Economic Development Manager



Position Title: Economic Development Manager FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: City Manager

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Persons in this position perform various responsible professional and technical duties in support of the City Manager, Director of Planning, and the City Council. Work involves the initiation and implementation of economic development programs, including collecting and reporting data on the City's economy, attracting new businesses, promoting and marketing the assets of the City, and being an effective partner with local merchants, the University of Maryland, and other economic development groupsMust be solution-oriented and able to exercise considerable independence. Must be well versed in methods to accomplish the goals listed above.

Reports to the City Managerwho assigns and reviews work for compliance with goals and objectives and quality of results.


The following duties are typical for this classificationNot all the listed duties may be required. and other duties may be required or assigned.

Develops and implements strategies and plans to retain and attract desired development and businesses to the City of College Park.

Develops relationships with and assists existing businesses with retention and expansion needs.

Refers businesses and entrepreneurs to resources such as the Small Business Development Center SBDC and other agencies for business support such as the development of business plans, loan and grant programs, and other resources. Develops relationships and works closely with local business associations such as chambers of commerce, business improvement districts (BIDs), and economic development agencies.

Assists businesses with obtaining required licensing and permitting. Assists developers with identifying development opportunities, obtaining incentives, problem-solving, and brokering.

Manages the City's Revitalization Tax Credit program.

Oversees the City's fa<;;ade and other business assistance grant programs.

Coordinates with the Farmer's Market Manager to plan and implementsuccessful farmersmarkets in the City.

Coordinates any food truck activity within the City.

Acts as liaison to the Downtown College Park Management Authority to coordinate and support activities, initiativesand meetings.

Coordinates the Shop Local annual event and other events, workshops, and roundtables to promote small businesses.

Consu Its regularly with local officialsbusinesses, developers, and civic leaders on development trends and commercial retention opportunities.

Develops, prepares, and updates short- and long-range economic development plans and reportscollects data, writes administrative reports, makes presentations to Mayor and Council, local businessesand other interested parties.

Promotes an effective relationship between the City and local businesses.

Supports the City Manager and the Director of Planning in matters related to economic development, commercial revitalization, and the economic health and business environment in College Park.

Represents the City in the community as required.


Technical Knowledge and Experience:

Federal, State, County, and local economic development programs, incentives, and strategies.

Principles and methods of economic development planning, market research, business finance, and zoning.

Data sources and the ability to compile and analyze data and develop strategies informed by data analysis.

Real estate market and practice.

Windows and current Microsoft Office programs and Outlook, Word Pressand lnDesign.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to operate various office equipment including computers, cameras, facsimilecopying, and scanning machines.

Ability to transport oneself to a variety of meetings and events. Ability to maintain regular attendance at work and required events.

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Language Ability & Interpersonal Communications:

Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely to a range of different audiences and for different purposes.

Ability to deal effectively with all levels of City government, residentsstaff, officials from State and local government, and community agencies.

Ability to research and prepare various reports, communicationsspecial projects, correspondence, and other documents.

Ability to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Environmental Adaptability

Most work is performed indoors in an office environment.


Bachelor's degree in urban planningeconomic developmenteconomics, political science, business administration or related fieldA minimum of five years of professional experience in economic developmentor an equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilitiesMasters degree and/or certification in Economic Development preferred'

College Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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