City of Pelham
Economic Development Director
The City of Pelham is currently accepting applications for the full time position of Economic Development Director.
SUMMARY: The Economic Development Director coordinates the City’s economic development activities and administers the City’s economic development program including prospect development, industry contacts, and negotiation with industry representatives at all levels to encourage business development in the City of Pelham. The Economic Development Director reports to the City Manager and serves as the secretary (ex officio) of any development organizations within the City as permitted by law (i.e., CDA, IDB).
Recruits commercial and industrial business developers through targeted marketing; meetings with developers, brokers, retailers and others to encourage business development opportunities in the City of Pelham.
Answers questions from prospective business partners on available properties in the City; zoning policies and processes as requested or as necessary to make business decisions.
Organizes activities; prepare solicitation letters to local and national businesses, including retailers; prepare information packets for distribution to perspective business clients; and prepare proposals for specific businesses targeted for location to the City of Pelham.
Implements economic development programs from researching state and federal economic development programs; monitors ordinances or legislations; fosters partnerships with industry representatives both internal and external to the city; recommends policy or program changes to the City Manager to increase effectiveness and efficiencies of the City’s economic development initiatives.
Partners with the City’s Communications Manager to inform the residents of impending strategies or activities that may impact the Pelham community; provides assistance to the communications manager to create messaging relevant to Pelham businesses and economic development, updates media platforms and makes presentations to City Council, private or public partners to encourage local business development.
Leads negotiations on business partnerships or development agreements for commercial and industrial business development in the City, which may include tax abatement options or similar business development incentives; monitors agreements for compliance with state, local and/or federal regulations and works with the City’s finance department to ensure compliance with agreements.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, business administration, marketing, or a closely related field, from a college or university and a minimum of five (5) years related professional experience required. An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience may be considered.
Experience in fiscal planning, budget preparation, and economic development tools and incentives are required.
Preferred qualifications include: Graduate of an accredited university economic development institute, experience in coordinating community development activities and programs and demonstrated knowledge of workforce development strategies.
The ideal candidate should be skilled in building and maintaining a broad and diverse spectrum of partnerships with City Officials, business leaders, financial institutions, developers, city departments, and the community.
COMPENSATION: The compensation range for this position is $83,345.27 – $108,746.67. The City of Pelham also offers an excellent benefits package and participates in Tier 1 of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.
Applications are available on the city’s website and can be downloaded. Completed applications and resumes may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to City of Pelham, Human Resources, at P.O. Box 1419, Pelham, AL 35124. The final date to submit applications is Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
City of Prattville
Economic Development Director
Prattville, Alabama)The City of Prattville, located in central Alabama, has launched an executive search for an economic development director. The Chason Group (www.thechasongroup.com) has been retained to lead the Mayor and Council through the process.
The economic development director is responsible for directing and facilitating inclusive and strategic economic development initiatives to grow and maintain jobs and increase the tax base in the City of Prattville and surrounding areas. The professional is accountable for both commercial and industrial recruitment and maintenance. Other responsibilities include: providing leadership and guidance to the City of Prattville’s economic development team; oversight of all daily operations; and, in collaboration with the community, developing and implementing a strategic economic development plan on an annual basis. The director represents the City of Prattville at meetings with clients and working with various partners.
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Alabama Department of Commerce
This position is responsible for assisting with the administration of the compliance reporting process for certain economic development incentive programs for the Business Development Division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, including but not limited to: data collection/mining, reporting, statistical analysis, and other tasks related to Commerce’s administration of economic development incentive programs. This position reports to the Incentives Manager.
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The Shoals Economic Development Authority
The Shoals Economic Development Authority (The Shoals EDA) is an economic development organization in Northwest Alabama, representing Colbert and Lauderdale Counties.
The Project Manager will be responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, managing and evaluating economic development project activities for The Shoals EDA. Specifically, under the general direction of the Vice President of The Shoals EDA, the Project Manager position will be focused on providing overall assistance to the economic development team working to support new and potential project activity, as well as gaining and maintaining a high-level working knowledge of the area’s marketable assets, building and site characteristics, regional value proposition and local and state incentives. This position will manage projects assigned by the Vice President related to product development, new business/industry opportunities, start-ups, existing industry expansions, and property maintenance.
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