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Alton official earns designation of Certified Economic Developer

Greg Caffey, director of Planning & Development for the city of Alton, has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The International Economic Development Council administered the CEcD Exam on March 6 and candidates received their results on March 12.

Caffey has 20 years of industry experience and is a specialist in the fields of economic and community development.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development 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 areas of economic development, among them business retention and expansion; finance and credit analysis; marketing; strategic planning; entrepreneurial and small business development and others.

Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to help build upon and maximize the economic development sector.

There are currently more than 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.

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