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Become a CLED

Louisiana's Certified Louisiana Economic Developer credential is highly respected within the profession

Certified Louisiana Economic Developer

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 Southeast Louisiana by nationally recognized economic development experts with content tailored specifically to the state of Louisiana.  On average, it takes a minimum of 2 years to complete the certification. Only two IEDC courses can be accepted toward Louisiana CLED certification.


Highly Recommended

"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. This certification requires an extensive and collaborative process of coursework and evaluation. Upon completion, economic development professionals are better prepared for leadership, career longevity and personal growth. I encourage every economic development professional serving our state to engage this opportunity and achieve this designation."

Don Pierson, Secretary of Economic Development, State of Louisiana

Basic Economic Development Course Class of 2020

CLED First Graduating Class of 2011

CLED Real Estate Development & Reuse class of 2019

Dr. Ed Bee, CEcD leading a discussion at the CLED Public Policy and Incentives course at Southeastern Louisiana University, September 2018

CLED Business Retention & Expansion class of 2019

Certification Requirements

We created the program to help local communities achieve their goals.  Perhaps certification is more than you need?  Some of the core classes are very popular and can be taken as a stand alone resource to help you learn best practices in a certain area.  Only two IEDC courses can be accepted toward Louisiana CLED certification. You will receive a certificate of completion, and we will maintain record of your achievement should you decide to pursue certification at a later date.

The following describes the certification requirements.


Basic Economic Development (BEDC) Course
- 4 Day Course, certified by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  For complete information, click here.
Core Courses

- Marketing and Attraction

- Business Retention and Expansion

- Real Estate Development and Re-Use

Two Electives (any two of the following)

- Strategic Planning for Economic Development

- Leading and Managing the Economic Development Organization

- Project Financing in Economic Development

- Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

- Community Development

- Small Business & Entrepreneurship

- Ethics in Economic Development

- Workforce Development

- Exporting, Transportation and Logistics

- Understanding and Growing Retail

- Site Development and Certification

- Identifying and Analyzing Target Industries

- Economic Development Credit Analysis

- Other courses developed under the direction of the Dean

Are You Ready to Become CLED Certified?

Step 1:  Email to verify that you have   

             completed all required courses.

Step 2:  Complete the Application and pay the certification fee. 

             Click Here.

Step 3:  An email will be sent to you and the Dean, Dr. Ed Bee, acknowledging that you have met credentials, and you will be directed to work with Dr. Ed Bee to begin your research paper.  


Research Paper

- After successful completion of the six required classes, participants will write a research paper demonstrating the practical application of an aspect of the training under the direction of the Dean.

Download Resource Documents:

  • Download a summary flyer regarding the program here.

  • Completed your CLED required courses?  Ready to begin your special project? Apply for  certification here.

  • Download instructions for the research paper here.

  • Pay your certification fee ($250) here.

  • Download the recertification application here.

  • Pay your recertification fee ($50) here.

CLED Strategic Planning class of 2019

The CLED "Certified Louisiana Economic Developer" pin.  A symbol of distinction.

Certified Louisiana Economic Developers in Louisiana

Scot Byrd, CLED

City of Gonzales, Chief Administrative Officer

Ginger Cangelosi

Executive Director, Tangipahoa Economic Development

Ashley Cangelosi-Lewellyn

St. Tammany Economic Development

David Carter, CLED

Louisiana Economic Development

Gus Fontenot, CLED

SWLA Economic Development Alliance

Jonathan Dean, CLED


Abigail DePino, CLED

Livingston Parish Economic Development

David Doss, CLED

NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

Eliza Eugene, CLED

EME Consulting, Inc.

Devin Harrison, CLED

Louisiana Economic Development

William Joubert, CLED

Louisiana Small Business Development Center

Kay King, CLED

Morehouse Economic Development Corporation

David Latona, CLED


Stacey Neal, CLED

Louisiana Economic Development

Genevieve Silverman, CLED

Louisiana Technology Park

Jody Soileau, CLED

Southwest Louisiana Electric Cooperative

Luci Sposito, CLED, PCED

Lafourche Parish Council - Vice Chair

Michael Tomlinson, CLED

Hammond Area Economic & Industrial Development

Clair Marceaux, CLED

Yancy LeGrande, CLED

Louisiana Economic Development

Wayne Ricks, CLED

Small Business Development Center at SLU

Meaghan McCormack, CLED

St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation

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