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There are currently more than 1,000 Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) worldwide. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) offers this certification program. For requirements, information on the process and more, visit

VEDA’s Professional Development Committee has purchased a set of study CEcD Study Manuals available for checkout by VEDA members. Email the VEDA office for more information.

VEDA Members Having Earned the CEcD Designation (as of May 7, 2020)

  • Karen Aylward, Chesterfield County Economic Development
  • Patrick Barker, Frederick County Economic Development Authority
  • Mallory Butler, City of Newport News, Department of Development
  • Helen Cauthen, Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development
  • Michele DeWitt, City of Williamsburg
  • Chris Engel, City of Charlottesville, Office of Economic Development
  • Grace Festa, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Tom Flynn, Prince William County Department of Economic Development
  • James Gahres, Prince William County Department of Economic Development
  • Brian Hamilton, Montgomery County Economic Development
  • George Harben, Prince William County Department of Development Services
  • H Hart, Chesterfield County Economic Development
  • Robert Hill, OnPoint Development Strategies, LLC
  • Gregory Hitchin, City of Waynesboro
  • Megan Lucas, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
  • Peirce Macgill, City of Harrisonburg
  • Amy Parkhurst, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
  • Elizabeth Povar, The Riverlink Group
  • Brenda Rigney, Montgomery County Economic Development
  • Patrick Small, City of Manassas
  • Nicole Smith, City of Manassas
  • Jeffrey Stoke, Prince George County Economic Development Office
  • Linwood Thomas, Hanover County Economic Development
  • Joseph Topham, Town of Ashland
  • Brandon Turner, Hanover County Economic Development
  • Joyce Waugh, Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Yaskowsky, City of Hampton Department of Economic Development
  • Sindy Yeh, Arlington Economic Development

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