Colleen Kardasz Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council

Loudoun Economic Development is proud to announce that Assistant Director, Colleen Kardasz, has achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). This national recognition is a testament to Ms. Kardasz’s mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment, and her unwavering commitment to personal and professional growth.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) administered the two-part written CEcD Exam on September 16 and notified candidates of their results after the oral exam on September 17.  Ms. Kardasz is the 4th Certified Economic Developer currently on the staff of Loudoun Economic Development.

“I applaud Colleen’s unwavering dedication to achieving this esteemed economic development certification,” remarked Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun County’s Department of Economic Development. “Obtaining the Certified Economic Developer designation is a significant achievement and a reflection of her commitment to enhancing our community’s prosperity.”

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 tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency, and judgment in the following key areas of economic development:

  • business retention and expansion
  • finance & credit analysis
  • marketing and 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
  • foreign direct investment & exporting

As highly competent economic development professionals, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members creating leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector.  Excellence in the economic development profession improves wellbeing, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses, and communities. There are currently only just over 1,200 active CEcDs in the United States.

About Loudoun County Department of Economic Development

The Department of Economic Development is dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industries and diversifying Loudoun county’s business climate, providing a wide range of services for companies.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit 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. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.