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Highland resident earns professional certification

HIGHLAND — The Community Development Council Inc. has announced that Highland resident Lisa Peck has earned the CDI’s certification of Professional Community and Economic Developer.

peck lisaPeck becomes one of approximately 300 professionals currently certified as a Professional Community and Economic Developer. Earning the certification requires extensive, documented practical experience and passing a rigorous exam.

During her career, Peck has initiated and implemented numerous programs and partnerships which successfully achieved community, economic and workforce development goals. She has collaborated with local, regional, state and federal stakeholders to stimulate economic growth on the Illinois and Missouri sides of the St. Louis metropolitan area through entrepreneurship, innovation and workforce programming.

In her career, Peck has served as assistant city manager and director of economic development for the City of Highland, economic director for University City, Mo., and planner for Madison County government.

Peck received Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy and Public Administration degrees from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She has been featured in Small Business Monthly Southwestern Illinois People to Know 2016, was honored to be named one of the 2017 People to Watch in the Get to Know the Metro East Campaign. Recently, Peck was named as a Woman of Achievement by the Highland Chapter of the Illinois Federation of Business Women.

The Community Development Council Inc. was organized in 1995 as a 501 (c)(6) corporation to promote the advancement of standards of competence for community development professionals through accreditation of community development educational programs and professional certification.

The council is governed by a board of directors that includes representatives from the CDI regions located throughout the country, as well as private and public sectors. The council is not a membership organization; its purpose is to establish professional standards through certification and training that will be recognized as valuable to both the community development practitioner and those who employ their services.

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