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Howey Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from IEDC


Molly Howey, director of business development, for GO Topeka, recently earned the International Economic Development Council’s designation of certified economic developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Matt Pivarnik, president and chief executive officer of GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, said, “This designation validates Molly’s expertise and commitment to keeping current on all aspects of economic development, and we are lucky to have her on our team. It’s also a testament to the caliber of the professional staff that our economic development team brings to the region.”

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive examination, which has three parts and spans two days. The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the following key areas of economic development:

  • Business retention and expansion
  • Finance and credit analysis
  • Marketing and attraction
  • Strategic planning
  • Entrepreneurial and small business development
  • Managing economic development organizations
  • Neighborhood development strategies
  • Real estate development and reuse
  • Technology-led economic development
  • Workforce development strategies

The IEDC is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers and has more than 4,700 members employed in local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions.

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