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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.

The Georgia Certified Economic Developer Program
A UGA Certification Program

Contact: Jennifer Nelson, jrnelson@uga.edu; 706.201.6095
Upcoming Courses:
Register online below for courses or print a 2016 mail-in registration form.

2017 Courses Now Available!

Register online below for courses or print a 2017 mail-in registration form.

Economic Development Landscape
February 8–9, 2017
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March 9, 2017
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Attracting and Growing Business
April 26, 2017
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Strategic Planning
May 25, 2017
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June 8, 2017
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Branding and Marketing Strategies
August 15, 2017
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Leading & Navigating Change
September 21, 2017
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Global Commerce
October 26, 2017
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Public Service Values and Ethics
November 14, 2017
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Power and Influence
November 14, 2017
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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

Learn more and get started today by registering for upcoming courses!

This certificate program helps improve the effectiveness and performance of economic development professionals by enhancing their knowledge and skills in five competency areas.
  1. Professionalism and Initiative
  2. Technical and Industry Knowledge
  3. Analyzing, Assessing and Problem Solving
  4. Relationship Building
  5. 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.

View detailed program and course information.

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