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President/CEO - Aurora, Illinois

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Invest Aurora/Seize the Future Development Foundation

Aurora, Illinois

Aurora, Illinois (pop. 200,965).  Exciting opportunity to have a leadership role in the economic revitalization underway in the City of Aurora.  Aurora is a river community and the second largest city in Illinois, located 40 miles west of Chicago.   The City has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88 (five interchanges) as well as two Metra stations (commuter line), a regional airport, four institutions of higher education, 14 business parks and a 130 mile plus fiber network.  In addition to its rich history as a manufacturing center with strong industrial roots, Aurora has become a commercial and entertainment destination.  The City is home to the Hollywood Casino, the Fox Valley Mall, Chicago Premier Outlets and the award-winning Paramount Theater which offers more than 150 entertainment options annually and plays a critical role in the downtown renaissance. The CEO reports to a Board of Directors and can expect to work on the following:

  • Invest Aurora is a 501 ©3 public/private economic development partnership dedicated to expanding economic opportunities in Aurora and developing a sustainable community for Aurora residents and businesses. To that end, the CEO will collaborate with the City of Aurora and the business community to market Aurora nationally and internationally, ensuring that the development community is aware of Aurora’s assets and availability for development and redevelopment.
  • The CEO will lead a staff of five professionals dedicated to business attraction and business retention which includes the development of important economic and demographic data that will bolster the City’s efforts in economic development and job growth.
  • The CEO will work closely with the City of Aurora in negotiating real estate and development deals working with elected and appointed bodies as well as with state and federal agencies as needed.

Candidates for this unique opportunity must be highly collaborative and creative with well- developed communication skills, media skills, a can-do attitude and a record of team-oriented leadership.  Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree along with significant economic development experience in marketing, economic data analysis and negotiations. Starting salary range: $125,000 -$150,000 DOQ. Apply at once but no later than September 14, 2018 with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees and Kathleen Rush, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.