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Executive Director of Bluffton Public Development Corporation

The Executive Director performs highly professional, administrative and technical work coordinating the public development efforts of the Town of Bluffton and the Bluffton Public Development Corporation. Work is performed under the general direction of the Town Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of the specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Serves as Executive Director of the Bluffton Public Development Corporation and works with the Board of Directors to produce and implement a Strategic Plan.

Develops and implements programs identified in the Strategic Plan and others necessary to support public development in the Town of Bluffton.

Oversees the Town’s public development planning and implementation efforts and coordinates with private sector and other governmental agencies.

Evaluates local resources, needs, goals and opportunities and aggressively promotes businesses in the Town of Bluffton.

Acts as business recruitment and commercial development facilitator for the Town as well as focus on the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

Ensures the collection and provision of useful data to businesses and individuals in making investment decisions as well as advises the Town Manager regarding capital improvements and funding mechanisms for projects that serve as a catalyst for economic development and redevelopment programs.

Represents the Town in meetings with Federal, State, and County agencies and coordinates with other economic development agencies.

Markets Town-owned buildings and land suitable for economic development related investment.

Other Skills and Abilities

Extensive knowledge of economic research studies, business recruitment and retention/expansion programs, the principles of economic development.

Knowledge of real estate marketing, land development, and business principles.

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration with 10 or more years of extensive professional experience in economic development, real estate development, business administration, or community development.  An equivalent combination of education, experience and appropriate training may be considered.

Special Requirements

International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer designation or National Development Council Economic Development Finance Professional or American Planning Association American Institute of Certified Planners designation preferred.

Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of South Carolina.

Salary is negotiable based on experience. EOE. We offer excellent benefits and a great place to work.

Please visit the Town of Bluffton’s website at for a complete job description and to complete and submit the required Town of Bluffton Employment Application.  



Job Title: Project Manager, Business Development Services

Position Reports To: Director. Business Development Services

The following activities represent the key duties and responsibilities for a Project Manager within the Business Development Services division.   Primary duties include assisting the business development team with lead generation and executing tactics within the program of work for the Charlotte Regional Partnership.  A Project Manager has outstanding and relevant academic credentials, experience engaging with diverse group of clients, investors and other members of staff.    

An excellent attitude and aptitude for learning new things is required.  This position does require limited travel within the region, state, and from time to time conferences across the United States.

Project Managers report directly to the Director, Business Development Services, but may also work at the direction of senior management.  Ability to be resourceful and detailed is required, and Project Managers should approach every task as a learning activity. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  -Assist business development services team with project organization, research, coordination and client delivery;

-Attend project meetings and client meetings where time permits;

 -Respond to and manage selected business development projects;

-Work with local economic developers to manage projects on behalf of CRP;

 -Coordinate and execute lead development system;

 -Work with internal and external stakeholders to improve our proactive and reactive efforts

  -Actively be engaged in international, national and regional economic development business organizations including, but not limited to, IEDC, NCEDA and SCEDA

 -Contributes to the efficiency of the Charlotte Regional Partnership by performing other duties and participating in special projects as needed

Knowledge and/or Experience

This person should have an undergraduate degree from a respected college or university; professional certification (CEcD) and/or a master’s degree are a plus, but are not required.  This person should have previous experience in an economic development environment (or a combination of economic development and related) characterized by steadily increasing responsibilities; direct experience with significant business attractions.   Time spent in a regional EDO is a plus. 

This candidate will need to be a self-starter with a strong sense of urgency; a flair for selling value-added ideas and concepts to diverse clients and stakeholders; an unwavering advocacy for regionalism; experience with a broad spectrum of economic development functions including domestic and international lead generation and prospect management, retention and expansion tools, and technology commercialization.  They must have outstanding communication skills; be an effective writer and public speaker; an active listener; someone who can enhance the communication loop and local developers through early involvement, timely information updates and strong follow through; a consensus builder.

For interested candidates, please send a cover letter and resume to   





Lancaster County, a diverse and fast growing community located just south of the burgeoning Charlotte metro area seeks a visionary and experienced economic development professional to lead a newly established Economic Development Department.  At 555 square miles and a population rapidly approaching 90,000, Lancaster County has room to grow.  The ideal candidate will work to create a comprehensive economic development strategy and begin a process to build partnerships with various state, regional and local development agencies, educational institutions, cities, and neighborhoods.  This person will work closely with stakeholders in the community, including business and civic leaders.  New offices are in place and a sizable annual appropriation has been established by the Lancaster County Council to ensure adequate support staff and the ability for the new Director to “hit the ground running”. 

Salary negotiable DOQ/E; Upper range $110K; Position reports to County Administrator. Minimum qualifications: BS/BA; 5 - 8 years of economic development experience. CEed certification preferred. Candidates should possess skills in collaboration, negotiating, making public presentations, plus an ability to utilize technology in pursuit of economic investment.   

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at This position is open until filled; First review deadline is April 19, 2016.  For more information, please contact Art Davis:, 816.868.7042, or at EOE


Director of Logistics Industry Initiatives

Position Summary

The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness is seeking a Director of Logistics Industry Initiatives.  The successful candidate will be a dynamic and energetic collaborator whose primary mission will be to build statewide coalitions to facilitate the strategic growth and development of the logistics industry cluster in South Carolina.  The successful candidate will understand and work closely with private firms within the industry and coordinate with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and other relevant agencies, regional and local economic development entities, educational partners, and existing associations impacting the work of the logistics community.  The Director will build on the work of the existing TDL Council but will be tasked with mapping and leading the targeted evolution of the organization and its activities to directly contribute to South Carolina’s position as a logistics leader.


Job Responsibilities

The Director of Logistics Industry Initiatives will map, connect, manage, and market the South Carolina Logistics Industry Cluster in collaboration with partners across the state

Mapping the Logistics Cluster

Define South Carolina’s logistics cluster and develop a close understanding of the different types of firms and assets that comprise the cluster

-Identify the assets within the state that serve and nurture the cluster (infrastructure, education, capital, etc).  --- Identify the gaps or weaknesses within the logistics ecosystem.  Develop plans to maintain and expand the assets and mitigate or address the weaknesses

-Commission and guide studies related to the logistics cluster to provide information related to:  who the companies are, revenue, employment, key contacts, location, branch or single locations, economic impact, etc.

Identify the Individual companies operating within the cluster in the state; develop a questionnaire or set of data elements to collect on each company; collect and maintain company data and contact information

-Gather and maintain ongoing competitive intelligence on other states and regions undertaking similar work.  Mine information for best practices and ideas to implement.  Track activities and project announcements within the industry.

Connecting the Logistics Cluster


·         Regularly visit individual companies to determine the issues that are important to their growth.  Assess leadership capacity and interest in participating in cluster activities.


·         Become aware of services and programs partners have to offer and promote them to companies which are good candidates.  Broker and connect companies with the service providers.


·         Cultivate an ally and partner network that leads to regular convening of cluster stakeholders.  Create a connected community of stakeholders who know each other and the services each organization offers.


·         Attend events across the state that will lead to the strengthening of connections with industry leaders or partner organizations.  Be visible and approachable.



Managing the Logistics Cluster

·         In conjunction with the President & CEO, set priorities and develop a work plan including focus areas and activities of the cluster.

·         Organize and convene periodic high-value meetings of companies within the cluster with executive-level participation

·         Assemble an advisory board comprised of appropriate representation of the firms within the state that reflects a diversity of interests.

·         Maintain, further develop, and solicit partner and sponsor investments in the work of the South Carolina logistics cluster initiative.

·         Become knowledgeable of private and public entities with potential funding to support efforts and assist in grant writing efforts and grant administration to secure financial resources.

·         Manage and meet accountability requirements for external grants, contracts, or other funding resources secured to support the development of the South Carolina logistics cluster.

·         Manage and oversee the execution of the SC Council on Competitiveness’s engagement in statewide conferences or other events aimed at promoting and connecting the South Carolina logistics cluster.


Marketing the Logistics Cluster

·         Become recognized as a trusted resource regarding the state of the industry in the state

·         Read periodicals and e-content related to the industry to follow trends, news and uncover potential economic develop leads

·         Write and collect content relevant to the industry; post relevant items on social media platforms

·         Compile content for a  newsletter for the industry and industry stakeholders

·         Draft regular articles about industry issues for publication in state business publications.


·         Represent the logistics cluster and the SC Council on Competitiveness through speaking engagements and other public events, as requested

·         Write reports and summaries of activities and maintain data on results for purposes of performance tracking and accountability.

Essential Skills and Experience

·         5 – 7 years demonstrated experience in organizing, community development or economic development related field 

·         Independent and self-directed with a demonstrated ability to scope a project, set goals and execute

·         Knowledge of economic development practices, organizations, and their interactions  

·         Familiarity with industry cluster development and innovation within an economic development context

·         Experience building impactful multi-sector collaborations; an ability to work both independently and as a part of a diverse team

·         Comfort interacting with C-Level executives in both private and public entities

·         Comfort with economic data and ability to draw upon data sources and analysis in developing actionable work plans

·         Outstanding organizational skills and a willingness to handle administrative as well as managerial responsibilities

·         Ability to travel frequently, within South Carolina (regularly) and nationally (occasionally)

·         A bachelor’s degree or relevant certification  in business, economics, finance, public policy, or a related field

·         Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation)

About the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, business-led non-profit organization committed to advancing the long-term economic competitiveness of our state, industries, and citizens.  Our work is accomplished through:

·         Actionable research on opportunities and threats to South Carolina’s competitiveness;

·         Support of industry clusters that provide South Carolina a competitive advantage;

·         Education and workforce development initiatives that ensure all South Carolina’s citizens are equipped to compete in a global economy.

We execute our work through partnerships, recognizing that our state’s economic success is secured through sustained collaboration among the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors.  For more information, visit


The Director of Logistics Industry Initiatives is a contract position renewable annually and reporting to the President  & CEO of the SC Council on Competitiveness.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining his/her interest in the position and working with the SC Council on Competitiveness to  No phone calls please.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.  Only candidates with whom an interview is requested will be contacted.


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