Sr. Economic Development Coordinator
Summary: This position develops and establishes economic development programs and practices that lead to private sector projects in the City of Bloomington, resulting in capital investment, job creation, expanded tax base, creative and niche development, recreation and entertainment venues and other quality developments. The Senior Economic Development Coordinator reports to the Economic & Community Development Director. This position works cooperatively with the Economic Development Council for the Bloomington Normal Area (EDC), and coordinates efforts between diverse individuals and groups including elected officials, City staff, the business community, brokers, organizations dedicated to local economic development, citizens and citizen groups, utilities and other governmental bodies to facilitate economic development in the City of Bloomington. The Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies utilizing a wide variety of media and appropriate methods.
The Senior Economic Development Coordinator works in a manner, keeping with the City’s mission, vision and values.
Essential Functions: This list may not include all tasks and/or knowledge which may be expected of the employee, nor does it cover all specific duties which may be required. Other duties may be assigned.
Reasonable accommodations may be available to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Establishes City economic development programs and practices that lead to private sector projects in the City of Bloomington resulting in capital investment, job creation, expanded tax base, creative and niche development, recreation and entertainment venues and other quality developments.
- Establishes the City’s retail economic development programs and practices to enhance the retail economic vitality of Downtown Bloomington, Veterans Parkway corridor and other areas.
- Acts as a City economic development strategist and provides assistance in the development of short and long-term economic and community development plans as well as the gathering of information and preparation of studies, reports and recommendations to achieve such goals.
- Acts as a liaison between potential investors/developers and the EDC, City staff, the City Council and Mayor, other governmental bodies, brokers, citizen groups, and utilities to facilitate economic development objectives and provide economic development advice.
- Oversees and participates in the negotiations of comprehensive development agreements between the City and the private sector, evaluates fiscal impacts, communicates decisions and presents reports and agreements to City Manager and City Council.
- Provides oversight for TIF districts and development agreements, including the tracking and distribution of incentive payments.
- Reinforces the working relationships between the City, the EDC, the Bloomington – Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bloomington – Normal Association of Realtors, the Downtown Bloomington Associations, and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. May serve as a City representative to various organizations, task forces and committees related to economic development.
- Assists the EDC Staff by providing updated data and information on Bloomington sites and buildings for the Location One Information System (LOIS) and provides information in response to RFIs.
- Maintains strong working relationships with the general public, area businesses, potential investors and developers, brokers, the media and others.
- Provides information to, including making presentations to City Council, boards, commissions, civic groups, businesses and individuals regarding economic development issues, programs, services and plans.
- Formulates and implements marketing and business attraction strategies for the City.
- Directs the production of written and electronic publications, newsletters, brochures, fliers, magazine and journal articles, visual presentations, and City-wide award entries to enhance the City’s image and to publicize and promote City services and issues.
- Provides input to and content for the City’s website to make it useful to potential developers and provide them with helpful information pertaining to economic development.
1) Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree with coursework in Economic Development, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, or a closely related field. At least 4 years of progressively responsible, related experience. Master’s degree in related field preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.