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Mark Litten, VP Economic Development receives certificate in Workforce Development Fundamentals

The International Economic Development Council & Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Foundation Announce Inaugural Cohort of Joint Workforce Development Certificate Program
Washington, DC – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Foundation are proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Certificate in Workforce Development Fundamentals program. This initial cohort of recipients serves as a significant step forward in advancing both IEDC and ACCE's commitment to enhancing the skills of chamber staff and economic development professionals while expanding equitable workforce opportunities and outcomes. 
This joint certificate program empowers professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the intersection of economic and workforce development while closing education gaps. Each certificate recipient completed an intensive and comprehensive 6-week curriculum, featuring expert-led sessions, hands-on learning experiences, practical applications of economic and workforce development principles and an online exam. Recipients obtained a digital certificate and social media badge from ACCE and IEDC to showcase their achievement in the program. ACCE offered (3) points towards the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) program and maintenance; IEDC additionally provided (3) Level-I points towards Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recertification requirements. 
"IEDC extends its congratulations to all chamber staff and economic development professionals who embarked on this journey with us and our partners at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Foundation," expressed IEDC President and CEO Nathan Ohle. "With the completion of this inaugural certificate program, we are driving holistic economic development solutions that integrate economic growth and talent attraction. Our partnership with ACCE has set a new standard for collaborative professional growth initiatives through this program, paving the way for a vast network of passionate, dedicated economic and workforce development experts."
"Congratulations to this first cohort who are bringing essential skills back to their regions to address workforce challenges and promote economic prosperity. Their dedication highlights the pivotal role chambers of commerce and economic development organizations play in shaping the future of our communities, especially when they are working hand-in-hand," said ACCE President and CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. "This program drew interest from across the country, and I am excited to watch the catalytic leadership participants will bring to the challenges and opportunities in their markets."
IEDC and ACCE will offer a second iteration of the Certificate in Workforce Development Fundamentals program from November through December, with availability for 60 attendees (30 per organization). Learn more and register at https://www.iedconline.org/events/2024/11/05/certificate-program/acce-iedc-certificate-in-workforce-development-fundamentals/. 

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