Job Details
Title Economic Development Director
Company Putnam Development Authority
Location Eatonton, GA
Description

The Economic Development Director manages and oversees the daily activities and operations of the Putnam Development Authority (PDA). Specifically, these activities include marketing industrial and commercial property for prospective development, prospect and industry recruiting, building relationships with industry contacts, and negotiating with industry representatives to encourage location and job creation in Eatonton-Putnam County as well as the daily operations of the Putnam Development Authority. This position is expected to perform at a high level with the ability to locate industries and commercial development. The successful candidate will be selected by and report to the Putnam Development Authority Board of Directors.

COMMUNITY BACKGROUND

Putnam County is in the heart of Georgia’s Lake Country 75 miles southeast of Atlanta and only18 miles south of I-20. Putnam County is dissected by Highways U.S.441 & 29 and Ga. 44 & 16. The population is 21,218 and is a Certified Work Ready Community. Eatonton-Putnam County is located within three and half hours of the Savannah port.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Plans strategies to attract new businesses and encourage expansion and retention of existing business to promote a stronger economic base.

Markets available properties to all prospects

Provides economic, demographic, and job market information to all prospects.

Assists with preparation of requests/applications for procurement of grant or loan funding from other public/private entities, to undertake financial assistance programs, projects, and/or activities including, county infrastructure improvements/services, and for-profit/non-profit facilities and services.

Plans and prepares documentation to secure financial assistance for the PDA and to the extent necessary, directly supervises and administers projects/activities funded within the PDA to ensure implementation with applied skill that compels proper/timely contracting, regulatory compliance, budgeting/accounting and monitoring/reporting.

Creates and negotiates incentive agreements and contracts with prospects within guidelines set by the Authority.

Identifies and targets businesses and industries that are compatible to Eatonton-Putnam County

Represents the PDA at meetings, presentations, trades show, and through development of proposals and promotional materials.

Reports to the PDA on prospect activity, incentive negotiations, and project status.

Coordinates economic development activities of the PDA with the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, other government agencies, surrounding communities, Eatonton-Putnam Tourism Arts & Heritage Foundation, private enterprise, civic groups, and the general public.

Coordinate activities with other local agencies addressing workforce and training issues.

Identifies potential properties to expand Authority industrial parks and inventory.

Work with the PDA board to develop policies and procedures and evaluate program effectiveness.

Use software programs of respective entities for reporting of grant administration, website updates, compliance reporting, budgeting/accounting, and monitor/reporting.

Prepare and present a work program and budget to the PDA board of directors annually, complete required reports and administrative duties in the day to day operations of the PDA, and performs related work as required.

 

Requirements

MINIMUM TRAINING AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Requires possession of a bachelor’s degree preferably with advanced degree, in Business or Public Administration, Marketing, or closely related area.

Economic development experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which demonstrates the requisite skills and abilities.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must have the ability to travel, physically operate vehicles safely, and possess a valid Georgia driver’s license.

SALARY

This is a Full-Time position and compensation will be based on qualifications and the current county pay scale.

Contact

Interested, qualified candidates please send resume and cover letter (electronic submissions only) to lbutterworth@putnamcountyga.us

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Date Posted 10/29/2019
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