Under direct supervision from the City Manager, assists in developing and implementing the Economic Development Strategic Plan while maintaining City goals. Serves as the City’s point of contact for strategies and programs related to economic development; provides requested information and serves as the City’s liaison and community partner to address questions or concerns.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop and maintain the goals and objectives of the City’s economic development strategies and programs. Includes business attraction, retention, expansion and other strategies and programs.
Work closely with the City Manager and staff, develop and recommend appropriate incentive programs and packages for new and existing businesses in locating, retaining or expanding their operations to maintain and/or increase primary jobs, tax revenues and otherwise generate economic development.
Identify and solicit prospective developers and uses of commercial and industrial space within the City. Where applicable, investigate and analyze financing mechanisms for potential development projects.
Meet and work with property owners, developers, brokers, and prospective tenants frequently to promote economic development within available sites in the City.
Professionally represent the City and the City Manager to staff, elected officials and outside entities, and through attendance at community events and business functions.
o Deliver presentations as requested by City Council, businesses, and other economic development partners
o Prepare monthly reports of activity for City Manager
Attend pre-application meetings and related Planning Commission agendas.
Work in close contact with other directors to ensure an effective development process.
Serve as liaison on major economic development projects to interested parties.
Serve as liaison between City and businesses to address concerns and resolve issues.
Maintain confidentiality on development projects.
Serve as liaison and coordinator with community partners and stakeholders.
Develop and maintain relationships with local, regional, and state organizations.
o Foster regional relationships, focusing on cooperation rather than competition o Research, update, maintain, and disseminate information
o Develop and implement marketing programs/strategies to promote services and assistance available to new/existing businesses
o Network and maintain cooperative working relationships with state, regional, and national economic development entities and other appropriate community partners
Perform administrative, technical, and analytical duties related to soliciting attracting, and securing new business and employment opportunities in the city of Fort Morgan.
Assist in maintaining the economic development webpage with useful, attractive and easily accessible information and relevant links.
Develop and maintain marketing strategies including social media related to economic development and community projects.
Develop and maintain annual economic profiles of the city and other reports/presentations as requested.
Research, update, and maintain information on local businesses including demographics, and information about local real estate.
Disseminate pertinent information to local businesses, prospects, and individuals.
Research, analyze, integrate, and exercise best practices.
Address changing priorities and expectations in coordination with industry trends.
Develop creative and inclusive solutions to overcome problems.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Public Administration, or related field; and two years of experience in economic development, public administration, workforce development or public policy. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered. CEcD certification or pursuing certification is desirable.
OTHER REQUIRED SKILLS
Strong knowledge of economic development principles and practices
Knowledge of regional economic development issues and initiatives
Knowledge and thorough understanding of the development philosophies of the City and the goals of economic development
Strong knowledge of the City business environment and existing businesses
Knowledge of urban planning including comprehensive and capital improvement plans
Knowledge of zoning requirements and processes; impact fees; local, state, and federal laws and regulations; land uses; and public and private finance
Ability to work independently
Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong skills in public speaking
Skill in conducting surveys and obtaining critical business data
Skill in project management
Ability to organize and present statistical, financial and factual data in a manner
easily understood by the audience
Ability to research and analyze data
Ability to work in conjunction with other city staff members or outside entities
Positive communication skills
Strong computer skills
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.