Tammy McLeod recently earned the 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 May 31 and June 1, 2014, in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.
“The certification process was more rigorous than I anticipated,” said McLeod. “I’m honored to be amongst the other great economic developers in our state and eager to work collectively with them to enhance the quality of life in Arizona.”
McLeod currently serves as Vice President of Energy Resource Management for Arizona Public Service Company (APS). Her responsibilities include APS’s system marketing and trading, as well as the company’s energy resource planning and procurement, including utility-scale solar construction, operations and maintenance. McLeod has also been actively involved in economic development efforts across Arizona, including serving on the boards of the Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) since 2009.
“I was thrilled to hear about Tammy’s designation as a Certified Economic Developer, as this distinction is only awarded to a few people across the country each year,” said Kimer Lanning, Executive Director of the Local First Arizona Foundation. “The knowledge she has gained from this experience will greatly contribute to advancing LFAF’s mission of building strong local economies and communities across Arizona.”
“I am delighted to extend my congratulations to Tammy on earning her CEcD designation,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Her commitment to economic development and its impact to our region is evident in her continued involvement as a member of the GPEC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and contributions to the overall success of the organization.”
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, entrepreneurial and small business development, real estate, strategic planning, technology-led economic development and management.
As highly competent economic development practitioners, 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. McLeod is now one of approximately 1,000 active CEcDs in the United States, Canada and Mexico.