Deb Heffner CEcDDeb Heffner, Economic Development Coordinator, Greater Reading Economic Partnership (GREP), recently earned the highly prestigious designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), 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 (IEDC) on June 11-12, 2016 in Tulsa, OK at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa.

Heffner has over 13 years of experience developing and maintaining relationships with site selectors and corporate real estate professionals and managing prospects; including facilitating site visits. In addition, Heffner has been developing and managing the region’s Business Expansion and Growth program.

Pamela Shupp, Vice President, GREP, recognizes Heffner’s achievement as an incredible benefit to the organization. “Deb is an established and recognized leader in economic development marketing in Pennsylvania and a key member of our Berks County team. This designation is recognition of her commitment to professional development and education and her unfailing dedication to this community.”

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 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.

As highly competent economic development practitioners, Certified Economic Developers work with the public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well-being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. There are currently over 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.

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