & attraction
  • Strategic planning
  • Entrepreneurial & small business development
  • Managing economic development organizations
  • Neighborhood development strategies
  • Real estate development & reuse
  • Technology-led economic development
  • Workforce development strategies

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 currently over 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.


Contact: Patricia Lundstrom

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