Date Posted:        09-10-21
Position/Title:
      President
Organization:
     
Emporia Regional Development Assoc. of East Central Kansas

Emporia RDA is looking for a president who aggressively promotes economic growth for the RDA through new and existing growth, expansion and retention. Someone who will proactively prospect and develop new opportunities as well as develop and maintain relationships with existing businesses to understand needs, ensure retention and opportunities for expansion as they may arise.

Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Five (5) years experience in a related field, economic development preferred.
  • Industrial and/or commercial development experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred.

Compensation

Salary: $115,000-$130,000; plus, competitive benefits

For full job profile visit www.thenextmovegroup.com/emporia 

Submit resumes electronically to emporia@thenextmovegroup.com. Call Brittany McCoy, 504-615-7174 with any questions.



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Date Posted:        09-09-21
Position/Title:
      Director of Community Development
Organization:
     
City of Oakdale, MN

Oakdale, MN (pop. 28,315) seeks progressive, professional and highly collaborative candidates for its next Director of Community Development. The Director of Community Development oversees long range planning, economic development, environmental planning and neighborhood and housing services. The city is also incorporating building inspections, code enforcement and permitting into the department. The next Community Development Director will have the opportunity to build a collaborative team that supports the city’s mission and vision.

Conveniently located along I-94 and I-694, the City of Oakdale is a vibrant and growing suburban community within in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area. Located minutes from downtown St. Paul in Washington County, Oakdale prides itself on its neighborhoods and community parks.

Oakdale expects significant residential and commercial growth projected to increase the population by 20% over the next five years. The development includes over 1,400 housing units for the Willowbrooke development, a 208-acre site near the center of the city. The city will benefit from the Gateway Corridor Goldline Bus Rapid Transit system, a $420 million, nine-mile dedicated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line that will connect St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury along Interstate 94. Transit Oriented Development is planned for the Helmo station included 118,000 square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail and services, as well as a 150-space park and ride and over 700 housing units.

Oakdale’s easy access to major interstates makes for an attractive and diverse business climate. The city is home to upscale business centers and industrial parks that support health care, manufacturing, technology and finance and the corporate headquarters for Slumberland and Park Tool World. The city has a strong mix of retail, residential and commercial development.


CANDIDATE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Candidate requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, urban studies, community development or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Five years of supervisory or leadership experience.
  • Strong finance and budgeting skills. Including familiarity with public financing tools.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A pro-active communicative, team-oriented, and approachable management style.


The ideal candidate will be:

  • A team player capable of advocating for department needs, but also understanding of the need to support the mission and team of the whole organization.
  • An inclusive manager willing to consider ideas and input from a variety of stakeholders.
  • A skilled project manager able to oversee complex initiatives and ensure project completion.
  • Able to build and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with diverse stakeholders and build consensus.
  • Committed to customer service and community engagement, highly responsive and responsible to community concerns, needs and inquiries.
  • A willing and skilled mentor able to develop the team.
  • Knowledgeable in land use planning, zoning, permitting and inspections.
  • Experienced and skilled in economic development with a demonstrated understanding of financing tools and options.


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The 2021 salary range is $116,072 to $144,206 DOQ. The city is also conducting a comprehensive class and compensation study. The City of Oakdale offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should apply online by October 8,, 2021, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references at www.GovHRJobs.com to the attention of Charlene Stevens, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 224-282-8314. Interviews with the City of Oakdale are anticipated in early November. The City of Oakdale, MN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Date Posted:        08-09-21
Position/Title:
      Executive Director
Organization:
     
Carroll Area Development Corporation & Carroll Chamber of Commerce, Iowa

The Executive Director shall be the chief operating officer and is responsible for the general management and coordination of all organizational activities of the Chamber of Commerce and Development Corporation. The Executive Director will be responsible for managing a staff of 3.

Requirements

  • 4-year degree or relevant experience in discipline related to the success of the Chamber & CADC.
  • Five (5) years' experience in a related field
  • CEcD Certification preferred.

Compensation:  Executive Level: plus benefits package

Full Job Description:  https://www.thenextmovegroup.com/ccia

Submit resumes electronically to ccia@thenextmovegroup.com.  Call Brittany McCoy, 504-615-7174


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Date Posted:        06-29-21
Position/Title:
      Economic Development Manager

Organization:
      Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC)

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) is seeking a visionary and thought leader, solution-oriented, and results-driven person with a passion for public service as it new Economic Development Manager to join our team.

Michigan City IN is tucked on the southern tip of Lake Michigan and home to thenation’s newest national park, Indiana Dunes National Park, Michigan City continues to forge forward in creating jobs and capital investments while enhancing its small-town appeal through quality of life projects. Enjoying close proximity to Chicago 60 miles NW via train or car, the community has seen over $1.5 billion in capital investment in the past 10 years. That trend will continue with the $420 million Double Track project that will shorten the transit time to Downtown Chicago from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. Several multi-million mixed-use projects are under negotiation in the downtown and industrial activity remain robust. This position initial focus will be on workforce housing development and building the workforce pipeline to maintain our economic growth.


Examples of Duties

The Economic Development Manager will work with the housing consultant and City Staff to evaluate requests for and manage the investment of City funds to create or preserve workforce housing. The Economic Development Manager will work collaboratively with developers to facilitate all phases of the housing development process. The Economic Development Manager will identify and evaluate opportunities to create new affordable and supportive housing targeted to the City’s low- and moderate-income and unhoused residents. The Economic Development Manager will work collaboratively with other City staff, non-profit and private housing developers, other housing advocates and service providers, neighborhood groups and residents.

The Economic Development Manager works closely with the Executive Director and plans, organizes and implements economic and workforce development functions from conception to conclusion: including but not limited to business attraction, business retention, Business research planning; Performs variety of administrative, professional and technical processes. Implements economic and workforce development strategic goals and objectives for the EDMC and interfaces and coordinates with development community, local businesses, city departments to advance the EDCMC's overall strategic plan.


Essential Functions

  • Assist Executive Direct in managing responsibilities for all services and activities for the economic development agency including but not limited to attracting increased capital investments, expanding and diversifying of agency’s portfolio; Establishes and maintains strategic private and public partnership for positive long and short term economic goals; Implements EDCMC/Michigan City's strategic economic development goals to include:
  • Coordination and Management of Urban Enterprise Association
  • Promotes a coordinated business expansion and retention campaign; Assists with planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating marketing activities and celebrating business milestones;
  • Coordinates and monitors real estate activities with contractors, property owners, and other interested groups; Solicits potential development to the City; Generates and nurtures professional working relationships with private developers, realtors, business leaders, banking and financial leaders, professional economic development and trade associations, state and local government leaders, economic development professionals and other community leaders.
  • Manages and/or assists in the grant application process for potential funding sources for economic development projects; Works with City departments to review proposed ordinances and codes that related to economic development.
  • Analyzes economic and workforce cases relative to business attraction and expansion; Reviews and implements modern techniques for business attraction and retention; Negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; Monitors program performance and provides reports to the Executive Director.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of economic and workforce development strategies through attraction, expansion, retention, and various techniques.
  • Represents the agency at appropriate civic, cultural, charitable, business and community activities as well as serves on boards, commissions, committees and organizations related to the areas that are critical to the City's goals and interest; Assist in preparing the agency public presentations and other reports.


Qualifications

  • Ability to learn quickly and work with existing inventory of economic development and workforce cases while leveraging state and local business resources.
  • A strong communicator; Strategic Relationship builder.
  • Strong background in leadership, management, budget oversight and supervisory and Project Management experience,
  • Must have demonstrated experience of successfully completing time-sensitive and/or high profile projects through collaboration, consensus and creativity and maintain confidentiality.
  • Agoal-oriented thinker with the ability to set clear priorities among multiple tasks and stay focus on project benchmarks and deadlines.
  • Ability to anticipate reaction from the public, elected officials, business community, governmental agencies; manage various situations and act accordingly.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment, Microsoft Office 365, Cloud Nine, Adobe, social media and other software packages;
  • Strong self-starting and multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Knowledge ofeconomic, community and workforce development issues, capital improvements programming, applicable regulations and regulatory devices, associated data sources.


Education and Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Marketing or Business field; Some experience in planning, economic and workforce development, business or related field would be an asset or a combination of experience and training. Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience managing projects and people in a public, private or a nonprofit agency; Direct experience developing close working relationships with governmental groups at thelocal, state and federal level, strategic stakeholders including but not limited to: elected officials, board of directors, other businesses and community support organizations would be an asset.

 

job type:  full-time

We offer extremely competitive benefits including for professional development, as well as a full suite of healthcare benefits, generous paid time-off, flexible work hours and more. Monday thru Friday – some night and weekends – must have ability to travel. Benefits:
  • 401(k)
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Health Spending Account
  • Life Insurance

 

Please send cover letter, resume to Economic Development Corporation Michigan City with email to: lfranco@edcmc.com. Please add to headline Attention Clarence Hulse –Economic Development Manager. Strictly no phone calls. Position will be open till filled with rolling interviews.


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Date Posted:        06-10-21
Position/Title:
      President

Organization:
      Rockford Area Economic Development Council

Rockford Economic Development Council, under the umbrella of the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership, is seeking a President to drive the economic interest of this exciting partnership.

The Greater Rockford Growth Partnership is on the leading edge of what has quickly become a national best practice – combining the efforts of the community chamber and the economic development organization.  The partnership is dedicated to providing private sector leadership to grow the economy and improve the quality of life in Winnebago County-Rockford Region.  Together with its partners, the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, and future partners will focus on creating a more competitive business climate and marketing the Greater Rockford region for investment and job creation.

Rockford Area Economic Development Council markets the region to attract new capital investment, while assisting existing business with resources for sustainable growth.  It works with partners to improve the competitiveness of the region in the daily work of economic development and serves as the area's data collection agency on capital investment, new and retained jobs, and new or renovated space.  Rockfordil.com

Rockford Chamber of Commerce delivers benefit to the community by leading in the promotion of economic growth, advocating for the interests of business and providing service and educational opportunities that help its members grow.  Rockfordchamber.com

This is your chance to lead the economic development effort to increase and sustain prosperity for Winnebago County-Rockford Region. 

You will be successful by:

  • Building on your proven TRACK RECORD of success in Economic Development to evolve and grow a strong pro-business climate.
  • Utilizing your skill in DEVELOPING and DRIVING STRATEGY to identify growth opportunities.
  • Developing STRONG COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS to build bridges across the region and remove barriers to success.
  • Committing to an unwavering INTEGRITY, ETHICAL PRACTICE and skilled DIPLOMACY to position the Rockford Economic Development Council as a trusted growth partner to investors and all stakeholders.


POSITION SCOPE:

The President, Economic Development has the lead economic development responsibility and leads the Economic Development Partner component of an umbrella partnership organization that hosts the non-profit Rockford Chamber of Commerce and Rockford Area Economic Development Council (Chamber & RAEDC) located in Winnebago County. The host organization is the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership. This position is responsible for the management of prospect activity including recruitment and expansion of new and existing primary employers for the region. The President, Economic Development actively engages with site selectors, company executives, business owners, brokers and public officials to encourage companies to locate or expand in the region.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

The major responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  •  Leads in the development, maintaining, and executing the roadmap and strategy for regional economic development.
  • Serve as the point person for GRGP/RAEDC for the region. Is the leader in facilitating and coordinating the economic development strategies with similar regional organizations and municipalities.
  • Actively participate in the Chamber & RAEDC’s targeted marketing and recruitment initiatives to attract new primary employers to the region including advancement of the team goals and objectives identified in the strategic plan.
  • Interface with the Illinois Department of Economic Development Opportunity (DCEO) and Intersect Illinois on attraction prospects, core target industry initiatives, and programs.
  • Proactively engage with national site selection consultants through conferences, visits, meetings, familiarization tours, etc.
  • Manage prospect inquiries and projects from initiation to completion including extensive documentation of activity and data management.
  • Design and prepare business proposals and responses to prospect inquiries, Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals.
  • Coordinate and host prospect visits including all preparations through the execution of the visit.
  • Provide incentive analysis and follow up on coordination of incentives with local and state agencies on behalf of the prospect.
  • Provide regular reports to the GRGP CEO for presentation to the Board and other stakeholder groups on attraction and related program activities.
  • Participate in targeted prospecting trips, trade shows and headquarter visits as part of outbound marketing recruitment and business retention efforts.
  • Work with local businesses in the retention and expansion services. Serve as both technical advisor and advocate with local communities

 

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Lead and Manage an economic development team focused exclusively on business attraction, expansion, and retention.
  • Serves as the sales leader for economic development in the region, including team development, coaching, and execution of strategies.
  • Maintain an in-depth working knowledge of local and state incentive programs.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of the local commercial real estate market.
  • Manage prospect referral opportunities with Chamber & RAEDC members.
  • Maintain an active awareness and knowledge of community issues and engage in community boards and activities that advance and/or affect the business climate.
  • Represent the Chamber & RAEDC, its mission, and activities to members, elected officials, community leaders, business leaders and the public to include formal presentations. Maintain and nurture relationships with Chamber & RAEDC members and partner organizations.
  • Assist other Chamber & RAEDC divisions as necessary in support of the organization’s mission to include encouragement of membership and investment in the organization.
  • Participate in community events to represent or promote the Chamber & RAEDC, the business community, and/or the community at-large.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • High level of professionalism to interact with C-level executives, company representatives, elected officials, peers and the public. The successful candidate will have demonstrated high level integrity and transparency.
  • Maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and judgment in dealing with sensitive and confidential information, as well as possess the ability to perform well under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Highly motivated self-starter that possesses strong organizational, analytical and time management skills to be able to handle multiple projects and priorities, anticipate the needs of prospects and exhibits good follow-through skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as exhibits a strong attention to detail, high level customer service, problem solving, and project management abilities.
  • Strong presentation skills and a thorough knowledge and understanding of economic development practices and principles.
  • Excellent understanding of the needs of business and deal making skills to discern prospect needs and make appropriate decisions regarding information submitted, key introductions to be made, etc.
  • Work exceptionally well independently and in a team environment and possess the ability to self-direct duties with minimal supervision.
  • Display a positive attitude and be amicable, even tempered, cheerful and upbeat with community members, prospects, and co-workers.
  • Proficient computer experience with Microsoft Office suite programs, Salesforce, CRM tools and other applications and/or software programs.
  • Knowledge of Winnebago County and the surrounding region preferred

 

EDUCATION OR FORMAL TRAINING

Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, marketing or a related field is preferred. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered.

EXPERIENCE

A minimum of five years’ experience in economic development is required. Consideration may be given for a proven track record in the attraction, retention and expansion of jobs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

 

ABOUT OUR REGION:

The Rockford Region is a community focused on the quality of life for both its residents and its companies.  Striving to be a Top 25 community, the region is competitive with the best in the US and throughout the world.

Uniquely situated between the metropolitan communities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, the Rock River Valley is the best of both worlds—a thriving “big, small-town community,” and also within easy driving distance of the attractions one might find in much larger cities.

The Rockford region is a place that’s affordable, convenient and brimming with potential.  Opportunities abound, and there’s always an open seat at the table for anyone who steps forward to become an integral part of the Rockford community.

Home ownership is attainable, short commute times are enviable, and diverse entertainment options range from food to beer to arts and culture make building a life in Rockford an easy choice.

We are well known for innovative roots, the Rockford region’s economic future is bright thanks in part to the nation’s sixth-highest concentration of aerospace production employment, as well as thriving advanced manufacturing and healthcare industries.  Educational partnerships ensure that hard-working, skilled talent is ready to fill the labor pool.

Residents in Rockford are ambitious and driven by values. There’s a willingness and desire to collaborate to solve problems, deal with the tough stuff as it arises, and have the conversations necessary to move the needle.

Business Development | Rockford Region | Rockford Area Economic Development Council - Rockford, Illinois, USA - Rockford Area Economic Development Council (rockfordil.com)

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and career narrative to:

Cheryl Church
Workplace Search Group
Cheryl@workplacesearch.com


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Date Posted:        06-02-21
Position/Title:
      Director, Business Investment

Organization:
      Greater MSP Partnership

GREATER MSP PARTNERSHIP

The GREATER MSP Partnership is a cross-sector partnership of over 300 of the region’s leading businesses, universities, cities, counties, foundations and community organizations. The partnership is supported by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. GREATER MSP provides leadership to grow the economy of the 15-county Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and to create inclusive economic opportunity for all residents of the region. Together, we shape and deliver an economic development strategy that prioritizes capital investment, racial equity and inclusion, job growth, and talent attraction and retention.  GREATER MSP executes on its goals by collaborating with leaders from our partner organizations on a portfolio of accelerating strategic initiatives—including Make It. MSP., Forge North, ConnextMSP, MBOLD, and the Regional Air Services Partnership. Our work is informed and supported by a robust research and intelligence center. Together, we are better!

POSITION OBJECTIVE

The Director will serve in a highly dynamic and growing economic development program for GREATER MSP business attraction, expansion and retention strategies. This position will work closely with the Senior Vice President of Business Investment in addition to internal/external stakeholders, and other partner organizations. This role executes and manages all business and investment attraction activities as they relate to prospecting, lead generation and follow up, as well as marketing of the GREATER MSP area alongside the organization’s BI team. As a primary point of contact for all attraction and investment related leads and projects, this role is vital from prospecting to project completion, including but not limited to, preparing of proposals. The Director is expected to maintain internal databases for detailed tracking and reporting of outcomes on the full portfolio of attraction and investment activities, prospecting and lead generation.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage and direct the development of leads, proposals and site visits locally and globally
  • Work with the SVP, Business Investment to develop a strategic plan for the Business Investment department to tell the Regional story locally and globally in order to continue to attract and retain companies in the Region
  • Build local partnerships to provide appropriate and timely attraction, expansion and retention best practices information
  • Organize and conduct visits for corporations having facilities in Greater MSP and headquartered in other cities
  • Support the business investment and job creation goals of the GREATER MSP partnership by identifying and assisting companies expanding in and into the region
  • Promote and market the region through trade shows, conferences, market visits, and other assignments as deemed appropriate
  • Coordinate RFI/RFP responses
  • Conduct out of state marketing visits to develop relationships with companies, corporate leaders, real estate brokers and site selectors
  • Enhance stakeholder relationships
  • Assist companies and communities with incentive options and applicable business resources
  • Provide technical assistance and support to local partners, stakeholders, and companies as requested
  • Potential to have direct report(s)
  • Contribute to the efficiency of GREATER MSP by performing other duties and participating in special projects, as assigned
  • Work in partnership with the other leaders of strategic initiatives to increase job growth and investment opportunities


QUALIFICATIONS

Experience:

  • 5 years of economic development experience
  • Preference will be given to those with demonstrated sales, marketing or real estate experience

Education:

  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, real estate, marketing, communications or related field
  • Currently possess or interest in pursuing a CEcD

Required Skills:

  • Familiarity with economic and community development issues, site selection, real estate and project management
  • Excellent communication, planning, problem-solving and project management skills required
  • An interest in and aptitude for international and domestic travel (NOTE: Covid related restrictions will be followed per CDC and MN State guidelines)
  • Candidate must be proficient in MS Office suite
  • Project management database experience is desired with prior Salesforce usage preferred

This description covers the primary purpose and principle duties of the job.  It is not intended to give all details or a step-by-step account of the way each procedure or task is performed.


CULTURAL COMPETENCIES & COMMITMENT

  • Ability to be proactive & take initiative
  • Consistently provides quality results
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency
  • Demonstrated success working in teams
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Exhibits high integrity
  • Hardworking, humble approach to work
  • Highly motivated by challenges
  • Positive approach to problem solving
  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Reliable with a ready-to-help disposition
  • Responsible work ethic
  • Value and vision driven
  • Well organized habits

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND THE WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Physical Demands:

  • Have the ability to lift/move <30 lbs. 
  • Have the ability to stand and sit for extended periods of time
  • Have the ability to use a computer and converse on the telephone for extended periods of time
  • Have the ability to get to and from meeting sites

Work Environment:

  • The noise level is typical for an office environment
  • The office environment is temperature controlled

Travel Requirements:

  • Have access to a reliable vehicle to commute to and from meetings often within 40 miles of the office.
  • There may be national and international travel required to events and conferences as needed.

Health & Safety:

  • GREATER MSP is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace in accordance with the CDC and Minnesota State health advisory guidelines. Please contact Human Resources at (651) 287-1300 for policies and protocols.

 

NOTE

  • A background check is required prior to the first day of employment.  A background check may consist of, but not limited to, a criminal history check, employment reference check, social security and address verification, drug tests and an education verification.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, disability, sex, age, ethnic or national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, pregnancy, genetics, veteran status or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

By completing this application, you are seeking to join a team of hardworking professionals dedicated to consistently delivering outstanding service to our customers and contributing to the financial success of the organization, its clients, and its employees. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all qualified persons. Those applicants requiring accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should contact a management representative.

GREAT MISSION. GREAT PEOPLE.

GREATER MSP connects top talent with engaging career opportunities by offering a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefit package.


TO APPLY:         

Please submit a cover letter and resume at www.greatermsp.org

Send Referrals to: humanresources@greatermsp.org

 

GREATER MSP Partnership is an Equal Opportunity, ‘At Will’ Employer that maintains a drug free workplace and complies with ADA regulations as applicable. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. Together we are greater.




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Date Posted:        04-22-21
Position/Title:
      President and CEO

Organization:
      Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

Description
The President/CEO will be the primary leader with support from the Board managing daily operation of the organization, hires and supervises staff, and carries out short term objectives to advance the board’s long-term strategic plan; follows operating procedures in compliance with local, state and federal laws, and policies set by the board and manages the budget. Will serve on/participate with local, regional and statewide organizations in support of economic and community development. The President/CEO will be the primary spokesperson and lead the organizations efforts in all aspects, including planning, marketing, board management, project management, community/partner relations, business retention/expansion and will coordinate financial assistance opportunities for new, expanding and startup businesses.


Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities
Work directly with new, existing and start-up businesses to provide strategic assistance as they evaluate growth and expansion opportunities within the Iowa Lakes Corridor region. These contacts include business management, president or corporate leaders, global site selectors, mayors, city council, county boards and city/county officials, local, regional and state economic development professionals.

Collaborate with public and private partners throughout the region to focus on workforce development, recruitment and retention strategies, specifically addressing the need for adequate housing, business-education partnerships, and infrastructure development.

Provide strong leadership, both internally and externally to effectively manage and drive action on issues impacting the organization’s reputation, image and member satisfaction. Provide quality work environment and leadership for Corridor staff through open communication on Corridor goals and expectations.

Direct the planning, development, implementation, and administration of the organization’s efforts to support the economic development groups and communities in the region.

Provide expertise on business and community development to business and community partners regarding how decisions might impact communities, the region and new/existing business.

Manage the organization budget in accordance with established budget targets and provide cost-benefit reports to investors.

Assist business and public sector partners in the site selection/expansion process, understanding of project finance packaging, skilled in state and local economic development resources and programs.

The President/CEO needs to be visible and responsive to the needs of business, communities and elected officials in the Lakes Corridor region.

Establish and maintain public and private investment support for the Lakes Corridor.

Work with Board to annually update plan of work, develop Board meeting agendas and travel, as needed, both within region, the state and outside the state on behalf of the Lakes Corridor.


Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, public administration, economic development, marketing, community planning, engineering or a related field or certification in economic development or equivalent work experience. Typically, eight years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a bachelor's degree.

Demonstrated leadership, knowledge and experience in non-profit management of chamber of commerce or economic development and their respective programs is a plus. At least five years of related experience in economic/community development is preferred. Proven leadership in a regional (multi county/city) partnership organization(s) with strong knowledge of the leadership skills needed to drive success.

Graduate of an accredited economic development program or Chamber Institute preferred. CEcD (Certified Economic Developer) designation a plus.

Proven track record of working and winning new business locations and assisting existing businesses.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Effective interpersonal skills and influencing abilities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Job Type: Full Time

Location: Spencer, Iowa, covering four counties. (Clay, Dickinson, Buena Vista, and Emmet Counties) 

Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience; Benefits include medical, dental, 401k match, paid holidays and sick time.

 

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter, resume with references to Clark Smith by email only, csmith@smartsolutionsgroup.net,  Please feel free to call 515-314-9755 or email Clark with any questions.  Smart Solutions Group is a full-service economic development consulting firm.  We are completing the search for this position.

 


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Date Posted:        04-05-21
Position/Title:
      Research Specialist

Organization:
      Ady Advantage

If you have a passion for research and strategy, and are looking for more opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills a few hours a week, please contact us.

Ady Advantage, a nationally known Economic Development Consulting and Marketing Agency, is looking for a part-time Research Specialist to help us serve clients around the country. You’ll conduct and analyze research in economic development areas of focus such as target industries, labor, program efficacy, etc. Develop high-quality research reports and presentations. Create research-related information/materials for client marketing efforts and research efficacy of marketing initiatives.

You’ll need to research experience, as well as analytical, project management and client relations skills.

This position will be virtual. If you’re looking to add a few hours of work to your week, send an email with your resume to Ashley Scray, Director, Client Services at ascray@adyadvantage.com.


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Date Posted:        03-17-21
Position/Title:
      A
ssistant Vice President, Commercial Lender - Economic Development Division
Organization:
      Northwest Bank & Trust - Nebraska and Minnesota

Northwest Bank & Trust, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lender – Economic Development Division – Two positions, one in the state of Nebraska and the other in Minnesota. As a Commercial Lender, you will be responsible for building relationships with municipalities, economic development practitioners, and consultants across the state of Nebraska or Minnesota to facilitate incentive financing. Compensation range is $65,000-$90,000 and includes base plus incentive pay. 1 - 2 years of experience in the public finance sector or working with government agencies. Preference given for experience working with tax increment financing

To apply, nominate or request a job profile e-mail Charlie Webb at Nebraska - NorthwestBank-NE@jci-inc.net or Minnesota NorthwestBank-MN@jci-inc.net


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