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Tom Pukys Earns I.E.D.C Accreditation

Thomas A. Pukys, President of the Alliance Area Development, Alliance, Ohio recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  He has nine years of economic development experience as President of the Alliance Area Development (AAD). 

The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on January 26 and 27 of this year in Orlando, Florida.     www.iedc.org 

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.  Prior to being accepted for taking the two-day exam, candidates must have received certifications in each of the required areas; including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, and management.  Over several years, Tom has continued his economic development training by gaining certifications in each of these categories. 

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 1,297 active CEcDs in the United States.

The International Economic Development Council is a premiere organization for the economic development profession.  Serving over 4,600 members, IEDC is the world’s largest professional membership organization providing a diversity of economic development services, including research and advisory services, conferences, professional development and legislative tracking.