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economic developer:

. . . aka economic development practitioner, a person engaged in a specialized sphere of activity defined in various ways — a collection of definitions of economic development.

The International Economic Development Council states that its members (economic developers) . . . create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions (source of quote). IEDC has an economic developer certification program that awards a CEcD designation. Also, there are other ways to obtain professional recognition, such as completing basic courses and graduating from academic institutes. The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) is an example of the latter.

The majority of economic development practitioners are engaged in . . . a specialized form of marketing (source of quote) as area and local development representatives. As economic development representatives they are location data suppliers and arrangers of things for prospects. An economic development consultant once stated that . . . politics is part of the game and (the best of economic developers indulge) in it with relish (source).


What is economic development? : answer; define economic development

 
 
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What is economic development?

The entire set of approaches to economic development practice may be considered a specialized form of marketing (source of quote).

The term commonly used to identify the economic development practitioner is defined at the top of this page. A related term, location marketing, ties economic development marketing to the site selection component of enterprise development.
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As an emerging profession, economic development has standards of professionalism that are not yet completely defined. Demands for recognition and expectations of greater accountability are leading to necessary improvements in training and performance. Requirements of the profession include unique interdisciplinary skills (leadership, theoretical, practical, political, and change-agent) and capacity for adapting to change. (MSE) (source of quote).
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We (who we are) hesitated to add to the plethora of answers that address the question of what economic development is and then decided that a guide might be in order. The following resources are now available in our share network:

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