City of Menifee logoThe City of Menifee is excited to announce that Economic Development Director Gina Gonzalez has been recognized as a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Menifee is now the only city in Southwest Riverside County to have a Certified Economic Developer on its staff leading city economic development efforts and strategies. 

Menifee Economic Development Director Gina Gonzalez

The Certified Economic Developer is the most prestigious designation for the economic development profession in the world and is extremely difficult to achieve. Certification recipients must have at least four years of consecutive full-time economic development-related work experience within the past six years and must also take several rigorous professional development courses in varying economic development concentrations to test the skill and proficiency of each candidate. The final step is a challenging three-part exam that tests against several disciplines including business retention, credit analysis, finance and real estate development and reuse.  

“Gina has a proven track record of encouraging quality businesses and projects to come to our community and this achievement further exemplifies her expertise in economic development for our City and region,” said City Manager Armando G. Villa. “From new restaurants and retail to new  hotels, corporate headquarters and booming industrial development, Gina and her nationally recognized economic development team, along with Menifee’s award-winning development team, continue to have great success with new business attraction efforts.”  

In addition to being a Certified Economic Developer through the IEDC, Gonzalez has also been  recognized as one of only 150 Accredited California Economic Developers (ACE) in California through the California Association for Local Economic Development.  

“Earning these accreditations is extremely important for cities as they help to ensure that they remain current on emerging trends, tools and resources in the economic development industry, while also developing an integral economic development network and enhancing the performance and knowledge in economic development,” said Gonzalez. “I truly value the opportunity to work  with our City leadership and local business community to continue growing our robust and thriving  economy.”  

For more information about the City of Menifee Economic Development Department or to learn more about resources available to Menifee businesses, please visit or email