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Thomas Cole, CEcD Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

Thomas A. Cole, Economic Development Administrator for the City of Raytown, MO has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective April 15, 2013. Tom first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2001 and was among the first in the state of Missouri to receive the designation.  CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Tom who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. With twenty years of economic development experience, Tom has been instrumental in spurring over $1 billion of new capital investment and the creation/retention of nearly 12,000 jobs.

 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.  Tom first earned certification 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, Tom and 1150 other Certified 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.

About IEDC:

The International Economic Development Council is the premier independent non-profit, non-partisan membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development.  IEDC assists economic development professionals in creating high-quality jobs, developing vibrant communities and improving the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,100 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world.  IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services, and public policy tracking. Visit http://www.iedconline.org to learn more

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