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Staff Spotlight: Congratulations, Danielle King

April 2022

Danielle King, Director of Business and Workforce Development for TDC NNY 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.  

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. The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the following key areas of economic development:  

  • Business retention and expansion
  • Finance & credit analysis
  • Marketing and attraction
  • Strategic planning
  • Entrepreneurial & small business development  
  • Managing economic development organizations
  • Neighborhood development strategies
  • Real estate development & reuse technology-led economic development
  • Workforce development strategies
  • Foreign direct investment & exporting

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 wellbeing, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses, and communities. There are currently over 1,100 active CEcDs in the United States.

TDC President/CEO David Champagne said,

“The organization is proud of Dani’s accomplishment and efforts to attain this designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council.  This certification puts Dani into a select group of professionals whose education and skills help drive the region forward in economic development. She is an asset to the region and a great example for young adults within the region.”

January 2022

I am pleased to announce the promotion of Mrs. Danielle (Dani) King to the position of Director of Business and Workforce Development. Dani joined TDC in June 2019 as the Manager of Business Development in which she was responsible for working with new and existing tenants, overseeing lead generation programs, expanding TDC marketing platforms, and initiating a workforce development program. Throughout her time at TDC, Dani’s efforts have helped the organization maintain an occupancy of 95% or greater, complete a rebranding program, revitalize our marketing efforts by expanding our digital footprint, and kick off educational programs which support students and tenant employees. — David F. Champagne III, President

In Dani’s new role she will continue to oversee all aspects of Business Development while building upon her success in workforce development. The needs are great with many opportunities to improve the programs in place. Dani will be charged with expanding the current programs, finding ways to further engage local students, providing opportunities for our tenant employees, and working with local agencies to identify the employees of the future.

Prior to Dani’s employment at TDC she was the Director of NAmTrans at the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Dani holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from SUNY Plattsburgh, and a Master of Arts degree in Community and Economic Development from SUNY Empire State College.

Based on Dani’s track record, I am confident she will be successful in her expanded role. — David F. Champagne III, President and CEO, TDC

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