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Saginaw Future’s Lindsey Zion Certified Economic Development Finance Professional

Lindsey ZionSAGINAW (December 2, 2011) -- Recently Lindsey Zion, economic development assistant for Saginaw Future, received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). 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.

Each of the four EDFP Certification Program courses are five days in length and concludes with an exam. Upon successful completion of all four courses, the candidate is awarded EDFP Certification.

Zion is a recent graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with degrees in International Business and Management. During her senior year Zion was awarded a BIE Grant Global Business Associate internship position where she worked with Saginaw Future on its efforts in attracting solar companies to the region.

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.

Established in 1992, Saginaw Future (SF) is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 16 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SF’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SF has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community.

For more information, please contact Greg LaMarr, Communications Manager for Saginaw Future, at 989-757-2104, e-mail or go to

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