McManus receives designation of Certified Economic Developer
Melissa McManus, principal of Melissa McManus LLC, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Melissa McManus LLC assists North Country communities in economic and community development strategic planning, funding acquisition, and project implementation.
The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council on March 22 and 23 in Alexandria at the Westin Alexandria. 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, tech-led economic development, and management.
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.