SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Rob Millar, 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)
June 3-4, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. As economic development manager in charge of business attraction at Scottsdale economic development, Rob helps recruit and attract businesses expanding or relocating their operations to Scottsdale.
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
“Rob is an integral member of the Scottsdale economic development team and is dedicated to supporting the development of local businesses while promoting Scottsdale to businesses in other markets,” 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 Rob’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.
About the City of Scottsdale
Scottsdaleis one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built onmedical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters.Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. Thehigh-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, isdesigned to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearbyArizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership ofpremier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advancemedicine 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.
City of Scottsdale
Christian Green, 602-363-2306
Economic Development Manager