Economic Development Director Opportunity – Delaware County, OH
Delaware County, Ohio – the State’s fastest growing County and home to some of Ohio’s brightest businesses, best attractions, and happiest residents – is seeking a new Economic Development Director. Delaware County is where flourishing farmland meets suburban comfort and urban amenities. Delaware County offers businesses plentiful land ready for development, plus a variety of neighborhood communities and job opportunities for families looking to relocate. It is part of the 11-county Columbus Region, one of the most dynamic and diverse metropolitan areas in the United States. Central Ohio is known for its talented workforce and great market access and is considered a great value for each dollar invested.
Delaware County Economic Development is a resource for businesses. They provide assistance with strategic planning, site selection, marketing, business retention, expansion services, small business support, supporting the Delaware County Finance Authority, and working with other organizations that promote smart growth policies for the community. Their goal is to promote smart and strategic growth that will protect and enhance the quality of life that their residents and business owners value so highly. The Director leads the County’s efforts to attract businesses, which can include site selection and development agreements. The director works closely with community partners and external stakeholders, including state, regional, and local organizations as well as elected leaders. They also represent the jurisdictions within the County that do not have economic development staff of their own.
The ideal Economic Development Director is an effective decision-maker who solves problems creatively, demonstrates sound judgment, and provides thoughtful recommendations to County leadership. Experience working in complex local government organizations and administering economic development tools such as Revolving Loan Funds, Enterprise Zones, Joint Economic Districts, Community Reinvestment Areas, and Tax Increment Financial Programs is required.
Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or related field combined with a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in economic development program design, execution and management with a demonstrated ability to manage and lead subordinate personnel OR a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development, Business Administration, Marketing or related field plus a minimum of ten (10) experience. Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis and you are encourage to submit your application as soon as possible.
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