Local elected officials, administrators, and staff, as well as boards and authorities, can benefit from quality, customized training and development opportunities offered by the Institute at convenient locations around the state and on the University of Georgia campus.
Georgia's first certified economic developer program has arrived! The Georgia Certified Economic Developer (GCED) program, created in partnership with the Georgia Economic Developers Association, offers economic development professionals Georgia-specific training on practical topics that can be immediately applied within your community to achieve economic success.
Receive your certification from the University of Georgia through the GCED program, offered by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Courses tailored to the specific needs of Georgia's communities
Two specialty tracks to choose from
More cost-effective than other economic development training
Taught in central locations around the state
Complete your certification in as little as two to three years
Practical, skills-based training with immediate application
This certificate program helps improve the effectiveness and performance of economic development professionals by enhancing their knowledge and skills in five competency areas.
Professionalism and Initiative
Technical and Industry Knowledge
Analyzing, Assessing and Problem Solving
Leadership and Influence
GCED certification is awarded to participants who complete a total of 60 hours of course work and a capstone portfolio project. The program is broken down into five core courses that account for 36 hours of course work and an additional 24 hours of elective credit from two specializations, Industry Knowledge or Leadership Development.