PLATTSBURGH The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced Susan E. Matton, the chambers vice president of economic development, has been awarded the status of a certified economic developer by the International Economic Development Council. Matton successfully completed the examination process in Atlanta Oct. 20 following three years of coursework and preparation. The chamber has long been proud of Sues leadership and ability as one of the leading economic developers in the region, stated chamber president Garry F. Douglas. Now, we have official confirmation that she is in fact one of the best. Its a very prestigious certification that doesnt come easily, and she has the profound congratulations of all of her colleagues at the chamber. I am honored to have achieved the designation of certified economic developer, Matton said. The knowledge I have gained has been invaluable to me and will help our organization as we work to foster economic growth in our region. I am proud to work with the other economic developers in the region to market our area throughout the world and help businesses already here be successful, she added. Matton has been with the chamber of commerce since 1994, initially overseeing business support programs in response to the closure of Plattsburgh Air Force Base. As vice president of economic development, she is part of the regional chambers executive management team and directly oversees a multi-faceted economic development program. She is responsible for economic development marketing in Canada and elsewhere and the coordination of Red Carpet Days for visiting prospects and investors. Matton also oversees marketing and development activities at Plattsburgh International Airport, oversight and administration of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition, and direction of the chambers workforce development strategies and initiatives, including the North Country Aerospace and Transportation Equipment Task Force. Matton is further credited with overseeing the North Country Industrial Council, including a broad program of support services for manufacturers and major employers in the region; overseeing the chambers small business development services; and playing a key coordinating role in the acquisition earlier this year of the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility in Rouses Point by Akrimax Pharmaceuticals. Among other commitments, Matton is also a member of the Clinton County Empire Zone Administrative Board, the Clinton County Workforce Investment Council, and is chair of the New York State Job Service Employer Committee for the North Country region. In 1999, she served as president of the National Employer Council. In addition to the CEcD designation, she is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Delaware, and is a certified professional in Human Resources. The International Economic Development Council is the largest economic development organization in the world. There are only 1,055 certified economic developers worldwide, and the purpose of the certification program is to recognize high quality work and to professionalize the economic development field.