Ames EDC

Dan Culhane Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

May 1, 2019

Dan Culhane, President & CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Commission, has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Culhane first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2000. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Culhane who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. In his current role he has led a number of initiatives including the modernization of the Ames Municipal Airport, the annexation of over 1,300 acres for industrial purposes, and the recruitment and expansion of nearly 70 companies to the Iowa State University Research Park and Ames/Story County communities.

The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. Culhane first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination, testing his knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development.

As highly skilled economic development practitioners, Culhane 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 5,000 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 members 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.

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Dan Culhane | President & CEO | 515-232-2310 |

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