Responsible to the Director of Planning and Zoning for the efficient implementation and management of a comprehensive economic development program; manages and supervises the work of employees/contractors in the division in developing and implementing program activities; coordinates the activities of the division by building effective working relationships with other division(s), City departments, Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and other partners; markets and recruits new businesses to the City; helps retain existing businesses; and assists new and existing businesses in navigating permitting, licensing and regulatory processes.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Develops, promotes and executes a comprehensive Economic Development Plan for the City which guides efforts for recruiting new businesses and employers, building the tax base and retaining existing businesses;
Hires contractors related to specific economic development projects and programs and oversees their work;
Manages the Economic Development Division in the Department of Planning and Zoning;
Actively and strategically markets Annapolis; supports the growth of the traditional business centers and the maritime industry;
Serves as grants administrator, liaison, and representative to programs such as the Main Street program in partnership with Main Streets Annapolis and the Arts and Entertainment District;
Assists existing and new companies by identifying financing tools available in County, State and Federal programs;
Partners with the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation to market the City and to recruit and retain businesses;
Builds effective coalitions with business associations for the promotion and support of new and existing businesses;
Supports tourism as a function of economic development and works closely with the Convention and Visitors Bureau and other key partners;
Develops programs to service traditional business districts within the City and helps address concerns or challenges as they arise;
Compiles and maintains critical information desired by potential business prospects, such as economic data, land and structure information, market data and business support resources in order to provide a consistent and reliable source of information about benefits of locating to Annapolis;
Coordinates special events, seminars, and conferences as deemed appropriate for economic development;
Promotes sustainable economic development and ensures that diverse business and job opportunities are accessible and relevant to all segments of the community;
Develops advertising and media placement plans in conjunction with the Communications Officer; initiates and follows-up on prospects and contacts; makes visits to interested businesses and firms;
Introduces potential businesses and firms to resources and advantages of the City, both in general and with specific locations;
Maintains contact with local and regional organizations having shared interest in economic development within the City and region;
Works with City staff to assist businesses to successfully navigate permit, licensing and regulatory processes;
Performs related work as required.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in business, planning, real estate or a related field; and five (5) years of considerable related experience in commercial and industrial real estate development and business financing.
Consent to chemical substance screening consistent with mandated Federal, State and City guidelines and programs to include drug and alcohol testing.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of planning, formulating, analyzing and implementing economic development programs and activities;
Thorough knowledge of funding sources, their interests and limitations, and real property resources and values;
Thorough knowledge of the location and other requirements of business firms operating in the City as well as of possible expansion needs.
Considerable knowledge of marketing, media and other avenues of recruiting business firms;
Ability to represent the City's program effectively in person, verbally or in writing. Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with economic development partners, entrepreneurs, financing sources, business associations and City and other public agencies;
Ability to operate small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems; and
Ability to operate computers for data entry, word processing and/or recordkeeping purposes.
The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
Balancing ability: sufficient to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
Dexterity ability: sufficient to pick, pinch, grasp, type, or otherwise work, primarily with fingers and palm rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
Handling ability: sufficient to pick, hold, or otherwise work, primarily with the whole hand.
Hearing ability: sufficient to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
Mental Acuity: sufficient to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
Reaching ability: sufficient to extend hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
Speaking ability: sufficient to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
Standing ability: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
Visual ability: sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
Walking ability: sufficient to move about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or move from one work site to another.
Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires the need to be sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs.
Candidates must complete a City of Annapolis application form. The application is on-line at www.annapolis.gov and must be filed by 11:59 pm on the closing date.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to political or religious opinion or affiliation, age, race, creed, color, sex, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identification, or genetic information. The City of Annapolis is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA Compliant Employer.
About City of Annapolis
Annapolis remains the hub of government activity. Not only was it the first municipality chartered in the colonies (by Queen Anne, in 1708), for a brief period of time, Annapolis was the capital of colonial America. George Washington resigned his commission as Commander in Chief of the Army here, and relinquished control of the new nation to a civilian style of government.
Annapolis is the county seat of Anne Arundel County, and Maryland’s capital. Lawmakers meet for the annual 90-day General Assembly Session in Annapolis. Elected leaders begin the legislative process at the State House on the second Wednesday in January.
The City Council is run by the mayor and eight alderpersons. Annapolis has been welcoming visitors for more than 300 years, and it remains a wonderful place to live, raise a family, work and establish a business. An estimated 4 million visitors annually indulge in our historic architecture, world-renowned cuisine, thriving maritime amenities and diverse cultural arts activities. Whether you come for the history, education, water or hospitality, there is always something happening in Annapolis for you to enjoy. In addition to providing a highly desirable qual...ity of life for every type of business and its workforce, these rich dimensions make Annapolis an excellent marketplace for businesses and entrepreneurs to offer goods and services of all descriptions.
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