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Laura Lewis Marchino Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

May 10, 2017

Laura Lewis Marchino, Executive Director of Region 9 EDD, has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Laura Lewis Marchino first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2014. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Laura Lewis Marchino who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession.

With 11 years of economic development experience, Laura Lewis Marchino has served on numerous boards including the Homes Fund, Southwest Colorado Community College, and United Way of Southwest Colorado. She has been on the National Association of Development Organization’s (NADO) Board of Directors since 2009. Other recognition includes: 2015, Barbara Conrad Leadership Award; 2008 Economic Development Leader of the Year; 2005, Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund: 2004 Extraordinary Woman Award.

The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Laura Lewis Marchino first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination, testing her knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development

As highly skilled economic development practitioners, Laura Lewis Marchino and over 1,000 other Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create and detain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy, and improve quality of life for the people they serve.