Will McDowell Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council

Paducah, KY – Will McDowell, Vice President of Economic Development for Paducah Economic Development, has earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes, a mastery of skills netent in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. The certification is awarded by the International Economic Development Council.

McDowell is a Paducah native and a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Evansville in 2010. His previous work experience includes that of commercial real estate analyst for Silvestri-Craig Realtors in Lexington and as Industrial Development Manager in the Office of Business Development within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. In that position McDowell managed requests for proposals and coordinated with communities across the state to identify and develop industrial properties and to assemble proposals for manufacturing companies.

Prior to his current position, McDowell served as a Site & Building Coordinator for the Office of Research and Public Affairs. His responsibilities included identifying, evaluating, and marketing industrial properties across the state of Kentucky. He also managed the state’s online database of industrial properties and developed property proposals for industrial companies considering Kentucky for relocation or expansion.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the professional Candidates must pass a rigorous examination which encompasses three parts over a two-day process. There are currently more than 1,100 CEcDs in the United States.