Georgia Certified Economic Developer Program

The Georgia Certified Economic Developer (GCED) program, created in partnership with the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), offers economic development professionals Georgia-specific training on practical topics that can be immediately applied within your community to achieve economic success.

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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:

  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. This 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.


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2020 Courses Now Available!

  • Redevelopment & Revitalization Strategies
    (Elective–Industry Knowledge track)
    Online Training
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  • Financing Economic Development & Deal Structuring
    (Core class)
    October 15, 2020
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
    Athens, Georgia
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  • Creative Economies
    (Elective–Industry Knowledge track)
    November 12, 2020
    Thomasville Arts Center
    Thomasville, Georgia
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  • Collaborative Leadership
    (Elective–Leadership Development track)
    December 10, 2020
    UGA Griffin campus
    Griffin, Georgia
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