HCBI director receives designation of certified economic developer


Amy Wise, executive director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry (HCBI), 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.
HCBI board president Larry Burger commented, “We are very fortunate to have Amy at the helm of our organization, working so diligently for the betterment of our county.”
The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) June 9 and 10 in St. Louis, Mo. 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, twoday 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, real estate, strategic planning 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. There are currently 1,250 active CEcDs in the United States.
The International Economic Development Council is the premiere organization for the economic development profession. Serving more than 4,600 members, IEDC is the world’s largest professional membership organization providing a diversity of economic development services, including research and advisory services, conferences, professional development and legislative tracking. IEDC provides economic developers with the information and tools they need to build local economies and strives to draw upon and increase the collective expertise and influence of its diverse membership.
Visit IEDC’s website at to learn more about membership, upcoming events and how IEDC can serve you.