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Misti Martin Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

December 4, 2019

Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) President Misti Martin has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Misti achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2000. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was award to Misti who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession.

With over 24 years of economic development experience, Misti has held numerous positions on state boards for Chamber and Economic Development organizations, serving as Chair of the Georgia Economic Developers Association in 2012 and Co-chair of the Metro Atlanta Regional Marketing Alliance in 2018 and 2019. She has also been featured as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and as a Notable Georgian. Martin was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Economic Developers in North America” in 2016.

The designation of Certificated 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.  Misti first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination, testing her knowledge, proficient, and judgment in the key areas of economic development.

“Congratulations to Misti Martin on being recertified as a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council,” said Marshall Day, Chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. “Misti’s commitment to sustainable economic development continues to have far-reaching impacts on both Cherokee and communities across metro Atlanta.”

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

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base.  Learn more about IEDC at