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Robert Tunis receives designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Robert Tunis, Economic Development Manager for the City of Scottsdale 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 CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) April 8-9, 2017 in Washington, DC. As economic development manager in charge of business retention and expansion at Scottsdale economic development, Bob helps businesses access the resources they need to start, stay, and grow their operations in Scottsdale. “After moving my company to Scottsdale from the north-east, I can honestly say that I have never experienced such helpful assistance from government as the recent dealings I have received from the City of Scottsdale,” said Kevin Goldman, CEO for Skindinavia, after a meeting with Bob.

 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

 

“Bob is an integral member of the Scottsdale economic development team and is dedicated to supporting the development of local businesses while promoting the retention and creation of local jobs,” said Danielle Casey - Economic Development Director at Scottsdale Economic Development. “Earning the CEcD designation underscores his commitment to and knowledge of all aspects of economic development. Our community is fortunate to benefit from Bob’s experience and dedication to improving employment opportunities in our area.”

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.

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About the City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale is one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership of premier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advance medicine and patient care through cutting-edge research. For more information, visit ChooseScottsdale.com.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 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.

Contacts

City of Scottsdale
Christian Green, 602-363-2306
Economic Development Manager
cgreen@scottsdaleaz.gov