Economic Development Coordinator – Fairfield County Economic and Workforce Development
Help Central Ohio grow with this new position at Fairfield County Economic and Workforce Development. As the fourth fastest growing county in the state, Fairfield County is well positioned to capitalize on the growth of the Columbus region. This position will serve as the main point of contact between developers and county departments to help ensure a smooth process with developments. The position will also respond to development leads from regional and statewide economic development partners to help bring new companies and jobs to Fairfield County. This individual will help identify properties for growth in the county and develop plans with utility and transportation partners to make these properties shovel ready. Position is based in Carroll, Ohio, just 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, and some remote work would be available.
30% Serve as primary point of contact for developers. Coordinate meetings with development stakeholders including county engineer, county utilities, county soil and water, regional planning, township and village representatives, emergency services, and other utility providers (ie. broadband, electric, and gas). Conduct all meetings and follow up with partners to ensure development is progressing as planned.
30% Utilize land use plan and economic development strategic plan to identify developable properties and assist in making properties shovel ready. This includes working with utility providers, village and township officials, and the engineer’s office to understand barriers to development and develop plans to fund needed improvements. Work with Economic Development team to market the properties for development.
20% Respond to leads from regional and state partners to match properties to interested developers or businesses. Input information into Sales Force for tracking purposes for regional and state partners. Understand barriers for development for leads to build plans to better meet needs of potential projects.
10% Update and manage properties in ZOOM Prospector and Catylist. This includes maintaining a matrix of information regarding ability of site to serve various industrial projects. Attend township trustee meetings, village meetings, and county meetings to better understand the needs of the communities.
10% Attend regional economic development meetings to network with developers and understand their needs and how Fairfield County can meet those needs.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Economic Development, Public Administration, planning, or other related field required.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and support materials for meetings. Ability to effectively present information to stakeholders and lead meetings with developers, utility providers, townships and villages, and other development professionals. Ability to follow up with meeting participants to ensure action items are completed. Ability to manage multiple projects and maintain information about various properties. Must be able to maintain confidentiality with clients.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Financial background in public and private financing projects a plus. Interpret capacity, acreage, and other needs of developers in responding to project requests. Ability to understand financial incentives for businesses looking to develop in Fairfield County.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, understand developer needs and how they can be met, and manage multiple projects to achieve goals.
TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Ability to use Microsoft Office software; mapping programs to review and illustrate properties for development, CRM software, and financial reporting software.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Must have a driver’s license to travel to sites, businesses, and meetings. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
Agency: Fairfield County Ohio
210 E. Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio, 43130
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