Victor Gonzalez Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Posted by: Cori Garcia
SAHUARITA, Ariz. – Sahuarita Economic Development Manager Victor Gonzalez 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.
Town Manager Kelly Udall notes that Gonzalez has been instrumental in helping the town establish a clear, unified vision for economic development with the adoption of the economic development strategic plan. “Victor thinks outside the box,” Udall said. “He really works hard to make the most of the opportunities we have and to create new ones.”
The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
on December 3-4, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. With 15 years of economic development experience, Gonzalez has secured approximately $600,000 in grant funding for economic development activities. He was also a leader in establishing the BizHUB at Town Hall, the first and only business co-working space in the region. In addition, he has worked to establish the Town Center Commerce Park (16 acres) as a shovel ready site and future employment center.
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 the following key areas of economic development:
● business retention and expansion
● finance & credit analysis
● marketing and attraction
● strategic planning
● entrepreneurial & small business development
● managing economic development organizations
● neighborhood development strategies
● real estate development & reuse
● technology-led economic development
● workforce development strategies
As highly competent economic development professionals, Certified Economic Developers work with 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.
Contact: Mark Anthony Febbo
About the Town of Sahuarita
The Town of Sahuarita, with a $63.3 million annual budget, is one of Arizona’s fastest-growing communities. Incorporated in 1994, Sahuarita’s 27,600 citizens enjoy a small town atmosphere, a business-friendly community, outstanding recreational amenities, easy access to Mexico and Tucson, and a rich history with multi-cultural roots. The town’s leadership has a clear vision of the future that includes enhancing community, nurturing economic development, and promoting collaborations of all types. Ten departments and 135 employees deliver a wide array of core services and amenities.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,700 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedcONLINE.org.