For Immediate Release
BDI President & CEO Alan Wood Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation 
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (May 19, 2017) – Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development Inc. (BDI), has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Wood first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2009. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Alan Wood, who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. With 15 years of economic development experience, Mr. Wood has a history of success in assisting with the growth and development of new and existing industries within the communities that he has served. In his current position with BDI, he and his staff have received several national and regional awards as well as announcing projects that have accounted for $78,000,000 in new investment and over 600 new jobs.
The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skill in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Mr. Wood first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination; testing his knowledge, proficiency and judgement in key areas of economic development.
As highly skilled economic development practitioners, Alan Wood 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.
About IEDC
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,500 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. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s member’s are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.  For more information about IEDC visit www.iedconline.org
About Burke Development, Inc.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.
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Alan Wood

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