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Director of Economic Development
Prattville (Alabama) Area Chamber of Commerce 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Committee are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Economic Development who will organize and lead business recruitment, existing industry retention and expansion and project management liaison activities that support commercial, office and industrial development in Prattville and Autauga County, Alabama. Responsibilities include the facilitation of development, redevelopment and maintenance of business and industrial parks, facilities and infrastructure, the retention and attraction assistance to domestic and international businesses, the coordination of marketing activities related to publications, advertising and website data and providing assistance with activities related to the procurement of grants for industrial park infrastructure. The incumbent will coordinate with local, county, state and federal elected officials, private developers, engineering and construction firms and others to develop and maintain property and projects that meet economic development goals in Prattville and Autauga County.

RESPONSIBILITIES

·       Attract and assist domestic and international businesses including the development of incentives, business assistance, retention, expansion, workforce development and financing

·       Respond to proposals and inquiries by companies, consultants, state allies and others looking for available land or buildings in Prattville and/or Autauga County

·       Organize and lead PACC's existing industry visitation and support initiatives

·       In support of the City of Prattville and Autauga County as requested, assist in the planning, development and redevelopment of industrial/commercial parks, facilities and infrastructure related to such parks and facilities

·       Participate in the conceptual development of an economic development strategic plan including the setting of goals and objectives for the Economic Development Committee

·       Recruit and recommend community partners and volunteers for the Economic Development Committee

·       Assist as needed the Prattville IDB, the Autauga County IDA and other public bodies in structuring abatements, incentives and other similar activities in order to grow the Prattville and Autauga County industrial base and in the negotiation and procurement of  land and land options

·       Prepare and administer an economic development marketing budget

·       Coordinate research activities that include the City and County strengths and trends in an effort to win projects

·       Solicit development proposals and negotiate development contracts and plans with private developers

·       Meet, coordinate and speak with citizen committees, special interest groups, non-profit organizations and neighborhood groups concerning economic development issues

·       Coordinate and maintain relationships with all public and private partners at a level that ensures a high probability of successful economic development efforts

·       Coordinate career tech activities in conjunction with PACC's Education and Workforce Development Committee's goals and objectives

·       Willingness to work a flexible schedule and overnight travel as required

·       Other duties as required and assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

·       A Bachelor's Degree in economic development, marketing, public or business administration, or a related field is required
·       Minimum of  ten (10) years of professional experience with an emphasis in economic development, public or commercial development, project management or marketing is required
·       Completion of ED Institute and certification is preferred
·       Current member of and active in ED related organizations is required
·       Demonstrated success of recruitment and retention of businesses in communities of past service is required
·       Experience in a position working independently and without close supervision is required
·       Experience in a position analyzing information to solve problems is required
·       Experience in a position interpreting and communicating information written and orally is required
·       Experience in a position developing and maintaining relationships is required
·       Experience in a position requiring negotiation skills is required
·       Experience with a variety of computer applications including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Outlook is required
·       Experience in a position managing economic development projects is preferred
·       Experience in position dealing with real estate transactions is preferred
·       Experience in a position working with private developers and engineering development and design is preferred

 

In addition, applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and have a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

 Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with experience.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume’ to Prattville Chamber Economic Development Search Committee, 210 Medical Center Dr., Prattville, AL 36066, or info@edaa.org, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014. NOTE: When submitting cover letter and resume’ by e-mail, please put in the subject line, Prattville Chamber Economic Development.