The Economic Development Director in consultation with the Mayor develops all policy related to the formation and implementation of a comprehensive economic and industrial development plan for the City of Binghamton. This includes formulating specific loan programs, establishing overall development plans and specific programs for downtown and neighborhood commercial areas, and providing overall director and technical assistance for all economic development activities. The Director directly supervises all technical and clerical staff. Does related work as required.
- Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration Management, Industrial Relations, Economics, Planning, Real Estate, or a closely related field and five years of professional experience in banking, public or business administration, urban planning, economic, or industrial development, real estate, public relations or a field related to the development and implementation of economic growth, two years of which was in an administrative or supervisory position; or
- Possession of a Master’s Degree in one of the fields listed in (A); plus four years of professional and administrative supervisory experience described in (A) above; or
- Nine years of the professional and administrative supervisory experience as described in (A) above; or
- An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B), and (C).
Serves as Executive Director of, and provides technical assistance to, the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC); Initiates and directs all commercial and industrial development and contracts execution projects; Initiates and supervises other economic development programs, such as the Minority Loan Programs; Establishes work program for and oversees general administrative activities of departmental staff; Supervises technical and clerical support staff; Confers and negotiates with prospective commercial and industrial representatives in planning new site locations and development projects and negotiating tax concessions; Develops and administers specific promotions projects designed to attract new businesses and industries; Meets with various City departments and committees, State and regional agencies, and civic groups about economic development programs; Meets with State and Federal officials to coordinate use of governmental programs vis-à-vis economic development projects; Directs the grants/ funding application process for all economic development projects and may provide technical assistance to developers in assembling financial packages involving grants and other Federal funds; Administers budget and programs set-up to complement economic development efforts; Reviews legislative proposals and statutes concerning economic development; Coordinates environmental review process of grant proposals; Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports pertaining to economic development activities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and programs relating to economic development activity; thorough knowledge of economic development theory and practices; thorough knowledge of industrial and community business development techniques; thorough knowledge of current literature and sources of information on industrial development; good knowledge of methods or promotional activities relating to the recruitment and retention of business and industry; good knowledge of real estate field, property appraisal, and planning factors related to economic development; ability to plan, organize, and supervise staff and work of the department; ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with developers, financial community, public officials, and general public; ability to work independently and act as a liaison between government and local business and industry; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; initiative; sound professional judgment; tact; resourcefulness; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.