THE OPPORTUNITY: The Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority is seeking an outgoing, self-motivated and collaborative individual to lead the community’s economic development efforts. The full-time Executive Director will be on the ground floor of developing a comprehensive economic development strategic plan that will drive Anderson County’s business-growth objectives over the next 3-5 years. With a focus on job creation and retention, capital investment attraction and enhancing quality of life assets, the Executive Director’s role will entail proactively cultivating business development opportunities, actively marketing the community’s business and livability assets and building strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders that will advance the community’s economic and tourism development goals. With the support and engagement of the 10-member Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors, the selected candidate will build upon and accelerate the economic momentum and potential of Lawrenceburg, Anderson County.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Executive Director will be responsible for a broad and diverse set of responsibilities aligned with achieving the community’s economic development objectives. Major areas of responsibilities include:
- Pursue and assist in the development of a comprehensive economic development strategic plan and take the lead on overseeing the implementation of identified outcomes.
- Identify, research and develop outreach strategies targeting industrial, commercial and service sector decision makers that may have a competitive advantage by doing business in Anderson County.
- Develop and maintain ongoing communication and strong relationships with existing businesses in order to facilitate retention and expansion opportunities.
- Maintain a sound knowledge of Anderson County’s industrial assets, including workforce, available sites and buildings, utility providers and infrastructure, state and local incentive programs, etc.
- Identify marketing opportunities and develop a comprehensive marketing toolkit that showcases Anderson County’s value proposition to new and existing industries. Additionally, create marketing and communications platforms that keep stakeholders informed of economic development successes, initiatives and developments.
- Prepare written and digital proposals, as well as provide thorough and complete responses to prospect RFIs that will entail detailed information about community demographics, site and building infrastructure, taxes, methods of financing, labor laws, environmental compliance, transportation, energy, wages, workforce training and other relevant topics impacting site location decisions.
- Collaborate with community partners on non-industrial developments such as improving quality of life assets including, retail and dining options, recreation and entertainment amenities, overnight lodging accommodations, etc.
- Extensively partner with local and regional educational institutions, industry partners, state and regional economic development partners to generate forward-thinking, results-oriented solutions to workforce development issues.
- Work to enhance a vibrant and innovative environment for entrepreneurship and small business development.
- Oversee and maintain accountability for organizational budgets, focusing on maximizing ROI on expenditures and identifying potential new revenue sources.
- Maintain strict confidentiality in handling and communicating sensitive information related to prospective new location, expansion and retention opportunities, while complying with any state and local open records requirements.
HOW TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume electronically to email@example.com on or before Noon ET, Wednesday, September 25, 2019. As part of the submitted application, applicants should include three professional references, excluding family and friends. Finalists for the position will be asked to sign an authorization allowing the board to conduct background and reference checks. Research may include, but are not limited to, criminal records, driving records, education completion, and professional references.