Date Posted:        06-10-21

      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.

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.

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.


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.



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



  •  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.



  • 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



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


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.


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



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 (

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

Cheryl Church
Workplace Search Group


Date Posted:        06-02-21
      Director, Business Investment

      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!


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.


  • 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



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


  • 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.


  • 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



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.



  • 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.


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

Send Referrals to:


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.


Date Posted:        05-21-21

      Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin

The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation in Wisconsin is seeking an experienced executive who will oversee and implement the organization’s BRE, business attraction, research, entrepreneurial, and organizational growth priorities.

The ideal candidate will act as the principal spokesperson for GO-EDC and have significant experience with developing new business prospects, developing relationships with stakeholders, implementing marketing initiatives, industrial/commercial building development, and proven ability to attract, retain, and develop excellent staff.

5 years’ relevant related experience & 4-year degree required.

Salary $105,000-$125,000 plus competitive benefits

Full Job

Apply: Submit resume to by Friday June 18th, 2021. Feel free to contact Brittany McCoy, 504-615-7174 with any questions


Date Posted:        05-20-21
      Community Preservation and Development Director
      City of Park Ridge, Illinois

Park Ridge, Illinois is a picturesque suburb of 37,480 residents located 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, convenient to O'Hare Airport, major expressways, CTA and Metra trains.  Incorporated as the Village of Park Ridge in 1873 (and reorganized as the City of Park Ridge in 1910), Park Ridge is a prime residential community that retains its distinctive, small-town charm.

The City’s vibrant Uptown shopping area includes the Metra station, Public Library and several charming parks where live musical concerts and special events are held in the summer. Throughout the City, tree-lined streets, pleasing architecture, excellent schools and ample parks help make Park Ridge one of the most desirable family communities in the Chicago area.

Unique shops, famous name stores and popular restaurants fill the Uptown area, where award-winning new buildings in The Shops of Uptown blend serenely with historic ones. The Uptown Park Ridge skyline is graced with cupolas, church spires and the 100-foot tower of the Art Deco Pickwick Theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  In addition to the charming Uptown shopping area, Park Ridge offers other shopping and dining convenient to every neighborhood, including South Park, Village Green, the Dee Park area bordering Oakton Avenue and the Higgins Corridor bordering Chicago.   

The City of Park Ridge is a full-service community with a FY 2021 total budget of nearly $78 million (including a $36 million General Fund).  (The City is currently under a “Stub Year” budget while transitioning to a Calendar Year budget.)  City officials are elected for four-year terms. The Mayor and City Clerk are elected by the community at large. The City Council is composed of the Mayor, City Clerk and seven aldermen, one from each of the city’s seven wards. The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with the City Manager overseeing a staff of 200 FTEs in the departments of Administrative Services, Community Preservation and Development, Finance, Fire, Police, and Public Works.    

About the Position   

The Community Preservation and Development Director reports to the City Manager and is responsible for the visioning, leadership, planning, and budgeting of the Community Preservation and Development Department.  Additionally, the position has overall program administration and coordination for all long-range community planning, zoning and land use, building and construction activities, property transfer taxes, environmental health, and animal and nuisance control programs.  The position serves as the primary liaison from the Department to City Council and Council committees, the Planning and Zoning Commission, Appearance Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and community/business leaders.

The Director supervises a staff of 13 people in the Community Preservation and Development Department.  Divisions within the CP&D Department include Building Safety (enforcement of the City-adopted building codes), Planning (enforcement of the City’s land use policies and regulations), Zoning (compliance enforcement with zoning code), Environmental Health (enforcement of food code, inspection of food establishments, animal and nuisance control), and Economic Development (business retention and recruitment, liaison with economic development consultant and civic organizations).  Eight department employees report directly to the Director.

A primary goal for the CP&D Department this year is to complete an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and begin related implementation activities.  Other challenges and opportunities for the position will include continuing to improve efficiency and customer service by fully implementing the City’s current systems and exploring options for other technology/digital enhancements.  Overseeing new economic development and the retention of existing businesses will also be a high priority for the successful candidate.

Position Requirements

The City is seeking a Director with strong strategic thinking and public process facilitation skills to lead the CP&D Department.  The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in urban/regional planning or related field and five (5) to seven (7) years of community development or related experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressive supervisory experience.
  • American Institute of Certified (AICP) Certification preferred.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Considerable experience in collaborating with elected officials, staff, developers, businesses, and residents.
  • A desire to pursue community/economic development best practices and innovative strategies and techniques.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated history as a pragmatic problem solver who will help identify solutions and manage processes to facilitate effective community and economic development policies and programs.

Compensation and Benefits    

The anticipated starting salary range is $135,000 - $146,000 +/- DOQ.  A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), health insurance including medical, dental and vision coverage, and life insurance. The City also offers paid vacation, holidays and sick leave.  The City does not have a residency requirement. 

Selection Process   

Apply online at with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references by June 21, 2021.  Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at 847-380-3240, x116. 

The City of Park Ridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Click HERE to Apply!


Date Posted:        05-20-21

      Jefferson City, Missouri, Regional Economic Development Partnership

The Jefferson City Regional Economic Development Partnership is seeking a CEO who will administer the creation, augmentation and facilitation of programs and actions necessary to accomplish the mission of the organization which is to maintain and strengthen the economy and create new jobs within Jefferson City, MO.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated collaborator with an excellent communication skills and presentation ability. He/she will have an executive style that generates respect and support from a wide-range of constituencies. Background port experience preferred but not required.


10 years’ relevant related experience & 4-year degree required.


Salary $135,000-$155,000 plus attractive benefits package

Full Job Profile:

Apply: Submit resume to by Friday June 4th, 2021. Feel free to contact Brandon Nettles, with any questions


Date Posted:                   05-11-21
                 Director of Talent and Workforce Development

                   Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC)

Immediate Supervisor:    BEDC Chief Executive Officer
Status:                             Full-time Exempt
Remote:                           No

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is the lead entity for economic development in the Brookings, SD area.  The organization focuses on community development, workforce development, workforce attraction and industry recruitment, entrepreneur support, and business retention and expansion.  BEDC’s mission is to “Build the economy by leading collaborative efforts that support a prosperous place to live, learn, work and play”. 

The Director of Workforce and Talent is the lead team member responsible for increasing access to talent pools, removing barrier to employment and aligning industry and education in addition to the development of programs supporting the Brookings area.

Program Design, Implementation & Oversight

  • Lead the community’s workforce efforts including creating awareness of career opportunities and workforce retention and recruitment initiatives.
  • Design and implement projects to enhance existing workforce development infrastructure, and to address notable gaps and/or barriers to employment to include:  affordable housing, accessible and quality childcare and community diversity and inclusion.
  • Coordinate efforts to align industry and education; collaborate with education providers, regional businesses and industries, area school districts, and other regional public and private entities to provide work-based learning and career opportunities/awareness as well as skills training.    
  • Ensure effective program promotion and awareness and evaluation of all available marketing channels throughout the program design and implementation phases.


Build Strong Partnerships and Collaborative Efforts

  • Collaborate with stakeholders on workforce and talent programs, design, implementation, and oversight.
  • Enhance and expand partnerships with local organizations and resources to ensure community awareness and support, including:  K-12 schools, SDSU, technical colleges, area service providers and government agencies, and business and industry contacts.


Public Relations, Communications and Marketing

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for BEDC workforce and talent projects and activities.
  • Inform area individuals of the purpose and progress of the workforce development programs, to create and reinforce a favorable attitude for economic development.
  • Develop social media content, presentations and promotional materials for the workforce programs and initiatives.


Administrative Functions

  • Plan, direct, organize and administer the operations of BEDC’s workforce programming, including:
o   Program/project development and implementation.  
o   Assist Chief Executive Officer with budget development.                    
Monitor projects and fiscal progress.

Grant research & writing.                                      

Establish, facilitate, and/or maintain task force structures as needed for program development efforts.

Objectively monitor, assess, and evaluate the program and recommend changes to the Executive Director.
  • Remain involved in professional organizations that relate to workforce and economic development.

Other duties

  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.


1.       Experience in project, program and/or event management with multiple stakeholders, contributors, and deliverables.
2.       Proven ability to build and leverage collaborative relationships and partnerships.
3.       Experience with various research methods and measuring and communicating results.
4.       Experience with data management, analysis, and reporting.
5.       Ability to effectively and professionally communicate both written and verbally. 
6.       Ability to display creativity and innovation in attaining work objectives.
7.       Ability to take initiative with limited guidance and a service-oriented mindset.
8.       Ability to ensure the highest level of confidentiality and integrity.
9.       Ability to interpret local, state, and federal policies and regulations as they relate to BEDC programs and business development.
10.    Knowledge of community, state, federal, and private development resources.
11.    Experience with developing and managing budgets.
12.    Must have excellent managerial, leadership, organizational, customer relations, public relations, personnel management, and budgetary skills.
13.    Must be able to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, prioritize, and organize work assignments, work well under pressure and stress, and make competent decisions.
14.    May work extensive hours, as needed, to attend board, council, and other related meetings.
15.    Some overnight travel may be required.


1.     Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, human resources, public relations, economics, marketing, real estate, or related field.
2.     Two to five years of related experience in economic or community development.
3.     Must establish residency within Brookings County within 90 days of hire date.
4.     Valid Driver’s License.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $70,000 depending on qualifications and experience.  BEDC offers an excellent benefit package including, medical, dental, life insurance, vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.  BEDC also participates in a 401(k) program.  Relocation assistance may be available for a qualified candidate.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and statement of interest to, Andrew C. Sloss CEO, Brookings Economic Development Corporation via email:  The job is open until filled.  First review of resumes will begin June 7th.



Date Posted:        05-03-21
      Director of Community Development/Executive Director Port Authority

      City of Red Wing, MN

Red  Wing,  MN  (population  16,572),  one  of  the  most  unique  and  charming  communities along  the Mississippi River seeks progressive, innovating and highly collaborative candidates for its next Director of Community Development.  The Director of Community Development also serves as the Executive Director of  Red  Wing  Port  Authority.   Red  Wing  is  one  of  four  cities  in Minnesota  with  an  active  port.   The Community Development Director oversees a staff of  seven and combined budgets of $3M, including administration  of  approximately  $1.3M  in  a  revolving  
loan  fund.     The  Community  Development Department  is  responsible  for  oversight  of  the port,  all  economic  development  activities,  land  use planning, zoning, building inspections and permitting.

Red Wing has a strong economy based on manufacturing and tourism.  The city is home to the famed Red Wing Shoes, and Riedel Skates. Three of Minnesota’s largest companies – Xcel Energy, 3M and Cargill – have facilities in the city.  Treasure Island Resort and Casino is also located within
Red Wing on the Prairie Island  Tribal  Community.    The  city  is  home  to  a  campus  of Minnesota  State  College.    The  historic downtown and West End districts offer shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  Red Wing also has a vibrant arts community. The City made a significant
capital investment to renovate Levee Park in 2020 to accommodate increasing commercial passenger riverboat traffic.

Located only 45 minutes from the metro areas of both Minneapolis/St. Paul and Rochester, Red Wing offers an excellent quality of life with abundant opportunities to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and all the amenities expected of a thriving regional center.

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

The ideal candidate will be:
•     Experienced,  strategic,  and  skilled  in  economic  development  with  a demonstrated  record  of success.
•     Innovative, progressive and knowledgeable in sustainability practices related to climate action, energy efficiency, renewable energy and land use.
•     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.
•     An exceptional listener with a high level of interpersonal awareness.
•     Committed to customer service and highly responsive and responsible to community concerns, needs and inquiries.
•     Knowledgeable in land use planning, zoning, permitting and inspections.

The salary range is $79,602 to $119,392 DOQ. The City of Red Wing offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.

Interested  candidates  should  apply  online  by  June  4,  2021  with  resume,  cover  letter and  contact information  for  five  work-related  references  at  to  the attention  of  Charlene Stevens, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225,
Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380- 3240 Ext 124.  The City of Red Wing, MN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click HERE to Apply!


Date Posted:        04-22-21
      President and CEO

      Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

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.

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,,  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.



Date Posted:        04-05-21
      Research Specialist

      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


Date Posted:        03-17-21
ssistant Vice President, Commercial Lender - Economic Development Division
      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 - or Minnesota