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HICKORY, NC – Nathan Huret, Director of Existing Industry Services for the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), 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. 

Nathan Huret, Director of Existing Industry Services

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) administered the first ever Virtual CEcD Exam on October 3, 2020, and notified candidates of their results on October 9, 2020.

With 12 years of economic development experience in Catawba County, Mr. Huret has spearheaded such projects as Lee Industries, Minelli USA, Prysmian Group, Star Snax and Sutter Street Manufacturing. He also has been instrumental in developing the Catawba County EDC’s talent retention and attraction efforts, including co-creating and managing HKY4Vets (, an award-winning effort connecting area employers to transitioning veteran and military spouse talent. Mr. Huret holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Studies from Elon University and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University. 

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, testing a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, real estate, strategic planning and management.

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.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Find IEDC online at

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Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
Scott Millar


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