Professional Development Committee

At a glance:

  • Promote and support the practice of professional development – that is, the advancement of skills, expertise, and knowledge to succeed in the economic development profession.
  • Facilitate support for GEDA members preparing for professional certification.
  • Promote and administer the GEDA professional development grant program.

A key part of GEDA’s mission is to support the continual professional development of our members. One of the key ways we do this is through our professional development grant program which involves an annual competitive application process coordinated by this committee. GEDA’s professional development grant program is the largest of its kind among state associations.

Are you working to gain the skills and knowledge to be among the best in the economic development profession in serving those you serve? Apply for a grant from GEDA to help you move forward in your professional development journey and meet your goals!

This committee also connects GEDA members with opportunities to help them prepare for professional certifications such as the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

For more information, contact Committee Chair, Saralyn Stafford.

2018 Action Plan

  • Promote GEDA professional development grant program via the newsletter and social media using profiles provided by the recipients and acknowledging them as recipients of a grant from GEDA.
  • Administer GEDA Professional Development grant program by approving applications in a timely fashion.
  • Promote and support the practice of economic development certification
    List of CEcDs & EDFPs