PLATTSBURGH — Melissa McManus, principal of Melissa McManus LLC, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.
Melissa McManus LLC assists North Country communities in economic and community development strategic planning, funding acquisition and project implementation.
The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on March 22 and 23 in Alexandria at the Westin Alexandria. 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 three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, tech-led economic development and management.
As highly competent economic development practitioners, 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 profession improves the well being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.
There are currently 1,046 active CEcDs in the United States.
SCHROON LAKE — The Schroon Lake Office of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. will host a luau-themed Community Appreciation Day on Friday.
The event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1080 Main Street will include Hawaiian pizza, giant subs, salads, fruit and a chocolate fountain. Musician Mark Piper will perform songs on the ukulele around noon, and there will also be a visit from the Easter bunny, a scavenger hunt and other games and giveaways.
A basket raffle featuring beach items will raise funds for the Schroon Lake Food Pantry; monetary and canned-good donations for the nonprofit will be accepted throughout the day. In addition, the Schroon Lake Lions Club will be on-site selling chocolate bunnies.