Todd Smith, director of entrepreneurship and redevelopment for the Washington County Economic Development Council, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council Sept. 18-19 in Charlotte, N.C.
With eight years of economic development experience, Smith leads the efforts to develop entrepreneurial opportunities within Washington County to include forming the Will This Float Business Pitch competition. In addition, Smith led the task force to create the newly formed Washington County Economic Development Council.
The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field. 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 and management. There are currently 1,250 active CEcDs in the United States.