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Marketing Manager

Laurens County Development Corporation – Laurens, SC


The Marketing Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s external and internal marketing strategy and communications activities. The ideal candidate will have outstanding communication skills both verbally and written, the ability to work directly with co-workers, clients and investors in a positive and professional manner and have an excellent attitude and aptitude for learning and understanding new and complex concepts and practices. Other essential functions include, but are not limited to: 

·         Monitors the collective economic development marketing efforts through various public and media contacts including the content of the organization’s website.

·         Coordinate effort to update and manage industrial site information on the LCDC website as well as

·         Maintain, manage and improve the LCDC’s social media outlets.

·         Create and maintain specialized marketing materials associated with industrial product. This includes both print and web-based materials.

·         Respond to Requests for Information (RFI) for relocation and expansion projects as they are received.

·         Responsible for conducting marketing research, competitive intelligence, data analysis and project planning.

·         Perform a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in the preparation and implementation of economic development plans, programs and marketing services for industrial and commercial retention and recruitment.

·         Write and disseminate press releases as necessary.

·         Participate in board and committee meetings

Qualification and Experience:

A bachelor’s degree is required.  Preferred in the fields of marketing, communication, business, economic development or a closely related field.  One year of experience in economic development, marketing, public relations and/or communication; or any equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.  Candidate must have a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, digital and multi-media channels (including social media networks).  A general understanding of local economic development principles and practices is a plus.

Job Type:  Full-time

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by September 7 to


Santee Cooper -Economic Development Specialist III

Requisition Number: 4234

Location: Moncks Corner

Position Type: Full-Time Regular

Recruiting Start Date: Aug 8, 2016

Recruiting End Date: Aug 26, 2016

Position Description

·  This position reports directly to the Manager of Economic Development and will be responsible for promoting business and economic development in the Authority’s service territory through product development, lead generation, marketing, relationship and project management.< frequent require may position>

Position Requirements

·  Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Economic Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering or Marketing is required.

·  Must have 1-2 years direct economic development experience and a minimum of 5-10 years of business development experience is required.

·  Experience in local economic development and knowledge of local government operations required.

Compensation Information
Salary range: EDS III  73,730-92,160-110,590 (min., mid., max.)

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Spartanburg Economic Futures Group – Director of Existing Industry
The Spartanburg Economic Futures Group is accepting applicants for the position of Director of Existing Industry through August 31, 2016. The position will develop and maintain industry relationships in order to assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses.  Job duties will also include the need to identify issues and potential problems and present any and all possible resolutions and/or connect the business with appropriate parties in an effort to address any barriers to success.  Timely follow up and follow through will be essential and the ability to manage all responsibilities with complete confidentiality is a must. For additional information, a job description and process for applying, please visit:


Job Title:          Existing Industry Manager

Department:      Lancaster County Department of Economic Development (LCED) Director

Location:           Lancaster, SC

Salary:               $55,000-$70,000

Position Summary: 

Develop and maintain relationships in order to assist in the retention and expansion of existing businesses.  Job duties will also include the need to identify issues and potential problems and present any and all possible resolutions and/or connect the business with appropriate parties in an effort to address any barriers to success.  Timely follow up and follow through will be essential and the ability to manage all responsibilities with complete confidentiality is a must.

Position Responsibilities: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND TASKS TO BE PERFORMED INCLUDE (estimated monthly time %)

·       Interview a minimum of 100 business/industry professionals per year.  Conduct plant/facility tours and gain a deeper understanding of local industry issues, trends and needs. (30%)

·       Develop and continually update an existing industry questionnaire which will be utilized to gather meaningful feedback during industry visits and interviews. Collect important contact/company information and establish a database which will assist in the identification of trends and provide direction to LCED staff. (15%)

·       Be engaged, visible and active in local industry events, programs and initiatives to become established as a primary resource for all industry related assistance and information. (15%)

·       Serve as LCED’s primary point of contact for all workforce development initiatives (15%)

·       Develop, organize, lead and sustain existing industry groups/committees to meet the ever evolving needs of our local industry. These efforts will include the establishment and coordination of local industry associations for manufacturing and corporate (office) sectors in the county. (10%)

·       Continually meet with local, regional and state entities to best understand any and all available resources to the business community (5%)

·       Provide monthly reports and an annual “State of Lancaster County Industry” report to outline industry findings, themes and trends. (5%)

·       Additional duties as assigned.  (5%)


·       2 – 5 years working within an organization like or similar to a chamber of commerce, economic development entity or business entity.

·       A bachelors, or related certification, in business, economics, finance, real estate, or a related field.

·       Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and presentation).

·       Strong business acumen and organizational skills.

·       Proven track record of exceptional customer service.

·       Aptitude to work under pressure and within established deadlines.

·       Ability to work both independently and on diverse and dynamic teams.

·       Proficient using all MS office programs.

·       Ability to work nights and weekends to accommodate after hours meetings and events.

·       Ability to travel locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.


·       Five (5) years of exemplary training and experience in a related field.

·       Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, economics, finance, real-estate, or a related field.

·       Previous experience working with government entities.

How to Apply

Please email or send a cover letter and resume with five references to:

Mr. Jamie C. Gilbert


Lancaster County Department of Economic Development

1033 West Meeting Street

Lancaster, South Carolina 29720

Applications will be accepted through August 26, 2016.

Position Description for Union County Development Board

Executive Director

Summary:  The Union County Development Board (UCDB) is seeking a new director to head the county’s economic development organization. The perfect candidate would be a qualified economic development professional who has a proven track record of recruiting new business and industry.  Under the supervision of the Chairman of the UCDB, the executive director is responsible for marketing the assets of Union County to create capital investment and jobs, attract new businesses, and retain and encourage expansion of new businesses. 

The Executive Director will be adept at maintaining positive relationships with elected and appointed officials, UCDB board members, regional and state economic development organizations, brokers, realtors, developers, utility providers, and property owners. The Executive Director should have extensive knowledge of current trends in economic development and best practices, manage day-to-day activities of the UCDB and develop and implement programs to achieve the goals as set forth by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is expected to provide vision and strategic insight to the Board of Directors toward fulfilling the UCDB’s mission.

The ideal candidate will have experience in analyzing development proposals, negotiating incentives, and closing deals. Acting as a catalyst for assurance that the community is equipped with appropriate industrial sites and buildings, infrastructure, and workforce is expected.

Minimum Requirements:  

·         A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in economics, public or business administration, planning, or a closely related field is required.

·         The designation of South Carolina Certified Economic Developer (SCCED) or IEDC’s Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is preferred.

·         Demonstration of achievements, leadership and organizational skills that indicate the ability to bring people together by developing strong networks of professional contacts.

·         Experience in marketing, business development, and project management are a plus.

·         Strong leadership skills and cooperative/collaborative team player are a must.

·         Ability to work in a fast paced competitive environment.

·         Must possess a valid South Carolina driver’s license.

·         Available to work weekends when necessary.

·         After hours work and travel out of town as required.

·         Must be able to maintain confidentiality.


·         Five- Ten years of progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience in a professional level economic development capacity is preferred.

·         Three-Five years of progressively responsible administrative and leadership experience in a professional level capacity is required.

·         Experience in private-sector business and in local government is highly desirable.

·         Candidates must have a verifiable track record of success and a stable work history.

DISCLAIMER: This job description indicates the general nature and imperative duties and responsibilities of work performed by the Executive Director on a daily basis. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties required. The employee may be asked to perform other duties as the Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Please Submit Resumes to:


 City of Burlington, NC

Economic Development Director

The City of Burlington, NC is searching for an Economic Development Director to lead a new economic development department. The Economic Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support and increase economic growth; acts as a liaison to economic development agency partners (chamber, downtown, airport, others); understands and advocates for the private sector; supports formation and implementation of policies; markets the City; and promotes redevelopment of underutilized properties.

Burlington, population 52,472, is located on I-40 in the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina. Many around the state have said that Burlington is on the cusp of taking off economically. The infrastructure and human capital is in place for tremendous success and the community pride and civic engagement is extraordinary. The City is looking for a savvy, motivated professional to guide and lead the community’s return to economic greatness.

Burlington is home to sports venues, arts and cultural programs, shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and other entertainment. Downtown is undergoing revitalization and includes a historic district. Major employers include Laboratory Corporation of America, Alamance Regional Medical Center, Kayser-Roth Corporation, Kernodle Clinic, Carolina Biological Supply, Glen Raven, Elon University, and Carolina Hosiery Mills, Inc. More information at

Responsibilities include implementation of a strategic economic development plan; achieving economic growth objectives of the city; serving as the initial point of contact for commercial businesses; providing information to recruit new businesses and support the growth and expansion of existing businesses; developing and maintaining data, statistics and publications which portray the economic potential of the city; and providing support to city council, city manager, chamber of commerce ,and other groups working to attract new industry and supporting existing business expansion. The Director reports to the City Manager and is evaluated through reports, consultations, and results.

To be considered, candidates must have five or more years’ experience in economic development, redevelopment, business, chamber, marketing, finance, or a related field; Bachelor’s degree; excellent written communication, public speaking, and presentation skills; and proficiency in general business technologies and analytical tools. Master’s Degree and Certified Economic Developer credential preferred. Job description available on the city’s website and upon request. Salary range $80,000 - $110,000.

The City of Burlington provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

Email confidential resume by August 31, 2016, 5:00PM to:

Crystal Morphis, CEcD

Founder and CEO

Creative Economic Development Consulting, LLC

PO Box 706, Elkin, NC  28621


Special Projects Program Manager

Program Coordinator II (AH40/06/60022456)


DEPARTMENT:  Division of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness /readySCTM

LOCATION:    111 Executive Center Drive Columbia, South Carolina 29210

BAND RANGE:    $39,960 - $56,947 - $73,935

HIRING RANGE:   $39,960 - $50,000                       BAND:        06

OPENING DATE:  July 21, 2016                              CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled       

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Division of Economic Development and Workforce Competitiveness is responsible for statewide delivery of readySC™, Apprenticeship Carolina™, and the Enterprise Zone Retraining Act, three major programs critical to Economic Development and Workforce Development for the State of South Carolina.  The Special Projects Program Manager, under general supervision, provides a wide range of program and project support functions necessary for the operation of the Division and for the delivery of readySC™ projects , Apprenticeship Carolina™, Enterprise Zone activities and Divisional special  projects across the State.  Provide program and project support for the Sr. Management of the Division by conducting activities including but not limited to the following: Provide oversight of and assistance to projects of exceptional magnitude, especially as it relates to unique or specialized work processes and reporting requirements. Conduct research and benchmarking activities critical to the competitiveness of the Division, especially as related to comparison with other states. Coordinate activities and special initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness, especially as related to work process improvement and cost reduction.  Assist with activities to maintain, improve and advance the Brands of SCTCS, Division, readySC™, and Apprenticeship Carolina™.  Oversee the management of the statewide Enterprise Zone Retraining Program.  Developing new business in cooperation with colleges, reviewing training plans prior to approval, being the single point of communication for E-Zone activities, and reporting required by the SCDOR.  Maintains strong relationships with economic development and workforce development allies across the state to insure effective and efficient collaboration and action when necessary to resource or support projects.  Participate in the business development initiatives of the Division through direct interaction with clients as appropriate and by leading activities in support of business development goals of the Division.

SBTCE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of experience in relevant program experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of experience in developing and implementing training projects for business and industry, including instruction, curriculum development and training needs analysis. Knowledge of Project Management methods and tools.  Proven presentation and facilitation skills. Must be able to identify and create reports reflective to training processes and results.  Proven ability to establish and maintain working relationships with peers, partners and clients is required as is the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently orally and in writing.  Strong leadership skills whether in managing or supporting roles and assignments.  Must be skilled in managing multiple tasks and responsibilities and problem solving.  Must be willing to adapt to changing environment.  Must be self-driven to work independently, as well as part of a team.  Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly at all levels of the organization – verbally and in writing.  Proficiency with MS Office Suite and presentation technology and equipment: Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Word and the ability to achieve proficiency in utilizing agency software.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Persons interested in this opportunity, should apply online at, and select SC Technical College System, System Office from the agency listing.  Please complete the State application to include current and previous work history and education.  A resume may be attached, but not substituted for completing work history and education sections of the application or to determine if an applicant has met the minimum qualifications and additional requirements for the position


Director of Business Research – Economic Development Department

(Manager Level 2)

This position will report to the Executive Director of Charleston County’s Economic Development Department, and is responsible for developing and implementing the research strategy for Charleston County’s Economic Development Department; serving to strategically position Charleston County’s competitive advantage in the recruitment of new industries and fostering the development of existing ones. Responsibilities include the creation of a research information database, the management of prospect lists, the customization of confidential prospect proposals, and the assistance in presentations to corporate executives considering Charleston County for investment.

This position will also have significant research related functions, including the completion of Requests for Information (RFIs) from prospects and site selection consultants, the updating of the department’s website, research of State law pertaining to incentives and other programs, and other duties as assigned.

The Director of Business Research will collect and maintain databases from commonly used sources, design table and charts for use in economic and demographic reports, research new data sources, create and maintain Charleston County’s sites and buildings database, and create, design, and format maps. This position should also possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of South Carolina and Charleston County employment and demographic data.

In the fulfillment of all research duties, the Director of Business Research must maintain professional working relationships with higher education entities, private non-profits, utilities, the development community, and all federal, county, regional, and municipal agencies. This position requires occasional evening, weekend work, and in-state travel in response to urgent assignments.

Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or Research/Statistical Analysis supplemented with up to three (3) years of economic development research, economics, mathematics, statistics, geography, marketing, urban planning, program management, or business research experience or Business Master’s Degree in Research/Statistical Analysis or related Business, Mathematics, or Economics/Finance Field. Experience in economic development, site selection, and/or relevant disciplines may be substituted. Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills are essential. Certifications in the economic development field are highly desirable as well as a knowledge and understanding of the Charleston County economic and political environment and opportunities. Must have ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications. Must have valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain a South Carolina license upon acceptance of position is required.

Salary Range:  $56,056 – $76,252

For more information please contact Heather Ford,, 843.958.4511


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