Director with Pflugerville Community Development Corporation earns CEcD designation

Christian Kurtz, director of business development for the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) in Pflugerville, Texas, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).

Kurtz joins over 1,100 people worldwide who have been recognized for their skills in economic development by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Of the six candidates who successfully passed the examinations this month, Kurtz was the only Texan and is one of 141 active statewide designations in the state.

“To achieve certification in economic development from the International Economic Development Council, professionals must remain dedicated and committed to education and training over several years,” said Amy Madison, PCDC Executive Director. “Christian’s commitment to advancing his skills in the economic development profession to serve our community is exemplary, and we are proud to celebrate this accomplishment with him.” 

At least four years of full-time, consecutive, paid economic development experience are required to qualify to sit for the exam. In addition, all candidates must complete an economic development basic course, along with six of the eleven courses currently offered through IEDC’s professional training program. Once eligible, candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive two-day examination which includes a multiple choice short answer, essay, and interview process.

“Learning is a constant in life and an important part of the journey is celebrating milestones that measure successes personally and professionally,” said Kurtz.

Since joining the PCDC in August 2012, Kurtz has served in several capacities for the organization but has spent the last five years in his current role in the recruitment and retention of domestic and international prospects. He is a member of the IEDC, the Texas Economic Development Council, and the TeamTexas marketing group.