organizes and implements economic and community development functions from
conception to completion, including planning, zoning, code enforcement,
business development and tourism, recruitment, and guidance to incoming
businesses, retention of businesses, city revitalization and blight issues,
mobility and parking, and promotion of the City attributes. Implements
economic development goals and objectives for the City, interfaces and
coordinates with the development community, local businesses and various
City departments and staff.. Oversees and coordinates the Departments
of Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, Business Development and Tourism
and Transportation, Mobility and Parking.
Example of Duties: Reports to the Mayor and is responsible for
Directs and coordinates the activities of the City's Office of Economic and
Community Development with other City departments, boards and agencies;
business and organizations; community groups; and regional, state and
federal agencies. Analyzes existing economic situations relative to
business attraction and expansion; reviews modern techniques for business
attraction and retention and negotiates and resolves sensitive and
controversial issues; monitors program performance and provides reports to
the Mayor. Ensures implementation and enforcement of planning and
zoning ordinances. Issues interpretations of city zoning, planning,
building and related ordinances and regulations. Develops and implements
short and long term economic development goals; gathers information and
prepares studies, reports and recommendations to retain existing business,
to attract new business, and to present a positive image of the City.
Becomes familiar with the existing inventory of available public and
private buildings and businesses and land areas in the City. Establishes
criteria for measuring success of these various initiatives. Monitors and
evaluates the effectiveness of various community and economic development
programs and efforts. Develops infrastructure (industrial parks, utilities,
transportation, etc.) to support business growth and expansion. Researches,
identifies and utilizes resources for community and economic development,
including sources of funding and technical expertise. Meets with the
public, developers and contractors; discussing planning, zoning and
development issues; interprets information in City ordinances pertaining to
the department. Researches and analyzes business, economic, socioeconomic
and related data affecting strategic planning of community and economic
development activities. Monitors local, state and Federal legislation and
regulations relating to community and economic development, and reports
findings, trends and recommendations to staff and the Mayor.
Maintains good relationships with public and government officials,
business leaders, developers, local and regional organizations, and the
professional, civic, and social gatherings, as appropriate, to represent
and promote interests of the City and to collect information pertinent to
advancement of interests of the City. May prepare, write and administer
grant applications related to economic development. Provides information
and makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups,
businesses, individuals, and the public on economic development issues,
programs, services and plans. Establishes and maintains a database
information system pertaining to the City's economic development and makes
this information available to the public. Other related duties as assigned.
Supervised By: Receives general supervision from the Mayor.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
knowledge of economic development planning, strategies, implementation and
program evaluation. Comprehensive knowledge of economic development
issues, principles and techniques, including state and federal policies and
programs, capital improvements programming, applicable regulations and
regulatory devices, associated data sources and information systems.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with
department heads, elected and appointed officials, other governmental
agencies, business and community organizations, the public and the media.
Must have demonstrated experience successfully completing time-sensitive
and/or high profile projects through collaboration, consensus and creativity.
A goal-oriented thinker who has the ability to set clear priorities
among multiple tasks and stay focus on project benchmarks and deadlines.
Ability to make presentations, write reports and other communication
practices; experienced in public relations. Knowledge of general office
management and practices, interpersonal communication, employee
supervision, and the ability to motivate and direct the work of others.
Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written material. Ability to
use and comprehend computer software programs.