Crystal Jones, director of Southeast Missouri State University’s Economic and Business Engagement Center, was recently awarded the Community Development Council’s certification of Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED).
The PCED is available to professional community developers who are engaged in a purposeful effort to enlist individuals in the community to collaboratively work to shape and guide the development and economic prosperity of their community making full use of local and external resources.
To receive this designation, Jones earned points from experience and education, and passed a rigorous exam. She is one of less than 200 individuals that currently hold the PCED designation.
Jones directs initiatives for Southeast’s Economic and Business Engagement Center that advances economic and workforce development. Her duties include collaboration with local, regional, state and federal stakeholders to stimulate economic growth in southeast Missouri through entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, and workforce education.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast and a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University. She is a 2012 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute and completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education program.
The Community Development Council, Inc. was organized in 1995 as a 501 (c) (6) corporation. Support for the Council’s activities comes from private and public sector sponsors and from fees generated by certification and accreditation services. The organization strives to increase the professional credentials and recognition of those employed as community developers. The Council is not a membership organization. Its purpose is to establish professional standards through certification and training that will be recognized as valuable to both the community development practitioner and those who employ their services. The Council maintains a registry of Professional Community and Economic Developers in good standing.