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Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complimentary arm of Jefferson Parish government with the main objective of attracting, growing, and creating new business in our area.  JEDCO’s mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship, and investment in Jefferson Parish.
Position Description
The Business Retention Specialist position supports JEDCO’s Economic Development Services department by encouraging the retention of existing businesses in Jefferson Parish.  Applicant will be responsible for dedicated outreach efforts to companies, achieving intensive annual meeting quotas set by the JEDCO Board of Commissioners.  The ideal candidate possesses the knowledge, skills, and sincere interest in the Economic Development industry.  Prospective applicants will have the chance to work alongside passionate and talented individuals, working to advance the overall economic vitality of Jefferson Parish and ultimately the Greater New Orleans region.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Primarily tasked with implementing JEDCO’s award-winning business retention and expansion program through outreach and assistance to new and existing Jefferson Parish businesses, ranging from start-ups and sole-proprietors to mid/large-sized established companies.
  • Meeting outreach goals are accomplished through various means including, but not limited to cold-call techniques, direct mail collateral pieces, and networking at various business events.
  • Applicant expected to become well versed on many topics, including various state and local business and workforce development programs, specific industry needs and trends, as well as keeping up-to-date with changes to existing programs and researching new development opportunities
  • Apply critical thinking skills to identify and coordinate business development opportunities that retain and create jobs
  • Conduct business and economic research in response to varied business inquiries and to support JEDCO’s business retention and expansion program
  • Implement positive approaches to conflict resolution and management of various issues that could hinder doing business/overall business climate
  • Research and retain extensive knowledge of available properties within the parish for business retention clients
Professional Attributes and Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite required; Salesforce proficiency beneficial
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage complex projects and multiple assignments under tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills, maintaining a high degree of professionalism to develop relationships with business owners and executives, community leaders, commercial real estate community, and strategic industry partners
  • Positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and strong work ethic
  • Strong ability and desire to work in both teams and independently to further JEDCO’s mission
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in planning, public policy, market research, real estate development, business, sales, economic development or related fields preferred
Salary commensurate with credentials.  Forward resume and cover letter to JEDCO, Attn: Human Resources, 700 Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094 or Resumes will be accepted through April 20, 2018.  EEO.

Executive Director/CEO
St. Tammany Parish Development District
The St. Tammany Parish Development District, an independent public entity, seeks an Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer to lead its efforts to grow business, industry and jobs in St. Tammany Parish. With a population over 250,000, St. Tammany Parish is the fastest growing parish (county) in Louisiana. The District seeks a dynamic leader with demonstrated experience leading successful business/industry attraction, retention and expansion programs.
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North Webster Parish Industrial District- Executive Director


Under the general direction of the NWPID Board of Directors, the Executive Director plans, organizes and implements economic development activities including recruitment, retention, and expansion; grant writing/administration for infrastructure development; overall management of industrial park; and supervising NWPID administrative assistant and water superintendent. The Executive Director is responsible for preparing/ overseeing NWPID financial records in compliance with state regulatory requirements. The Executive Director works closely with local, regional and state, economic development partners, and applicable utility and government officials.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Work collaboratively with prospects, consultants, various statewide economic development organizations, and others related to myriad economic development issues.

  • Supports initiatives to expand/enhance existing industry; workforce development.

  • Work with partners to develop sufficient infrastructure to support future development.

  • Coordinates detailed information to new/existing businesses contemplating relocation/expansion.

  • Organizes economic, market, and demographic data for dissemination.

  • Responds to requests for proposals/qualifications.

  • Participates in the negotiation, preparation and processing of documents/agreements as required

  • Ensures compliance with open records and other government compliance requirements

  • Manage website I online presence

  • Experience and ability to manage approximately $850,000 public budget.

 Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities

  • Demonstrated professionalism, co nfidentiality, interpersonal skills, and integrity required.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail

  • Sound technical skills

  • Prepare I supervise budgetary activity

  • Demonstrated execution of customer service

  • Creative and strategic thinking ability

  • Strong knowledge of industrial development/site selection process

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree from accredited institution required, preferably in business, marketing, public administration, or economics. A Master's degree is preferred. Any combination of education and exper ience providing knowledge, skills, and abilities necessa ry to succeed in the position is acceptable.A minimum of five
(5) years' experiencein progressively senior, full time economic/business development position in either the public/private sector preferred. CEcD, EDFP or other professional economic development designation is
desirable. However, candidates with relevant experience/education encouraged to apply. Experience working is rural/underserved communities and/or workforce development initiatives a plus.

Residency: Candidate will be required to live within the jurisdiction of the District as soon as possible after accepting position.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary ($90-$110) DOE; health insurance, and reasonable relocation reimbursement.



Submit resume and cover letter to (3 references and transcripts required of finalists)
N. Webster Parish Industrial District Attn: Search Committee Chair
PO Box 176
Springhill, LA 71075
Deadline for application:  February 16, 2018
Inquiries directed to: Denny McMullan, Chairman, Search Committee, Email:
NWPID is an equal opportunity employer.

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