Economic Development Coordinator Edgar Campa-Palafox Earns Certified Economic Developer Designation

Edgar Campa- PalafoxAlachua County Economic Development Coordinator Edgar Campa-Palafox recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Being certified by IEDC is the highest form of credibility and competency in the economic development profession. Currently, he is the only CEcD in the Gainesville/Alachua County region.

The CEcD is a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to professional growth. The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession.

To qualify for the CEcD examination, candidates must complete a process, which combines experience and professional development activities and preparation. It also requires attendance to a minimum of five practitioner-based training courses.

After being eligible, 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.

Learn more about the CEcD program.

For more information, contact Edgar Campa-Palafox at 352-264-6908 or

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