The Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development
The Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development is a newly formed public/private partnership consisting of approximately 65 members dedicated to the economic vitality of the region. The Knox County region is strategically located between Chicago and St. Louis with major highway and railway access. The City of Galesburg is a progressive community that is home to Knox College, a prestigious liberal arts college and Carl Sandburg College, a thriving community college that provides important job training opportunities. In addition, the region includes the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad which employs more than 1100 people and has seven rail lines that converge in Galesburg.
The President will report to a nine member Board of Directors that includes the political, educational and business leadership in the region. The Partnership is seeking candidates who are self motivated, confident and possess strong interpersonal communication skills. Candidates must have experience in marketing and industrial business development and retention. Success in targeting and growing jobs in the manufacturing and industrial sectors is highly valued. The Partnership is well funded with a dedicated revenue stream and a budget surplus. The next candidate will work with the Board to develop a vision and strategy for the new organization as well as be responsible for executing the strategy and delivering results. The region has a full range of economic development tools including TIF Districts, an Enterprise Zone that is home to 90 businesses and has room for expansion, job training programs and a 340 acre industrial park available for development. A Bachelorâ€™s degree in business, planning or public administration or related discipline is strongly desired along with at least 5 -7 years of progressively responsible experience. Starting salary is $95,000+/- DOQ. Candidates should apply by August 25 with resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 work related references to www.GovHRUSA.com/current-positions/recruitment to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, 650 Dundee Road #270, Northbrook, lL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240. Email contact is HVoorhees@GovHRUSA.com.