The Chief Economic Development Officer is responsible for managing the Economic Development Division of a fast-paced, non-profit Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Organization (Chamber & EDC) located in Colorado Springs. The Chief Economic Development Officer serves as the primary point of contact for economic development and assertively engages with site selectors, company executives, business owners, brokers, and public officials to encourage companies to locate or expand in the region.
The Chief Economic Development Officer’s primary responsibilities include managing the Economic Development staff; developing, implementing, and directing economic development programs, including business retention, expansion, and attraction; and ensuring the Chamber & EDC is engaged in community-industry workforce initiatives. The Chief Economic Development Officer provides additional support of other programs of the Chamber & EDC, as directed by the Chief Executive Officer.
Develop and implement strategies to support local businesses to improve the local economy.
Create, enhance, and nurture relationships with senior executives of employers, with an emphasis on major and primary employers.
Customer-driven response resolution: work closely with key community partners to address and resolve the issues that are raised by employers.
Supervise issue resolution efforts identified through the business retention and expansion (BRE) program and collaborate with other entities to resolve these issues.
Engage with the Chamber & EDC’s Economic Development Advisory Council to gather market information, discuss projects, and identify important industry issues and policy suggestions to Chamber & EDC staff, the Chamber & EDC Board of Directors, or community partners.
Oversee the development and implementation of strategies for recruiting employers to the Colorado Springs region, with an emphasis on major and primary employers
Assess, advance, and implement feasible recommendations in the Winning in Colorado Springs and El Paso County strategic plan.
Participate in company visits, industry, and trade shows and conferences to build presence and relationships with site selectors, industry leaders, and company executives.
Oversee the development and maintenance of relationships with site selection consultants, prospects, local business owners, and key stakeholders and members.
Oversee the development and implementation of strategies for workforce initiatives, identifying the role the Chamber & EDC can play, to help provide local employers with labor force for their current and future needs.
Ensure engagement with local employers to understand their needs.
Ensure engagement with educators, the Workforce Center, and other entities to convey employers’ needs to work together to implement solutions.
Engage with regional partners – El Paso County, municipalities, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs Airport, Regional Building Department, and other community agencies – on target industry prospects, initiatives, and programs.
Engage with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade on target industry prospects, incentives, initiatives, and programs.
Engage with community partners to support local entrepreneurs, with resources, education, and business community culture.
Provide regular reports to the Board and other stakeholder groups on the programs and results of the Economic Development Divison.
Represent the Chamber & EDC to members, business leaders, elected officials, community leaders, and the public. Maintain and nurture relationships with Chamber & EDC members and partner organizations. Maintain an active awareness and knowledge of broad community issues.
Develop, propose, and manage the annual budget and work plan for the Economic Development Division.
Lead and manage Economic Development staff, including all aspects from hiring to performing reviews to taking corrective actions.
Serve as a member of the CEO’s Senior Team to discuss, advise, support company actions, policies, and strategies.
Work with the Membership and Events team to encourage businesses to become members of the Chamber & EDC.
Participate in community events to represent or promote the Chamber & EDC, the business community, and/or the community at-large.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Has articulated a clear vision for economic development and success in previous organizations in advancing results with outstanding outcomes in attracting jobs and capital investment.
Experience and knowledge of the national economic development structures that play large roles in the attraction of jobs and capital investment – site consultants, trade organizations, etc.
Marketing experience in developing an effective story and case for investment regarding a city/region, and success developing and executing the plan to achieve goals and objectives for economic expansion.
Experience developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with state and local elected officials.
Understanding the methodology of strategizing successful programs for economic development, government affairs, education, and community initiatives.
The ideal candidate must continue to build, strengthen, and energize a high-performance staff that can successfully implement and manage current and future initiatives while providing a collaborative and empowering environment.
Professional experience with public relations, media relations, and public speaking.
Successful experience forging productive alliances across private, public, and governmental sectors and leading public/private partnerships.
A high level of personal integrity and solid values reflected in both professional and personal
Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire others to achieve mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships while ensuring the highest performance standards.
A skilled listener who is able to build and sustain open, objective, and mutually productive relationships and partnerships.
Bright and creative, a leader who is capable of soliciting and managing multiple, diverse, and conflicting points of view in order to create consensus and direction.
Possess a disciplined thought process and a decisive manner, combined with a high degree of energy, engagement, and enthusiasm that can be communicated and instilled throughout the organization
Proven ability to execute a complex, multi-faceted plan, build and sustain momentum, persevere, and stay the course, and maintain active and on-going stakeholder engagement and communication.
About Jorgenson Consulting
With over 27 years' of experience, Jorgenson Consulting is a leading national executive search firm serving organizations in non-profit, economic and community development organizations.