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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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2018 Courses Now Available!



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2019 course dates and locations

  • Economic Development Landscape (Core class)
    January 31 and February 1, 2019  University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia


  • Attracting and Growing Business
    (Core class)
    March 7, 2019
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia


  • Entrepreneur and Small Business (Elective–Industry Knowledge track)
    April 11, 2019
    James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, Georgia


  • Agribusiness
    (Elective–Industry Knowledge track)
    May 9, 2019
    UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia


  • Role of the Manager
    (Elective–Leadership Development track)
    June 4, 2019
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia


  • Communications
    (Elective–Leadership Development track)
    June 4, 2019
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia


  • Branding and Marketing Strategies (Core class)
    September 12, 2019
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia


  • Tourism
    (Elective–Industry Knowledge track)
    October 10, 2019
    Union County Community Center in Blairsville, Georgia


  • Powerful Presentations
    (Elective–Leadership Development track)
    November 14, 2019
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia


  • Managing Conflict
    (Elective–Leadership Development track)

    November 14, 2019
    University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel in Athens, Georgia