SVEDC Now Hiring Economic Development Specialist
1. Business Retention and Expansion. Typical responsibilities: answer inquiries and make referrals concerning small-business loans; advise businesses with expansion plans of various market development, financing, job training, and business planning resources; evaluate business expansion potential of a community; coordinate with state, federal and regional sources to assist in business expansion; provide technical assistance to local governments in identifying business expansion by planning adequate infrastructure. Assist with business retention and expansion programs, as well as business start up and recruitment efforts.
2. Entrepreneurial Development. Assist entrepreneurs by providing direct support to new business start-ups through counseling, problem-solving, advocacy and referrals. Coordinate business training workshops; assess need for training and workshops for existing and potential local entrepreneurs and businesses.
3. Business Recruitment. Typical responsibilities: provide site location information to businesses interested in locating in the Silver Valley; research specific site information and coordinate inquiries with local and state government officials; establish a network of private and public contacts to market the Silver Valley as a business expansion or relocation site; prepare cost, marketing, and resource comparisons to recruit businesses; research might include information on regional utility rates, labor costs, fringe benefits, tax rates, worker's compensation, transportation costs, land use, and capital formation resources and training programs; develop, update, edit, and oversee distribution of informational marketing publications to promote a positive business climate; conduct workshops and make presentations to business to facilitate economic development, prepares news releases and works with media to promote feature story coverage of ED-related activity and accomplishment.
4. Coordination and Liaison. Typical responsibilities: work with the board of directors, local units of government, chambers of commerce, and local development groups along with regional and state organizations on a broad range of economic development activities; serve as liaison with various governmental agencies, local community groups, and private sector organizations; acts as a community advocate in expanding new business; maintains client/network contact list.
5. Program Administration. Typical responsibilities: develops annual work plan, provides monthly accomplishment reports, prepares annual investor invoices and cover letters, and prepares and submits monthly reimbursement vouchers. Identify potential granting agencies and match with possible businesses, and assist the SVEDC Board in obtaining funds through the writing of grants and other fund-raising activities. Assist the Board in setting and prioritizing goals and objectives.
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