Training and Professional Development

Georgia Certified Economic Developer

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 their communities to achieve economic success.



Receive your certification from the University of Georgia through the GCED program, offered by the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

The UGA GCED advantage

  • 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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Jennifer Nelson