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 Position Opening: Director, Investor and Public Relations


Position open until filled

Central SC stimulates economic expansion and facilitates job creation by promoting the City of Columbia and the surrounding 9-county region as a valuable location for businesses.  Central SC was founded in 1994 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public/private partnership seeking a Director for Investor and Public Relations.

Position Overview   

The main objective of this position is to raise funds to support the operations of the Central SC Alliance.  In order to accomplish this, the director must work to maintain and cultivate existing relationships while creating new relationships with public and private sector allies. 


This position reports directly to the President & CEO and VP for Economic Development & Operations.

Primary Duties

  • Responsible for retaining current private sector support and maintaining relationships with existing investors while looking for opportunities to increase the total level of support.
  • Arrange opportunities for partners to interact with and update Central SC staff on their company and services.
  • Engage investors on a consistent basis and provide updates on Central SC when appropriate.
  • Organize and host “lunch and learns” for investors and prospects.
  • Generate invoices for investors and ensure collection of accounts receivable in a timely manner.
  • Identify, cultivate and maintain prospective investor relationships to secure additional private sector support.
  • Assist in managing relationships with 10 public sector partners (9 counties and the City of Columbia), including quarterly invoicing, reporting and annual presentations to council.
  • Maintain and strengthen the social media presence for the company via Twitter, Linked-In and Facebook including identifying relevant news stories, posting updates, connecting with strategic companies and organizations, and for branding Central SC with economic development.
  • Improve awareness of Central SC by arranging for unique community relations opportunities (engagement with similar organizations and economic development projects, speaking and presenting at business and service clubs, interaction with the Chambers of Commerce, etc.).
  • Send out all press releases for project announcements and Central SC updates including assistance with developing quotes for the release.
  • Plan, organize and execute the Annual Meeting, Mid-Year Meeting and Holiday Drop-in events. This includes creating the Annual Report and Mid-Year Score Card, securing all sponsorships, food donations and catering, manage invitations and RSVP’s, and assisting with the development of the program agenda and presentation.
  • Work closely with the project team to ensure investors get visibility with prospects when possible.

Skills Required

  • Significant experience in fundraising and/or sales.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, social media platforms and Microsoft Dynamics CRM (or equivalent) for maintaining contact databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, including making presentations to corporate executives and local government officials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain external relationships in a strong team environment and work effectively with local and state public/private investors and allies.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects while utilizing strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to be a team player, willing to assist team members with assigned tasks.

Education Requirements

  • Minimum BA or BS Degree in Business, Marketing, Public Administration, Non-Profit Management or other relevant degree.

Submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirement to:

Tracy McMillin, VP Economic Development & Operations

Central SC Alliance, 1201 Main Street, Suite 100, Columbia SC 29201



Position Opening: VP, Business Development

Job Title: Vice President, Business Development
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Economic Development

The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nationally ranked regional EDO, representing 2.8 million residents across a 16 county, bi-state region, collectively marketed as Charlotte USA. We are seeking a Vice President, Business Development to actively, collaboratively and strategically attract new capital investment and job opportunities to the Charlotte regional market.

Position Description
The ideal candidate has outstanding relevant academic credentials; a proven track record of recruiting domestic and international clients; a keen sense of self-awareness; the ability to broadly navigate key expectations of private and public sector stakeholders; and the initiative to be a leader in the industry by building a globally competitive team that leverages intelligence and relationships to recruit businesses to Charlotte USA.

This position is expected to lead a team which currently includes two project managers and one project coordinator, as well as execute the CRP’s Program of Work as it’s written, while keeping an open mind to potential new opportunities as they arise. Substantial commitment to travel will be required, both domestically and internationally. Non-traditional hours to accommodate for time changes and deadlines may also be required. Familiarity with international business protocols is preferred. Fluency in a foreign language is not a requirement, however seen as a highly favorable skill.

This position reports directly to the SVP, but works very closely with all members of the CRP team.

Duties & Responsibilities

Business Development
 Actively develop new domestic and international business leads
 Host and support companies during their visits to the region
 Participate in organizations locally, statewide, and internationally to be visible in the profession
 Organize and facilitate domestic/international business development missions
 Lead and mentor a project management team to successfully manage deal flow

Strategic Engagement
 Implement recommendations of the Regional Strategic Plan to impact performance metrics
 Work with EDAC and other allies to improve our proactive and reactive efforts
 Contributes to the team by performing other duties and participating in special projects as needed

Professional Development
 Maintain and actively participate in consultant associations
 Attend SCEDA, NCEDA and/or IEDC events annually

If interested, please respond directly by sending a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Eligible candidates will be contacted after March 1st for interviews.
*No phone calls, please*


Position Opening:  Director, Research

 Job Title:                              Director, Research

Reports to:                          Vice President, Marketing & Research


The Charlotte Regional Partnership is a nationally ranked regional EDO representing 2.8 million residents across a 16 county, bi-state region, collectively marketed as Charlotte USA.  We are seeking a Director of Research to creatively, collaboratively and strategically transform data into knowledge that is vital for our economic development marketing and recruitment activities.  

Position Description

The ideal candidate possesses a naturally curious and inquisitive mind; critical thinking skills to analyze information and process the ability  to work in a deadline-driven environment.  This position is fast-paced and projects are varied but vital to this role is the understanding of regional/local economic development data and its sources.  Seen as crucial to our success, this role interacts with many functions of the organization.  The degree of accuracy, time-sensitivity, and collaborative nature of this position cannot be understated.  Having recently completed a Regional Strategic Plan, this position creates a unique opportunity for an individual to actively track the growth of a fast growing, dynamic economy.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Maintain information, perform basic research, and analyze information pertaining to the region;
  • Prepare project research for economic development prospects;
  • Prepare market research for publications, speeches, and collateral material used to promote the Charlotte USA brand;
  • Conduct proactive business development research to identify potential prospects for the team’s lead generation research;
  • Organize and manage knowledge management system
  • Communicate with the various economic development agencies in the region (and states) to learn of specific assets that help to market and promote the region;
  • Communicate with investors and additional resource organizations;
  • Participating in, and initiating, special projects as needed.

Preferred Skill Sets

  • Previous experience working in an economic development environment
  • Previous experience working with ESRI’s ArcView platform is helpful
  • Understanding of, and the ability to communicate labor force trends, industry clusters and their impact, as well as demographic trends to a wide spectrum of audiences
  • Ability to communicate effectively through reports and presentations
  • Proven track record of working effectively and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Self-motivated with dedication to execute projects from start to finish

If interested, please respond directly by sending a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to  Eligible candidates will be contacted after March 1st for interviews. 

*No phone calls, please*


Executive Vice President-Downtown Development Partnership JOB POSTING


All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to without regard to age, race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, or marital or veteran status or any other protected characteristic. 



Job Title: Executive Vice President-Downtown Spartanburg Development Partnership


Hiring Manager:  John Kimbrell, Executive Vice President  



Department:  Executive


Posting Date:  January 19, 2017


Posting Expiration Date:  February 17, 2017


Position Summary:

The Executive Vice President of the Downtown Development Partnership, in concert with public and private partners, will proactively lead economic development, recruitment and retention efforts in the Downtown Spartanburg, SC area. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·          Build and maintain partnerships with the City of Spartanburg (elected and non-elected officials), Chamber, Economic Futures Group, downtown property owners and potential investors

·         Consult with and yield to City of Spartanburg and Spartanburg County officials on issues, such as taxes, incentives, infrastructure and/or legal impediments to development; collaborate with local government officials to develop innovative attraction/incentive strategies

·          Create an organizational framework which will include the establishment of a tax-exempt, non-profit status and advisory board

·         Serve as one of the points of information for potential developers and investors

·         Compliment and work with appropriate parties to enhance downtown programming and vibrancy

·         Work with appropriate partners to effectively market the downtown “product”

·         Other duties as assigned and outlined on the job description


Required Education and/or Experience

·           Real Estate, economic development, finance, business or related experience (5+ years preferred)

·           A Bachelor’s Degree in related field

·            Excellent communication skills


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