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Economic Development Director

City of Goose Creek, SC

Job Duties:


·         Plans and Coordinates all economic development initiatives.  Promotes the City regionally and nationally as a business destination in cooperation with various county, state and federal agencies including the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Charleston Regional Development Alliance and the Berkeley County Office of Economic Development. Meets with corporate leaders visiting the area to show potential site/facility locations; facilitates meetings between prospects and local and state entities and various City department directors concerning public utilities, zoning, building requirements, etc.

·         Develops and implements marketing strategies for the recruitment of business and industry.  Assists local, regional, national and international firms considering relocation or facilities expansion by providing information on sites/facilities, tax incentives, demographics, financial resources and business and government services.

·      Provides direct assistance to the City Administrator in related matters and regarding various special projects. Serves as the primary staff contact between the business community and the City by fostering a common vision and strengthening the business environment.   Serves as the primary staff liaison to staff to the Economic Development Advisory Committee.


·         Bachelor's Degree in Business, Economics, Public Administration or related field or four additional years of related work experience.

·         Two years of related work experience.  Any combination of education and related work experience totaling six years is acceptable. Valid South Carolina Driver’s License required. 

·         Certificate of completion in the South Carolina Economic Development Institute preferred.

Salary range:  Minimum:  $56,195    Midpoint:  $74,964    Maximum:  $93,733

How to apply:

A detailed job description and application can be found at

The City of Goose Creek is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applicants will be considered for positions without regard to age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender or disability.  If a conditional offer of employment is made, applicant(s) must successfully pass a background screening and pre-employment drug test.




Economic Development Director


Abbeville County is accepting resumes for the position of Economic Development Director.

Position Description:

The Economic Development Director will work under the limited supervision of the County Director and in coordination with the Abbeville County Economic Development Partnership, which is a public/private partnership supporting economic development within the county.  The Director of Economic Development plans, coordinates and manages the economic development efforts for the county, including recruiting industry and working to support the county’s existing industries.  The applicant is expected to exercise ethical principles, sound judgment and discretion when dealing with assigned responsibilities that will enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for the citizens of the county. 


Establishment of a positive working relationship with elected and appointed officials, development allies such as utility providers and other partners within the county and throughout the region and State of South Carolina is a must.  The applicant will serve as the county’s economic development liaison with the regional development alliance and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.




Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related field; two (2) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The applicant should have strong written and oral communication skills.  Experience in project management, site development, strategic planning, marketing and grant administration will be needed.  The applicant should be a motivated self-starter who functions well in an environment with limited oversight.    


Starting salary depends on qualifications.  Please submit resumes and applications to Lynn Sopolosky, Clerk to Council, Abbeville County, 901 W. Greenwood St., Suite 2800, Abbeville, South Carolina 29620.   Applications are available online at


More on the community can be found at:


Resumes/applications will be accepted until position is filled. Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Title: Executive Vice President-One Spartanburg


Hiring Manager: Allen Smith


Department: One Spartanburg


Posting Date: December 9, 2016


Posting Expiration Date: January 13, 2016


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

·         Lead the collaborative implementation of the recently developed five year community and economic development strategy.   

·          Develop, convene and lead the implementation committee, action teams, implementation partners, local governments and all stakeholders to produce measurable results

·         Drive the strategy ensuring all parties are accountable to the objectives and timelines defined within the final strategy

·         Perform duties within the memorandum of understanding between One Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project

·         Communicate progress to implementation partners, stakeholders and the community at large on a regular basis

·         Serve as the public face and voice of the initiative      


Required Education and/or Experience

·           A background in community, leadership, organizational and/or economic development

·           A strong ability to develop relationships and convene people across all boundaries

·           A Bachelor’s degree in a related field

·          Excellent communication skills

·          Strong organizational skills

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


View complete position profile and additional application information:


The closing date for consideration is end of business on January 13, 2017. To apply, applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the attention of Allen Smith at


Job Title:  Project Manager

Reports To:     Director of Economic Development

FSLA Status:   Exempt

Job Purpose:  To implement programs and services leading to the attraction, retention and expansion of enterprises in the County of Lexington for the purpose of creating/retaining jobs for our citizens and to enhance and broaden the tax base of the county.

Minimum Requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree from and accredited college or university in the field of marketing, finance, business administration, geography, economics or a related discipline.  Three (3) to five (5) years of direct experience in economic development at the local, state or regional level in the public, quasi-public or private sector. A combination of formal education and direct experience may be substituted for the above minimums.  The ability to deal effectively, in confidence, under stressful circumstances with elected and appointed officials, business executives and economic development allies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

►Creates and maintains electronic and hard copy databases of available commercial, industrial, office and other land and buildings suitable to support the recruitment and expansion of enterprises in the county.  Is the key interface between the department and commercial/industrial brokers/agents, regional and state economic development agencies and the county’s GIS department in this subject area.

►Assists the Director in the development and promotion of new business parks, certified sites and physical/virtual speculative buildings.  Maintains detailed drawings and specifications on all county-owned economic development real estate for use with prospects and other needs.

►Creates and maintains electronic databases of key medium and large employers in the county, to include contact information on key executives, employment levels, products/services, key markets served, county economic development incentives in effect, etc.  Conducts face-to- face interviews with the key executive(s) of the major employers at least once every 12 months and the medium-sized firms once every 18-24 months.  Coordinates with regional and state allies on these visits as appropriate. Compiles reports on the findings from each interview and produces periodic summary reports of all visits. Assists in the planning and implementation of existing business and industry recognition/appreciation events.

►In consort with the Director and independently as necessary works one-on-one with new and expanding business and industry prospects in viewing sites and buildings. Coordinates closely with local, regional and statewide economic development allies, both public and private, to ensure a productive and positive interface with prospects.  Creates and maintains records of prospect activity.

►Collects, maintains and disseminates data and information on the conduct of business in Lexington County and the State of South Carolina on a broad range of subject areas, included but not limited to economic development incentives, state and local tax policies, workforce availability, prevailing wages and fringe benefits, demographic and socio-economic data, commuting patterns, etc.

►Revises content on the department’s web site for workforce, demographics, real estate, incentives and other information that often changes on a month-to-month basis.  Is the department’s key interface with the county’s IS Department on other web site-related matters.

►Assists the development of presentations utilizing PowerPoint, GIS technology and other tools for presentation to prospects, elected and appointed officials and other audiences.

►Assists in the development and implementation of marketing programs aimed at generating serious prospects for new business attraction in the county.  Coordinates marketing efforts with local, regional as statewide allies as appropriate.

►Assists the Director in the development of budgets relating to the above activities.  

Supplemental Functions:

►Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skill Sets Need for Success in This Position:


·         In depth knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws, ordinances, regulations and incentives  impacting the location, development and start-up of new enterprises and the expansion of existing firms in the county.

·         Knowledge of the key factors that drive the site location process across various types of enterprises (industrial, office, distribution, R&D, etc).

·         Basic principles of business to business marketing.

·         Basic principles of community and public relations.

·         Basic knowledge of engineering, site development and construction of commercial/industrial projects a plus.

·         Working understanding of commercial/industrial real estate terminology.

·         Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite a must.  Current knowledge of GIS-related software (e.g., ArcView) a plus.


·         Team player.

·         Effective listening.

·         Written and verbal communications.

·         Data collection and analysis.

·         Report writing.

►Licensing and Certification:

·         A valid South Carolina driver’s license is required within 30-days of hire.

·         No certifications are required, but the applicant must be able to demonstrate a strong desire for continuing education in the economic development field.


To Apply:  Visit  Go to “Employment”, then select “County Job Listings”.

Applications will only  be accepted through the County’s website.

              The County of Lexington is an equal opportunity employer  . 


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