Date Posted:            11-26-18
Position/Title:
        Director, Business Investment
Organization:
       Greater MSP

 The Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (GREATER MSP) is a private non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-County Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners from throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets, and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and accelerate job creation in the region. The organization is also promoting a regional talent strategy to attract and retain talented workers.

OBJECTIVE

The position serves as the lead staff for GREATER MSP business investment attraction, expansion and retention strategies.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage and direct the development of leads, proposals and site visits locally and globally.
  • Work with the SVP, Business Investment & Research 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 to 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.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE 

Education: Undergraduate degree in business administration, real estate, marketing, communications or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. CEcD preferred.

Knowledge: Familiarity with economic and community development issues, site selection, real estate and project management.

Experience: 5-10 years of economic development experience. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated sales, marketing or real estate experience. Prior management experience preferred.

Skills: Excellent communication, planning, problem-solving and project management skills required. An interest in and aptitude for international and domestic travel, including overnight travel, is required. Candidate must be proficient in MS Office suite. Project management database experience is desired with prior Sales Force usage preferred.

GREATER MSP offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@greatermsp.org.


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Date Posted:            11-20-18
Position/Title:
        Economic Recovery Coordinator - Contract Position
Organization:
       City of St. Cloud Minnesota

The City of St. Cloud, Minnesota (popl. 67,984) is seeking proposals for full-time professional services of an “Economic Recovery Coordinator” to implement a 2-year economic recovery strategy in conjunction with a grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration.  This strategy includes promotion of local industry and workforce assets, aggressive business retention expansion and recruitment, re-purpose existing industrial infrastructure, and mitigation of unemployment.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) including project description, scope of work and deliverables, project schedule, submission requirements, evaluation criteria and inquiry contacts is available at:  www.ci.stcloud.mn.us/1614/Economic-Recovery-Coordinator---Contract

Initial proposals will be reviewed as early as December 10, 2018 but RFP will remain open until satisfactory candidate is selected.


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Date Posted:            11-08-18
Position/Title:
        Customer Service Account Executive (GateKeeper Representative)
Organization:
       Golden Shovel Agency

Description:

Golden Shovel Agency is seeking to contract with an individual who will provide monthly customer relations. This contract will allow an individual to work independently from a location of their choice and schedule monthly meetings with Golden Shovel clients.

Contracted Services Requested:

  • Schedule monthly calls with clients to review their Golden Shovel services
  • Solicit feedback on the quality of service being offered
  • Introduce Golden Shovel features and services as requested by the client to solve their issues
  • More!

A successful contractor will learn and understand the economic development marketing services offered by Golden Shovel and be able to articulate the appropriate services to the Golden Shovel Clients.

Golden Shovel is seeking a beginning contract of 20-30 hours a month anticipating the contract will grow as contractor demonstrates the ability to effectively manage the client base.

Interested candidates should email resume to Darren Varley (dvarley@goldenshovelagency.com).



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Date Posted:            11-07-18
Position/Title:
        Economic Development Manager
Organization:
       Economic Development Corporation Michigan City

Do you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of others? Did you know you can use your communication, education, training, and background to improve the economic prosperity of a community?

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City is seeking an enthusiastic, hard-working, self-starter for our Economic Development Manager position. This is the opportunity to serve one of the fastest growing communities in Northwest Indiana by attracting new companies, leading the efforts to retain and grow existing companies, and coordinating resources and information for the creation of new small businesses. With one of the most vibrant historic downtowns in Indiana, flourishing commercial developments, and new acreage for two planned industrial parks, the Economic Development Corporation is a fast paced team environment providing a great deal of variety and opportunities. The Economic Development office serves as the primary business resource, marketing and communication entity of a community to the business world.

The ideal candidate is left and right brained. We are looking for that utility player who is results-focused, likes to build relationships, write, design, think analytically, and manage projects, events and information. A typical day could see the Economic Development Manager writing press releases, making social media posts, meeting with businesses regarding real estate or workforce development, responding to Requests for Information and more.

Are we describing you? Are you up for a fun, challenging and exciting career in Economic Development? Position will remain opened until filled; apply by Dec 7th, 2018 for full consideration. Please send cover letter and resume to Executive Director at info@edcmc.com.

Due to the volume of interest expected, we will not be responding to telephone calls nor emails regarding this position. Following this link to read a full job description and apply.

 

For more information on the position, click here.



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Date Posted:            11-06-18
Position/Title:
        Executive Director 
Organization:
       Cuming County Economic Development Board

Duties: Under the direction of the Cuming County Economic Development Board, the Executive Director coordinates all activities, programs and operations in an efficient and effective manner. The Executive Director implements activities focusing on the retention and expansion of existing businesses, assisting in the startup and attracting of new businesses, and creating jobs while preserving the quality of life in Cuming County, Nebraska, and each of its four municipalities.

Qualifications: Prefer experience with budget preparation, public relations, strategic planning, business development, fund raising and knowledge of grant writing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Proficient computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office programs and QuickBooks; excellent listening and communication skills; ability to be bonded; ability to maintain confidentiality; work with and manage volunteers; read and write proficiently; time management skills; public presentation skills. Should also be able to establish and maintain effective working relations with leaders in all the communities in the county, board members, volunteers and members of the public; establish and maintain effective contacts and working relations with state, regional and national economic development officials. Should also be available for flexible working hours and travel.

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university and experience in economic or community development preferred; a combination of education and experience will be considered.  Any professional economic development trainings are a plus.

Position: Full-time, Compensation negotiable, based on experience and skills. County benefit package provided. Director required to establish residence in Cuming County within three months of hire.

For complete job description contact: Bonnie Vogltance 200 S Lincoln St, Rm 100, West Point, NE  68788

To Apply:  Submit cover letter, resume, salary history and at least three professional references no later than 4:30 pm Central Time, Friday, November 23rd  to: Cuming County Economic Development Board, Attn: Bonnie Vogltance, 200 S Lincoln St, Rm 100, West Point, NE  68788, or electronically to  clerk@cumingcounty.ne.gov

 

For information about Cuming County please visit our Web Site www.cumingco.com

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND SUBJECT TO VETERAN’S PREFERENCE


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Date Posted:            10-01-18
Position/Title:
        Senior Economic Development Director
Organization:
       Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Position Summary

The Senior Economic Development Director is responsible for overseeing the Regional Economic Development Directors, participates in program and project development, disseminates project information and is an active participant in project-related work groups and committees.

 

Responsibilities

The Senior Economic Development Director will spend a majority of his/her time in these activities:

  • Manage and develop Regional Economic Development Directors within the Business and Community Development Team who are responsible for the growth and expansion of Wisconsin companies and communities through effective deployment of WEDC resources and technical assistance to encourage investment and job creation and retention throughout Wisconsin.
  • Participate in program and project development, disseminate project information and participate in project-related work groups and committees.
  • Working with local and regional economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, regional planning commissions, and other economic and regional development partners to assist them in improving the operations and performance of their organization as well as offering support with data collection and relationship building.
  • Represent and promote WEDC and the State as the leading economic development organization for Wisconsin.
  • Ensure the directors are conducting the proper account and opportunity maintenance within the CRM system.
  • Work with the VP of Business &Community Development as needed to manage regional and economic development support network; includes leading workgroups to discuss best practices.
  • Provide support and assistance to the VP of Business and Community Development and the WEDC executive leadership team in development of effective programs and tools for statewide impact.
  • Act as lead resource on issues including program design and implementation, performing specific evaluation, monitoring and planning tasks; oversee the review and revisions of program operations to assure program consistency with WEDC missions.
  • Maintain knowledge of public and private development resources.
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of program applications, implementation manuals, procedures, and guides.
  • Identify and implement improved regional and economic development service offerings.
  • Perform on-site monitoring of WEDC assisted projects.
  • Work with the VP of Business & Community Development to monitor and track program-related fund balances.
  • Effectively recommend the hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion, discharge, assignment, evaluation, discipline and adjustment of grievances ofdirect reports.
  • Represent WEDC at public relations events, conferences, and meetings regarding economic development.
  • Participate in training of and membership in organizations to enhance professional development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies, Urban Planning, Economic Development, Business Administration, related field or comparable education/experience/training.
  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in economic development or related field required.
  • Management experience.
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) or Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification preferred.

 

Skills and Talents:
  • Demonstrated understanding of sound economic development practices, tools and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner and influence at all levels in the community and to be viewed as a credible, valuable source of information and integral part of management team.
  • Strong public speaking skills required.
  • Strong project management skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects required.
  • Strong customer relationship management skills required.
  •  Ability to make sound decisions.
  • Ability to solve complex problems, sound reasoning, independent judgment and initiative to accomplish tasks.
  • Quantitative, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • PC applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database management and Windows software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to deal effectively with senior executives as well as diverse groups of people internal and external to the organization; team player.
  • Organizational and record-keeping skills; attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and assess projects for funding need and make sound recommendations for financial awards.

 

Other Requirements

  • State-wide travel will occur on a frequent basis, more than 30% of the time.  Travel is anticipated to include day and overnight travel.
  •   Possession of a valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance that meets minimum state requirements are required.
  • This position is eligible for reimbursement according to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  This position requires the employee to provide a mobile device that allows for phone, text, and email access.
  • Based on the responsibilities of this position, this position may need to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. 

 

All interested applicants must apply through our website:

https://secure.yourpayrollhr.com/ta/7760.jobs?rnd=FEL&ApplyToJob=184683271&@rtm=1




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Date Posted:
           09-20-18
Position/Title:
        Executive Director
Organization:
       Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council’s programs, expansion, and the execution of its mission. The Executive Director is tasked with implementing the overall strategic goals and objectives of The Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council and also gives direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its goals and objectives.


Position Responsibilities:

Marketing and Development: Oversees design, marketing, delivery and quality of programs and services, including direct marketing activities, business attraction, retention and expansion. Monitors regional and global economic development conditions, trends and competitors. Oversees development and redevelopment of major development areas of the city and properties relevant to economic development.

Strategic Planning/Implementation: Develops a Strategic Plan for the organization that provides clear direction/benchmarks. Projects vision to shareholders and creates community buy-in to garner support in completion of community and organizational goals. Leads through example in implementation of plan.

Relationship Management: Builds and maintains strong relationships with local political, educational, and business leaders to inspire and implement positive growth for Marion and Ralls counties along with the communities within., Act as main organizational liaison to work with all levels of government, workforce development organizations, and other service providers.

Human Resource Management: Effectively manages and develops the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.  Provide coaching and mentoring support to members to help them achieve optimal performance levels.  Hold them accountable for meeting those performance expectations. 

Community and Public Relations: Assures the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to stakeholders, contractual partners, and communities served.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:

·         Three years or more of previous economic development experience required in a key leadership capacity with proven success.  Five or more years preferred.

·         Bachelor’s degree in a related field is also required. CEcD preferred. Master’s degree would be a plus.

·         Demonstrable success in a similar previous role required.

·         Very strong verbal, written, and oral communication skills.

·         Strong analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

·         Demonstrate capacity for creative planning and implementation.

·         Strong multi-tasking skills, meeting deadlines, and performing under pressure.

·         Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment.

·         Demonstrated high level of self-direction and an orientation to achieve results.

·         Must be proficient with current office computer software.

 

Click here for more information.

Interested candidates should email resume to anthony@thepacegroup.com


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Date Posted:            08-22-18
Position/Title:
        Manager
Organization:
       Greater Fremont Development Council

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Responsible for leading and executing a talent retention and attraction strategy in support of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s economic development strategy and outcomes. Consults with business and industry regarding workforce needs in an effort to grow business and industry in Greater Omaha. Convenes and collaborates with education, economic developers, young professionals, community leaders and other key stakeholders to create and leverage resources to impact identified outcomes.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.    Lead the execution of a talent development strategy to recruit and retain talent in support of the Chamber’s larger economic development strategy.

2.    Develop strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to execute talent strategy and initiatives.

3.    Work alongside and lead the marketing team on execution of talent attraction efforts.

4.    Maintain various social media and communication accounts and strategies.

5.    Develop volunteer structure to implement talent initiatives; and recruit and coordinate the volunteers necessary to successfully implement initiatives to achieve results.

6.    Monitor progress towards outcomes and make modifications as necessary to reach desired results.

7.    Serve as the main staff liaison for the Young Professional Council and help support and communicate with other groups (for example: Talent Council, the Council for Opportunity, Diversity and Equity, Nebraska Talent Team).

8.    Work in partnership with the Events team to execute the annual YP Summit and monthly professional & personal development events.

9.    Work with Senior Director of Talent to submit and maintain program budget and ensure revenue and fundraising goals are met.

10.  Serve as an ambassador for the Chamber’s economic development efforts, especially focused on talent attraction and retention.

11.  Communicate effectively and manage relationships with community stakeholders and partners, including young professionals.

12.  Assist with other Chamber Talent related efforts and overall Chamber initiatives.

 

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.    Support other Chamber events and initiatives as requested

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

n/a

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:

 Support the development of a program budget,  and ensure fundraising and revenue goals are met.


QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed should be representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

 

Education and related work experience

Bachelor’s Degree. A minimum of 3 years of experience working in communications, marketing, talent attraction or other related fields.

 

Certifications, Licenses, Designations

n/a

 

Other Skills and Qualifications

1.    Strong leadership abilities.

2.    Knowledge of talent recruitment and retention.

3.    An experienced understanding of college and young professionals market.

4.    Ability to analyze data and situations, identify problems and opportunities, develop strategies, execute and monitor results. Adjust and modify strategies and tactics accordingly to deliver results.

5.    Ability to work with diverse groups of people.

6.    Strong written and oral communication skills.

7.    Excellent presentation skills.

8.    Ability to work with limited supervision in a fast paced environment.

9.    Ability to influence and work collaboratively with others.

10.  Ability to successfully manage multiple projects and tasks.

11.  Proficient in word processing, spreadsheet and database management in a Windows-based environment including Microsoft Office Suite.

12.  Other competencies:

a.    Demonstrated leadership

b.    Volunteer management experience

c.     Continual process improvement focus

d.    Lifelong learner

e.    Accountability


Physical Demands

1.    Typical office environment

2.    Some travel outside the region

3.    Ability to drive and provide own transportation necessary


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Date Posted:            07-30-18
Position/Title:
        Regional Economic Development Director
Organization:        Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Position Summary

The Business and Community Development Team is responsible to provide project management and to deliver resources to businesses and communities within the established budget, program guidelines, and timeline. This position is a key member of a project team, participates in program and project development, disseminates project information, builds partner relationships, and is an active participant in project-related work groups and committees.


Responsibilities

The Regional Economic Development Director will spend a majority of his/her time in performing these activities:

  • Provide consultation and technical assistance encompassing the range of community and business development including planning, developing and enhancement of infrastructure as well as project financing strategy.
  • Represent WEDC services and improve the customer management process to improve customer satisfaction and response times.
  • Generate assistance opportunities for Wisconsin communities and businesses.
  • Manage and support a set of community and business accounts in a designated region.
  • Expand extended enterprise capabilities and coordination in a designated region.
  • Lead the development and implementation of tools to advance regional community, business and economic development goals.
  • Participate as a key member of the project team, participate in program and project development, disseminate project information and are active participants in project-related work groups and committees.
  • Work with regional planning commissions, communities, regional economic development organizations, and other community development partners to assist them in improving the operations and performance of their organization and to support them in efforts to provide regular relationship building and data collection.
  • Review and analyze projects and provide recommendations for funding.
  • Act as a financial packaging expert who maintains rapport and works closely with financial networks and communities that fund and invest in business and community prospects.
  • Review financial documentation including financial statements and financial commitments from other parties.
  •  Act as resource on issues including program design and implementation, performing specific evaluation, monitoring and planning tasks.
  • Review and revise program operations to assure program consistency with WEDC missions.
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance of program applications, implementation manuals and guides.
  • Provide community, business and economic development project leads to Senior Economic Development Director or Vice President using WEDC software tools.
  • Assist in the preparation of quarterly and other reports as required by funding sources.
  • Perform on-site monitoring of WEDC assisted projects.
  • Work with businesses in the region directly to facilitate access to financial and business assistance resources.
  • Work with businesses in the region who have received WEDC related assistance to ensure ongoing performance and support.
  • Working with regional, county, and local economic development officials:
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    in an assigned region to help businesses grow by providing business consulting assistance and linking the businesses to available financial, workforce, and business assistance resources.
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    to deploy consistent economic development tools that align with state economic development objectives.
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    to support them in efforts to provide regular business relationship building and data collection.
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    to assist them in improving the operations and performance of their organization.
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    to ensure full communication on economic development resources available from the state of Wisconsin.
  • Maintain knowledge of public and private development resources.
  • Attend recipient public relation events.
  • Participate in State and National economic, community and business development activities, seminars and conferences; attend Regional Economic Development Organization meetings.
  • Represent WEDC in speaking engagements in the regions.
  • Work with the Business and Community Development Team to support division strategies and performance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Urban and Regional Studies, Urban Planning, Community Development, Business Administration, or related field or comparable education/experience/training.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in economic or community development or related field required.
  • Management of an economic development organization preferred.
  • Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) or Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification preferred.


Skills and Talents:

  • Strong understanding of state, WEDC, and WEDC partner services.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner and influence at all levels of the business and community and to be viewed as a credible, valuable source of information and integral part of management team.
  • Strong public speaking skills required.
  • Strong project management skills required.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects required.
  • Strong customer relationship management skills required.
  • Ability to make sound decisions.
  • Ability to solve complex problems, sound reasoning, independent judgment and initiative to accomplish tasks.
  • Quantitative, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • PC applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database management and Windows software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to deal effectively with senior executives, as well as diverse groups of people internal and external to the organization; team player.
  • Organizational and record-keeping skills; attention to detail.

 

Other Requirements

  • State-wide travel will occur on a frequent basis, more than 30% of the time.  Travel is anticipated to include day and overnight travel.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance that meets minimum state requirements are required.
  •  This position is eligible for reimbursement according to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.  This position requires the employee to provide a mobile device that allows for phone, text, and email access.
  • Based on the responsibilities of this position, this position may need to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.


 

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Date Posted:            07-25-18
Position/Title:
        Vice President Economic Development
Organization:
       Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce (WI)

Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce (WI) – Vice President Economic Development.  The Chamber has selected Jorgenson Consulting to conduct a national search for an experienced economic development professional to provide leadership in the attraction and procurement of new business enterprises to Brown County as well as the expansion and growth of existing business enterprises in the County.  This person must be knowledgeable about strategic planning and implement and provide oversight of the team and the activities to support the goals of this dynamic region.  For a complete list of qualifications or to apply, email Todd Jorgenson at GreenBayVP@jci-inc.net


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