LISBON-On March 10, Martina Grimm of the Columbiana County Community Action Agency Inc. 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. 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.
Grimm has worked for CAA for 13 years and currently serves as the community service assistant director. She is a graduate of Kent State University and has also completed NDC Certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional. In addition to these accomplishments, Grimm is a certified credit counselor through the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors, a Certified Homebuyer Education Counselor and Housing Counselor through NeighborWorks America, and received certification as a Small Business NxLevel Trainer. She resides in Lisbon with her husband, Donald and two children. CAA is a HUD Certified Housing Counseling agency that has provided services to Columbiana County for over 45 years.