Provided by City of Manassas
Patrick J. Small, Director of Economic Development for the City of Manassas has been awarded recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective July 1, 2016. Small first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2001. CEcD recertification, required every three years for Economic Development professionals to maintain their certification, was awarded to Small who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. With 21 years of economic development experience, Small’s prior service before becoming Director of Economic Development for the City of Manassas included Economic Development Director for Portsmouth, VA; Isle of Wight County, VA; Lancaster County VA and as Executive Director of the Taylor County Development Authority in Perry, FL.
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. Small 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, he 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.