PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

In early 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) developed the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations (“Guidelines”).  Included in these Guidelines were minimum standards for organizational certification which were based upon a foundation of finance-related coursework and also apply to all economic development organizations certified by DCED as either Area Loan Organizations or Industrial Development Corporations.  Beginning approximately January 1, 2010, all of these certified economic development organizations are required to engage in mandatory continuing education that meets the standards developed by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute (the “Institute”) and DCED.   

The central principle guiding DCED’s decision was the importance of having certified economic development organizations become and remain current in the practice of economic development – with a focus on skills relating to loan administration – and demonstrating professional credibility through continued professional development at the organizational level.  The creation of the Institute is the direct result of that principle.  DCED is able to ensure organizational compliance with certification training standards through the Institute’s:

  • Identification and certification of programs that meet professional development standards established by PEDI and by DCED;
  • Development of its own curriculum and training programs that will count toward meeting the annual training requirements of CEDOs; and
  • Monitoring of the professional development of both individuals and organizations in order to ensure compliance with the certification standards

PEDI Advisory Committee

Kim Barnes, Deputy Director, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission
Kenetha Hansen, VP Business Development, York County Economic Alliance (Chair)
James Palmer, President, Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development
Steve Schappe, Director, Business Administration, Penn State University 
Melissa Stone, Director of Business Finance, Capital Region Economic Development Corporation

Calendar of Events

Click here to learn about upcoming professional development opportunities.


Downloadable Documents


DCED Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations (PDF)  

Policies and Procedures (PDF) – This document provides a basic overview of the Institute and its processes.


Professional Development Unit Request Form (PDF) – This document can be used by individuals seeking (a) organizational Professional Development Units ("PDUs") following participation in an approved event and/or (b) individual PDUs toward PEDA’s Economic Development Certified Professional.  This application can also be used in tandem with the Provider and Content Evaluation Form for individuals seeking to have uncertified courses approved for organizational PDUs.  Please submit in hard copy. 


Provider & Content Evaluation Form (PDF) – This document can be used, in tandem with the Professional Development Unit Request Form, by individuals seeking to have uncertified courses approved. Please submit in hard copy.

Board-Approved Courses (PDF) – In addition to those courses that will be developed and offered by the Institute, this list includes courses provided by other organizations which have been approved by the Institute Board.  As additional courses are approved, they will be posted here.  If you have questions about the status of a specific course, please contact Josh Skopp.

Application for Completion of Organizational Certification (PDF) Please submit in hard copy.

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