Economic Development Director
Development Director performs difficult professional and
administrative work involving the marketing, business development and
recruitment efforts associated with economic development. The Director
advises the City Manager and Council on emerging and existing economic
development issues and performs other tasks as assigned by the
City Manager. The Director
may also present to local civic and business groups on proposed economic
development agreements. Work is performed under the general
supervision of the City Manager.
The Economic Development Director
will administer economic development programs for the city. While they deal
with individual businesses on individual situations, they maintain a
macro-level perspective on the city’s economy. Competitive candidates will
demonstrate a strategic focus, and be prepared to study market trends and apply
their expert judgment to opportunities and threats facing the local economy.
Tax and Incentive Policies
To ensure that businesses are
treated fairly, economic development directors write city policy governing how
tax and other incentives will be awarded to Radford businesses. These policies will
dictate what sort of economic impact must be reasonably expected in order for
businesses to qualify for particular incentives.Economic development policies
are ultimately approved by the city council. Deviations from policy are also
brought to the city council for approval.
Emphasis on Economic Impact
While our Economic development
director must focus most of his or her time on businesses that provide
significant economic impact, she or he must not neglect our proud and supportive
small businesses which provide the welcoming small town cultural milieu so important to making Radford a
destination City. However, it is
understood that Radford must mostly concern itself with established
corporations who can provide substantial job opportunities to existing and new
residents. In the long run, hundreds of new jobs mean new housing construction,
more retail establishments and more city revenue.
Recruitment of New Businesses
Our Economic Development Director will solicit and visit
prospective business and industry seeking to locate within the City of Radford,and
provide feedback to the City Manager and Council on the needs and concerns of
the City’s business community.City
leaders must recruit businesses to locate their operations within the city
limits.They often do this in conjunction with strategic recruitment partners.While
deciding where to locate a business is primarily a numbers-driven decision,
other factors can weigh on the decision. In addition to tax incentives
available by policy, city and local business leaders, led by the Economic
Development Director, will tout a city’s existing workforce, educational
institutions, infrastructure, parks and arts scene. In his or her capacity as Director
of Economic Development, he or she will serve as senior staff
support to the Radford City Economic Development Authority (EDA)
Maintenance of Up-to-Date Inventory
Maintain an up-to-date inventory of
available properties for businesses to occupy including retail space,
industrial space and open land. Every effort will be made to match businesses
to available space so that business owners can picture their businesses opening
in, moving to or expanding in Radford.
Strengthening Existing Businesses
In addition to bringing in new
businesses, our economic development director will look to strengthen the
businesses already located in the city. She or he will work to persuade
businesses to remain where they are and expand operations when appropriate.
Losing an existing business is worse than having a new business choose to
locate elsewhere. Missing out on a new business means no economic impact.
Losing an existing business means adverse economic impact.
The Economic Development Director serves as a City
representative on numerous local and regional economic development
organizations such as the Radford University/Radford City Joint Commission for
Community Development, the Radford Chamber of Commerce and the aforementioned
Radford Economic Development Authority.
be given to candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in economic development,
urban planning, marketing, business administration or public administration.
development experience is required. Supervisory experience would be helpful
when relating to business owners and upper level managers Private sector
experience will be considered useful. A valid Virginia driver’s license is
required. The successful candidate must
be willing and able to, at times, travel extensively.
This is a
full-time position offering a full benefits package, including Health and
Retirement benefits. Salary will be commensurate with qualification and
Applications may be obtained on the City's website, www.radfordva.gov and returned to Human Resources, 10 Robertson Street, Radford, VA 24141. Deadline: Open until filled.
The City of Radford is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Location/Region: Radford, VA