International council certifies Davis economic development specialist

Monday , November 12, 2012 - 4:09 PM

Marlin Eldred

Marlin Eldred

Bryon Saxton

FARMINGTON — Marlin Eldred, Davis County Economic Development Specialist knows his business.

Eldred recently received designation as a certified economic developer from the International Economic Development Council.

The national recognition (CEcD), denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth, Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser said.

The recognition included a CEcD exam which was administered by the IEDC on Sept. 29 and 30 in Houston, Tex.

With more than 10 years of economic development experience, Eldred has been a key player in helping Davis County expand its business attraction, retention and expansion opportunities, Sulser said in a prepared statement.

Some of the work Eldred has done for the county includes creating both print and electronic marketing materials, conducting business visits, working to designate land for future development and helping to create incentives over a geographic area.

“His experience and knowledge has been a valuable asset to Davis County,” Sulser said.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession.

Eldred has been utilized with Davis Unified Economic Development, a monthly collaboration meeting with representatives from the different Davis cities and private businesses, Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.

Eldred also helps in developing different marketing brochures the county uses in providing information to those businesses that have an interest in either building, relocating or expanding into the county, Downs said. She said a skill set that prevents county leaders from having to go outside of the county to contract for the work.

“Eldred is keyed into numbers and statistics and whether it will give the county a bang for its buck,” Downs said. “(Economic development) is just a natural thing for Eldred. It is like breathing to him.”

There are 1,235 active CEcDs in the United States. Eldred is the fifth person in Utah to have received this designation.