Chamber's MacMillan Earns Ohio CED Credential

Oct 01, 2020
The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that Shea MacMillan, manager of Business Development, has completed the necessary coursework through the Ohio Economic Development Institute to earn the Ohio Certified Economic Developer (Ohio CED) credential.

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The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is pleased to announce that Shea MacMillan, manager of Business Development, has completed the necessary coursework through the Ohio Economic Development Institute to earn the Ohio Certified Economic Developer (Ohio CED) credential. 

According to the Ohio Economic Development Association, "The Ohio Certified Economic Developer credential is designed to demonstrate the depth and breadth of an individual's knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge to the benefit of their community or organization. The Ohio CED designation also represents the economic development practitioner's commitment to advancing the Ohio economy and elevating the economic development profession."

Over the past two years, MacMillan completed the Basic Economic Development Course, as well as training related to real estate development, site selection and development, finance and incentives and business retention and expansion. This training concluded with a yearlong capstone project, presentation and exam.

MacMillan's capstone project was a deep analysis of the railroad infrastructure in the Valley. The project examined the active lines then sought to develop a comprehensive list of industrial sites, buildings and businesses that have access to the railways. The goal of the project was to produce a resource that helps maintain the local railroad infrastructure and support the businesses that rely on it, as well as generating new rail usage and identifying the necessary upgrades.