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Economic Development Specialist
($54,138.10 - $80,329.60 Annually)
The City of Mesa is seeking individuals with strong experience in research and analytics. Preferred experience includes:
- Research and analytics specifically in economic development, business development, site selection or real estate
- Experience with customer relationship management programs and/or database systems management
- Designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD)
An Economic Development Specialist performs a wide variety of activities to promote Mesa's value as a business location, generate qualified prospects in targeted clusters, and improve the competitiveness of the community's business climate. An employee in this classification may also assist Economic Development Project Managers with more complex projects. An employee in this class also performs statistical comparisons and trend analysis to be used in marketing and promotional materials.
An Economic Development Specialist may be assigned to assist in implementing a targeted program that integrates multiple platforms to influence and build relationships with prospects, consultants, company decision makers, and media information sources; proactively identifying and addressing community business climate issues; and assisting in providing research and information, and/or technology support needed to execute these tasks. Duties also may involve:
- Working with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) to provide detailed and targeted responses to business leads
- Staffing regional and national sales missions, prospect trips, and trade shows to promote greater Phoenix and Mesa
- Coordinating prospect site visits, assisting in establishing a baseline of information with respect to existing local businesses
- Support local business growth
- Increase employment for Mesa citizens
- Expand the community's economic base
- Provide outreach to existing businesses
- Establishing and strengthening relationships with local businesses
- Providing information to existing businesses regarding the availability of assistance programs, including project management assistance, job training, employee recruitment, and financing programs
- Discovering and confirming local service and location advantages for use in marketing Mesa to firms considering a new location
- Identifying service or location deficiencies which hinder economic development
- Developing strategies to eliminate or mitigate the deficiencies
In addition, an Economic Development Specialist may assist in providing targeted research support, including but not limited to:
- Researching data
- Preparation of information for targeted promotional activities
- Database management
- GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping
- Developing, writing, producing, updating, and designing marketing and promotional materials for business retention and expansion, business recruitment, and international trade activities
The Economic Development Specialist position may offer the opportunity to travel to recruit companies and meet with company representatives, trade councils and organizations, government officials, and interested investors. Incumbents exercise independence and initiative to complete assigned tasks. Supervision is received from the Economic Development Department Director, or designee, who reviews and assigns work through conferences, meetings, and reports, and monitors results achieved. Functional supervision may be received from senior-level staff on more complex or large projects.
This class is FLSA exempt-administrative.
Employee Values: All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.