Executive Director of Economic Development - Fulton, KY

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Summary
Title: Executive Director of Economic Development
ID: 1209
Department: Executive
Description

The Fulton County-Hickman County Economic Development Partnership (Fulton-Hickman EDP) is looking for its next Executive Director of Economic Development!  The Executive Director reports directly to the Fulton-Hickman EDP board of directors and is responsible for all business development activities related to recruitment, retention, and expansion.  

This is a contract position with a range of $60,000 - $75,000, depending on experience

Deadline to Apply:  December 12, 2019

Responsibilities of the Executive Director of Economic Development:

  • Develop industrial and commercial recruitment strategies
  • Create and manage marketing, advertising, and public relation campaigns and programs to promote economic development in the two counties
  • Implement creative solutions to actively recruit and target prospects
  • Perform economic analysis and fiscal impact analysis of commercial and industrial developments and related incentive packages
  • Facilitate regular progress updates with the board 
  • Investigate and identify growth opportunities for business relocation and expansions
  • Facilitate discussions and contract agreements between the city, county, private investors, and other agencies, while working with the City Attorney
  • Exercise creative initiative when identifying opportunities for economic development
  • Manage business operations including the annual budget, marketing efforts, and implementation of board initiatives and strategies
  • Make existing industry visits periodically and invite state and local officials when necessary
  • Continuously update industry-related marketing material, including hard and soft copies and on Economic Development website
  • Distribute marketing materials via email, mail and in-person
  • Maintain ongoing relationships with potential prospects including email correspondence, demographic information, community information, and updated media information
  • Maintain and foster strong relationships with local and state government officials as well as key stakeholders 
  • Coordinate the development, adoption, and execution of the Fulton County-Hickman County Economic Development Partnership long-range plan
  • Travel as needed
Requirements of the Executive Director:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Economic Development, Business, Communications or relevant field of study preferred
  • Certification or specialized training in Economic Development preferred
  • Grant writing experience preferred
  • Knowledge of zoning, land use law, designations and processes, and working knowledge of related regulations, and related community development services
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive business and/or economic development experience preferred
  • Strong communication, presentation, project management, and organization skills
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Must be able to travel
Applications & Selection Process:
  • Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume (highlighting desired qualifications listed above and including a list of significant professional accomplishments), and 3 professional references.  References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established and candidate confidentiality will be respected during the initial selection phase of the process.
  • Applications should be submitted by December 12, 2019.
  • Please direct any inquiries to:  Elizabeth Pritchett:  elizabeth.pritchett@cpbsllc.com | 731.885.4810
About the Fulton-Hickman Counties Economic Development Partnership:
The Fulton-Hickman Counties Economic Development Partnership fosters a dual county effort in West Kentucky to provide a business-friendly climate for growth and opportunity.  Both counties boast a reputation of diversified industry and a region with a flexible workforce from which to draw.  Logistic factors are key for any industry and this area is served by an array of major highways, railroads, and slack water riverport on the Mississippi River.