Economic Development Coordinator



Position Title: Economic Development Coordinator FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:Persons in this position perform a variety ofresponsible professional and technical duties in support of the Director of PlanningCity Managerand the City Council. Work involves the initiation and implementation of economic development programs, including collecting and reporting data on the City's economy; attracting new businesses; promoting and marketing the assets of the City; and being an effective partner with local merchants, the University of Marylandand other economic development groupsMust be solution oriented and able to exercise considerable independence. Must be well versed in methods to accomplish the goals listed above.

Reports to the Director of PlanningCommunity and Economic Development who assigns and reviews work for compliance with goals and objectives and quality of results.


The following duties are typical for this classificationNot all the listed duties may be required, and other duties may be required or assigned.

Develops and implements strategies and plans to retain and attract desired businesses to the City of College Park.

Develops relationships with and assists existing businesses with retention and expansion needs.

Refers businesses and entrepreneurs to resources such as the Small Business Development Center SBDC and other agencies for business support such as the development of business plans, loan and grant programsand other resources. Develops relationships and works closely with local business associations such as chambers of commercebusiness improvement districts (BIDs), and economic development commissions.

Assists businesses with obtaining required licensing and permitting.

Assists developers with identifying and obtaining incentivesproblem solving, and brokering.

Managers the City's Revitalization Tax Credit program. Oversees the City's fa9ade and other grant programs.

Coordinates with the Farmer's Market Manager to plan and implement successful farmers' markets in the City.

Coordinates any food truck activity within the City.

Acts as liaison to the Downtown Business Association to coordinate and support activities, initiatives, and meetings.

Coordinates the Shop Local annual event and other events to promote small businesses. Consults regularly with local officials, businesses, developers, and civic leaders on development trends and commercial retention opportunities.

Develops, prepares and updates short- and long-range economic development reportscollects data, writes administrative reportsmakes presentations to Mayor and Council, local businessesand other interested parties.

Promotes an effective relationship between the City and local businesses.

Supports the City Manager and the Director of Planning in matters related to economic development and the economic environment in College Park. Assists with events, problem solving, reporting safety and security concerns, and identifying infrastructure repair needs.

Represents the City and its Planning and Economic Development Department in the community as required.


Technical Knowledge and Experience:

Federal, State, County, and local economic development programs, incentives, and strategies.

Principles and methods of economic development planning, market researchbusiness finance, and zoning.

Data sources and the ability to compile and analyze data and develop strategies

informed by data analysis.

Real estate market and practice.

Windows and current Microsoft Office programs and Outlook.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to operate a variety of office equipment including computers, cameras, facsimile, copying and scanning machines.

Ability to transport oneself to a variety of meetings and eventsAbility to maintain regular attendance at work and required events.

Language Ability & Interpersonal Communications:

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Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely to a range of different audiences and for different purposes.

Ability to deal effectively with all levels of City government, residents, staff, officials from State and local government, and community agencies.

Ability to research and prepare a wide variety of reports, communications, special projects, correspondence, and other documents.

Ability to read, understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Environmental Adaptability

Most work is performed indoors in an office environment.


Bachelor's degree in urban planning, economic development, economics, political science, business administration or related field; a minimum of two years' professional experience in economic development; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

College Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and cun·ent employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Approved:                             Date:           _ City Manager

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