McFadden earns national recognition

Print Article

RITZVILLE — Stephen McFadden, Adams County Economic Development Director, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth, according to the International Economic Development Council, which administers the certification.

The CEcD exam was administered by the IEDC on Sept. 29-30 in Atlanta, Ga.

McFadden has served as Adams County’s economic development director since June 2014. He was the publisher of the Ritzville Adams County Journal from 2004 to 2014. During that time, McFadden led an effort to form the Adams County Development Council and served as its charter chairman.

For seven years, he has been a Big Bend Community College Trustee, and he was recently re-appointed to the position by Governor Inslee. He is also member of the North Central Workforce Development Council Board of Directors.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified practitioners in the economic development field and sets a standard of excellence for the profession, according to the IEDC. Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, which has three parts and spans two days. The exam tests the skills necessary for an economic developer, involving best management practices that lead to business retention and expansion, including marketing, strategic planning, and others.

Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities, according to the IEDC.

There are currently over 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States, but McFadden is the only one currently serving a county in the Columbia Basin, McFadden said.

The IEDC is a non-profit organization the works to serve and nurture economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.

Despite some promising development in Othello, Adams County largely needs a concerted effort to spur growth, McFadden said, and his role as an advisory member of the Adam’s County Economic Development Council positions him to help deal with the challenges the county faces.

— Staff Report

Print Article

Read More

Legals June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019 at 5:00 am | CITY OF OTHELLO NOTICE TO CONSULTANTS FOR MAIN STREET SAFETY PROJECT The City of Othello solicits interest from consulting firms with expertise in Civil and Structural Engineering Design. This agreem...

Read More

Summer baseball roundup: Riverdogs 17U wins tournament in Wenatchee

June 18, 2019 at 8:52 pm | Columbia Basin Herald WENATCHEE — The Columbia Basin Riverdogs 17U program finished 3-1 in Wenatchee to place first. The Riverdogs scored four runs in the seventh inning and rallied to beat Wilder 8-7 in the tournament f...

Comments

Read More

Wahluke School District board adopts new math curriculum

June 18, 2019 at 8:51 pm | The Royal Register MATTAWA — The Wahluke School District board adopted a new math curriculum during a regular meeting on June 11. The new curriculum will standardize the math being taught to all kindergartners thro...

Comments

Read More

Francisca Montemayor

June 18, 2019 at 8:51 pm | Columbia Basin Herald March 15, 1933 – June 12, 2019 Francisca Montemayor, 86, a longtime resident of Othello, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at The Village Adult Home Care in Othello, Washington. Francisca was bor...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

509-765-4561
705 E. Hemlock (downstairs)
Othello, WA 99344

©2019 Sun Tribune Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X