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Marcus Dufour Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer



Marcus Dufour (Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership)
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Vicksburg, Mississippi – (March 16, 2021) – Marcus Dufour, Senior Project Manager for the Warren County Port Commission 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.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) administered the CEcD Exam on March 6, 2021, and candidates received their results on March 12, 2021. With over 5 years of economic development experience, Marcus has assisted with locating and expanding businesses to create over 800 jobs and invest over $140,000,000 in Vicksburg and Warren County.

Pablo Diaz, President & CEO of the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership stated, “As an organization we are proud that Marcus has earned this important certification and thankful that he chose to make a difference in our State by joining our team. This is a big achievement for any developer and a reflection of Marcus’ professionalism, dedication, proactive nature, and true passion for economic development.”

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive examination, which has three parts and spans two days. The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in key areas of economic development including business retention & expansion, finance & credit analysis, marketing and attraction, director foreign investment, workforce development and entrepreneurial and small business development among others.


As highly competent economic development professionals, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in the economic development profession improves the wellbeing, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. There are currently over 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.

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