Ann Marie Miller, director of Marketing and Research for the Ada Jobs Foundation, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This national recognition denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. IEDC Certification is one of the highest benchmarks of professional competence a practicing economic developer can attain. The CEcD exam was administered by the IEDC June 9-10 in St. Louis at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.
Miller is a 2005 graduate of the William S. Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Miller is a native Oklahoman and a Chickasaw citizen. In 2008, the Oklahoma Federation of Business and Professional Women selected Miller as Oklahoma’s Young Careerist 2008. In 2009, Miller graduated with Class VI of the Oklahoma Citizens Academy, which is hosted by the Oklahoma Community Institute. Miller is a member of the International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Oklahoma Economic Development Council and the Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team.
With nearly seven years of experience in the industry, Miller has been a vital part of the success of the Ada Jobs Foundation. The Ada Jobs Foundation has managed to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Ada area for nearly 14 years. Through the hard work of Miller, AJF Staff and Board, and community partnerships, the Ada Jobs Foundation has overseen the investment of more than $5 million of Prop 2 funds into the community, which have created and retained nearly 2,500 jobs in the community, which accounts for 15 percent of the job growth in the community. Since Miller began her position at the Ada Jobs Foundation, the unemployment rate has decreased from 4.8 percent in July 2005 to 3.5 percent in April 2012 and reached an all-time low of 2.3 percent in April of 2008. Additionally the size of the Ada area labor force has grown by 2,794 new employees during this same time. The median wage for the Ada Labor Market Area has increased by 13.8 percent from 2005.
The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning and management. On average only 30 percent of the candidates pass the certification exams, and only 10 percent pass on their first attempt. Miller successfully passed all three exams on her first try. Miller is one of the youngest economic developers to receive the CEcD designation.
As highly competent economic development practitioners, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. There are currently 1,250 active CEcDs in the United States.
The IEDC is the premiere organization for the economicdevelopment profession.
Serving over 4,600 members, IEDC is the world’s largest professional membership organization providing a diversity of economic development services, including research and advisory services, conferences, professional development and legislative tracking. IEDC provides economic developers with the information and tools they need to build local economies and strives to draw upon and increase the collective expertise and influence of its diverse membership.