Jim Schuessler Earns Certified Economic Developer

Jim Schuessler, executive director for Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), 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) on Sept. 29-30, 2018 in Atlanta. 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.

Schuessler was previously certified as an Economic Development Financial Professional (EDFP) by the National Development Council, a thorough, four-course training series that explores the skills essential for the successful practice of economic development. Fewer than 10 percent of all economic development practitioners nationwide have achieved both certifications.

“It is humbling to achieve the CEcD certification,” Schuessler said. “IEDC’s training is rigorous and it took several years to get to this point. The residue of this work should ultimately benefit DCEDC as well as our investors and stakeholders.”

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