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LIDEA strongly encourages our members to participate in professional development courses and programs to achieve their economic development certification(s).  

Certified Economic Development Program

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers.  IEDC offers a certification program that is globally recognized, unifying and setting the standard of excellence for the discipline.  LIDEA is proud to partner with IEDC in supporting the promotion of these professional development and educational events.  To learn more about IEDC's Certified Economic Developer Program, click here.

Certified Louisiana Economic Developer (CLED) Program 

LIDEA proudly partners with Louisiana Economic Development (LED) to offer a Certified Louisiana Economic Developer (CLED) program, sponsored by the Southwestern Electric Power Company, USDA, and GNO Inc.  This certification path is designed for economic development professionals new to the discipline, Chamber of Commerce staff, elected officials, and local civic leaders interested in learning more about the field of economic development.  This program is taught in New Orleans and Lake Charles by nationally recognized economic development experts with content tailored specifically to the state of Louisiana.

For more information about this program, please click here.

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Becoming a Certified Louisiana Economic Developer is an essential pathway for those who seek to become career professionals in our state. This designation confirms that an individual has the skills and knowledge necessary to not only perform their duties, but to advance into leadership roles. I encourage every economic development professional serving our state to engage this opportunity and achieve this designation.



CLED Sponsors
Thanks to our CLED Sponsors!
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LIDEA is an equal opportunity service provider.

The Certified Louisiana Economic Developer Program is administered in conjunction with the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA),
and Louisiana Economic Development.

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