TCED Graduates Receive TCEcD Designations

The TCED Program graduated six new Tennessee Certified Economic Developers via Zoom on September 16.  The TCED candidates successfully delivered their Capstone Project presentations and were awarded the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCEcD) designation to a virtual audience filled with mentors, TCED Advisory Board members and TCED staff.  CIS Executive Director Dr. Paul Jennings made opening remarks commending the Class of 2020 for their perseverance and resiliency in pursuing certification during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Capstone Project represents the final step of certification after completion of 92 hours of coursework and gives participants the opportunity to apply knowledge gained through instruction by addressing a substantial economic development challenge or opportunity in their communities.  This was the 12th graduating class since the program inception.  Including the six new graduates, there are now 73 Tennessee Certified Economic Developers.



Title and Organization

Project Name


Thomas Broeker

Economic Development Specialist

City of LaVergne

The Marketing, Development, and Revitalization of La Vergne, TN in an Evolving Growing, and Competitive Market

Kayce Williams

Brandon Chadwick


Chadwick Advisors

The Economic Impact of Low Earth Orbit Satellite Broadband Technology on Mountain Communities

April Eads

Dana Ferguson

Business Development Consultant – Northern Middle,

TN Dept of Community and Economic Development

A Review of the Housing and Rental Market in McMinn County and Its Impact on Economic Development

Greg Lowe

Dawn Michelle Foster

Special Assistant in Reengineering Department,

City of Knoxville

Opportunity Zones:  Establishing Accountability Through Tools and Partnerships to Meet Community Needs

Todd Napier

Kristi Gentry


City of Fayetteville

Taking Initiatives to Brand and Develop the City of Fayetteville

Greg Lowe

Mary Laine Hucks

Director of Economic Development and Marketing

City of Goodlettsville

Overcoming Identity Crisis through Placemaking:  Perks and Pitfalls of Being Nashville’s Neighbor

Mandy Christenson