Tullahoma’s Robinson Awarded National Recertification in Economic Development
Tullahoma, TN, April 27 1, 2020 – C. Thomas Robinson, CEcD, executive director of the Tullahoma (TN) Area Economic Development Corporation (TAEDC), has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Robinson first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 1993. CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Robinson who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. Robinson has served as director of the Tullahoma organization since August of 2013.
Dr. Lynn Sebourn, chairman of the Board of Directors for the TAEDC, congratulated Robinson for his achievement.
“Thom has been an important part of our organization for nearly eight years now, and during that time has been an integral part of the successes we have shared,” stated Sebourn. “We are proud of the fact that he has continued to grow in his professionalism and experience by maintaining this certification, and by continuing his professional education has added value to our organization,” he concluded.
With 38 years of economic development experience, Robinson has been part of a number of career accomplishments, including directing a recognized program locally in Retail Development, and by working with local developers and officials, has helped to attract such new locations as Publix, Starbucks, Aldi, and Kay Jewelers.
He also worked with his TAEDC Board and state and regional officials to gain state certification of the Tullahoma Airport’s Business Park as a Select Tennessee-designated prepared location, and to secure a grant for a $ 400,000 project two years ago to improve the marketability of the park.
In prior locations, Robinson worked with his associates to bring many jobs and investments to the communities he served, including 5,400 jobs and $1.16 Billion of capital investment over 12 years in Morristown, Tennessee.
In the 1990s, Robinson was part of his Chamber team in Lake Charles, Louisiana, that helped develop more than thirty-five major projects resulting in $3.4 billion in capital investment and 8,700 new jobs to the service area. In 1992, the organization he led was selected as one of the nation’s top ten economic development organizations by Site Selection Magazine, and was selected as a runner-up for the honor in 1993, and again in 1995.
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. Robinson 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, Robinson and over 1,000 other Certified Economic Developers nation-wide 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 in the communities they serve. There are currently only 22 active development practitioners in Tennessee that hold the CEcD designation.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 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, 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. When they succeed, members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more about IEDC: www.iedconline.org