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Village Planner – Lisle, IL

Lisle, IL (pop. 23,440), a dynamic community with a vibrant corporate corridor, an award-winning revitalized downtown, world-class amenities and a high quality of life, seeks experienced candidates for the full-time position of Village Planner.  The Village Planner assists in long-range planning, land development, rezoning, subdivision and other land use issues. This important position on the Village’s economic development team requires interacting with and assisting existing and prospective businesses, serving as an internal and external resource on economic development matters, and providing assistance in administering the Downtown Master Plan.

The successful candidate is expected to have a professional background in urban and/or regional planning and a minimum of three years of progressively responsible planning and zoning experience in a municipal, county, public agency or private sector setting (or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience). Property maintenance and economic development experience preferred. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public policy, economic development or closely related field. A master’s degree in urban planning, public administration, or related field and AICP Certification is preferred. Proficiency in ArcView/GIS is a plus. Candidates must have excellent communication (verbal, written and presentation) skills and also demonstrate the ability to positively interact with staff, elected and appointed officials, the development community, and the general public.

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Executive Director – Clinton Regional Development Corp

The CRDC is seeking candidates who are creative, passionate and engaging with the ability to build trusting relationships. The new Director will be considered an integral part of the community who will engage the partners, stakeholders and community members. The new Director should be ready and able to embrace the ideas of empowerment, learning, and team-oriented solutions.

Candidates with five + years of progressively responsible economic development experience are considered ideal for this position. It is important for the Director to have technical skills and/or awareness in the areas of development, asset management, and strategic planning. Also essential is an ability to provide leadership and direction to the Board and partners. However, the most important hiring consideration will be the candidate’s emotional intelligence and leadership qualities.

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Business Development Analyst – Geneva, IL

The City of Geneva is seeking a full-time Business Development Analyst to work in the Economic Development Department.  This position provides support for economic development functions within the department.  Compiles and analyzes a variety of business statistics, land use, socioeconomic, demographic and tax base data to assist in the development and implementation of economic development initiatives, plans, programs and services that support business and secure investment and reinvestment.

Applicant must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Planning; Public Administration; Public Policy, Business, Finance or Economics; or a related field; and three to four years of progressively responsible related experience.  Proficiencies in GIS software a plus.

The City of Geneva offers an excellent benefits package and a starting salary of  $65,561-$80,308 dependent on qualifications and experience.

To apply send completed job application with a minimum of three professional references and cover letter and Resume to: Lisa Bahry, Human Resources, City of Geneva, 22 S. First Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134 or via email at  no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Resumes will not be accepted without a completed employment application which is available at Please contact Human Resources at 630-232-0867 or via email at for further information.

Economic Development Director/Firm – Marengo, IL

The City of Marengo is seeking a qualified Economic Development individual or firm to proactively market opportunities for industrial and business development in the City in conjunction with City staff. The consultant will work on behalf of the City to identify the growing and emerging industry, office, and retail sectors and attract businesses that have the greatest potential in Marengo, or that fulfill an unmet need in the market. The type of work done by the consultant will have direct impact on improvement in the quality of life in Marengo, as the City plans and developers over the next decade. The City views this as a long-term project which could lead to a long-term relationship with the selected consultant.

The City of Marengo invites firms or individuals to submit proposals for Economic Development services and Marketing as described in this [Request for Qualifications (RFQ)].

Please read each section carefully for information regarding the proposal and submittal instructions.

Economic Development Director – Champaign County EDC

Champaign County, home to the University of Illinois, features world-class technological resources and superb location and transportation benefits that make it a strategic hub for technology and industrial development. The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation was established in 2001 to create a public-private partnership working together to grow the local economy, including job attraction, business retention and expansion efforts in Champaign County. The Executive Director will provide the leadership necessary to develop and implement successful economic development strategies within the context of the organization’s strategic plan.

For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and professional references to no later than 4 pm on May 21, 2018. View the full position profile at

The Champaign County EDC is an equal opportunity employer.

Economic Development Director – Salem, Missouri

The City of Salem, located in South Central, Missouri, seeks a Director to serve the community with a collaborative and innovative approach. Salem is surrounded by spectacular scenic beauty and countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Mining support, food distribution, raw wood products, and tourism are mainstays of the local economy. See full Recruitment Profile with candidate qualifications at Salary and benefits comparable with similar Missouri cities.

Qualified candidates should submit resume, salary history, and cover letter highlighting preferred qualifications in one integrated file, in confidence to recruitment advisor: before May 9.

For more information call 316-250-1344.

Vice President for Development – Rockford Area Economic Development Council

Award-winning economic development organization offers a unique opportunity for an economic development trailblazer. Our public/private partnership organization seeks a Vice President to assume a leadership role in Northern Illinois to manage our Business Development programs and selected strategic projects. The Rockford, Illinois, Region is home to:

  • The sixth-largest Aerospace employment concentration in the U.S.
  • Growing Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare clusters.
  • A well-positioned, uncongested Air/Rail/Truck Logistics hub.
  • The third-largest city in Illinois, well within a 90-minute drive from Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison.

Candidates must possess great dedication, commitment, and strategic qualities as well as a broad range of business management skills. The organization’s staff is held to an extremely high level of professionalism and productivity. This person must be able to manage diverse and multi-level projects as a “self-starter,” capable of taking ideas and tasks at different levels and implementing them at a fast pace.

This position requires prior economic development experience as well as basic computer skills and database management experience. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree required. A professional work environment and competitive salary/benefits are available.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to

Community & Economic Development Director – Village of Rantoul

The Village of Rantoul seeks an experienced, innovative, and dynamic professional to serve as the Community and Economic Development Director.  The selected candidate will lead the Village’s economic development efforts, along with overseeing the Building Safety, Planning/Zoning, and Community Development departments.  They will guide an economic development strategy focusing on areas of need, including the I-57 retail area, industrial park, downtown, and the decommissioned Air Force base.  The Director will work to strengthen relationships between the Village and industrial park employers, small business owners, Rantoul City Schools, Rantoul Township High School, and other community entities.

A Candidate should possess:

  • Degree in Business Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, or related field;
  • Experience in residential and commercial real estate development, finance, and management;
  • Ability to communicate and maintain effective working relationships with Mayor and Board of Trustees, department heads, community organizations, and the general public;
  • Ability to prepare and present reports and public recommendations verbally and in writing, respond to inquiries and complaints, and represent the Village in a variety of forums.

Salary is $80,000 +/- DOQ, and competitive benefits.  Residency within the Village’s corporate limits within six months of completing the six-month probationary period is required.

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Director of Economic Development – City of Kankakee

The City of Kankakee (pop. 26,000) is seeking a Director of Economic Development.  Located just 50 miles south of Downtown Chicago, the City of Kankakee is a full-service community employing approximately 250 employees and an annual budget of $40M.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and administration of City programs and activities associated with Economic Development, including business retention/expansion/attraction and workforce development. The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of economic development programming and administration. The candidate should have exceptional oral and written communications skills while demonstrating the ability to tactfully foster and maintain positive working relationships when dealing with the public. Under the direction of the Mayor, must demonstrate the ability to assist in the planning, directing, supervising, and coordinating of a program to generate and promote redevelopment and economic development strategies and activities throughout the City.

A Candidate should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in economics, urban planning, public or business administration or related field; Master’s degree in an appropriate field preferred;
  • Three to five years of progressive economic development, urban planning, public administration, economics, business administration, or closely related field, experience with a track record of developing and implementing business attraction and retention programs. Supervisory experience is preferred;
  • Professional certification with the International Economic Development Council is preferred. If the incumbent does not possess this certification, he/she should be able to obtain it within one year of assuming the position (Certified Economic Developer);
  • Written/spoken fluency in a foreign language is beneficial, particularly Spanish;

Residency required within six (6) months of hire.  Interested applicants should apply online with résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by April 2, 2018 to Carolyn A. Croswell/Director of Human Resources  The City of Kankakee is an equal opportunity employer.(EOE)

Business Development Coordinator – City of West Chicago

The City of West Chicago, Illinois is seeking an individual with strong communication and interpersonal skills to serve as its Business Development Coordinator. This position is part of the Community Development Department and reports directly to the Director of Community Development. The position provides support for the economic development function within the Community Development Department.  Position duties include business attraction, recruitment, and retention.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, marketing, public administration, public policy or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of five years previous experience in the field of community and/or economic development or a related field.


  • Bilingual – English/Spanish.
  • Experience with TIF.
  • Experience in marketing and social media along with graphic design.
  • Experience in a municipal environment.

Salary range $64,948 – 90,927.  Send resume, letter of interest and three professional references to “Ms. Carol LeBeau, Human Resources Coordinator, City of West Chicago, 475 Main Street, West Chicago, IL  60185.”  Position open until filled.  EOE

Economic Development Director – City of Franklin, WI

Growing, full-service city of vibrant neighborhoods and top-performing schools, the City of Franklin possesses a strong business base and climate, a convenient location to world-class amenities, and “is committed to being the best community in Milwaukee County.” Located 10 miles south of downtown Milwaukee and within easy access to Mitchell International Airport, Franklin is strategically situated between Milwaukee and Chicago, with convenient Interstate access. Franklin seeks a dynamic professional in the field of economic development to be at the leading edge of this exciting time for the City.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • High energy, enthusiasm, and passion;
  • Strong communication skills, the ability to think and act strategically, and the talent to tactfully negotiate and “close the deal.”
  • A demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including City officials and staff, brokers, developers, and local business owners;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, communications, planning, real estate, public administration or related disciplines;
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, redevelopment, marketing or real estate in either the public or private sector is preferred; a Master’s degree may substitute for two years of experience.

Salary is $95,000 +/- DOQ, and competitive benefits. Residency is not required, yet a high level of community involvement is expected. Apply online with cover letter, resume and five professional references no later than March 12, 2018 to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook IL 60062 (847) 380-3240.  Click Here To Apply