Vice President of Economic Development at the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Lois Ellis is now certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional. The certification came Monday from the National Development Council.
The EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of economic development with instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating, and the creation and implementation of development programs.
The National Development Council was established in 1969 and is a non-profit organization specializing in economic and housing development training and technical assistance for community development. NDC has provided training to over 60,000 professionals working in the fields of economic and housing development. Participants come from diverse backgrounds including city and state governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, professional organizations and banks.
Earlier this year, Ellis also earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council. Ellis leads the economic development team at the Lake Superior Community Partnership and works primarily with regional business expansion, retention and attraction for the central Upper Peninsula.