Choose DuPage is the driving force for DuPage County economic development. Geographically desirable, with a highly skilled labor force, DuPage County has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades.
Advance the mission and goals of Choose DuPage through achievements from region-wide collaborations within and outside the borders of DuPage County;
effective recruitment, retention and active participation of the Choose DuPage Board of Directors;
impactful fundraising from the business community, coupled with financial support provided by DuPage County;
and insightful leadership of initiatives implemented by the Choose DuPage staff that add value to the economic development and vitality of the region.
Qualified candidates will possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related degree and ten years of business-related leadership experience in the Economic Development field including five years in a significant management-level position; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
Northwest Illinois Economic Development is in search of an Executive Director. The Executive Director of NW Illinois Economic Development provides strategic, philanthropic leadership. The incumbent is an experienced leader and strategist, and works closely with the Board of Directors, local business leaders, other economic development organizations, and state and local governments to achieve strategic and financial goals. This includes all aspects of fostering collaborative relationships in order to benefit the Tri-County area.
Lead and supervise NW Illinois Economic staff
Maintaining and cultivating a portfolio of donors
Marketing and public relations
Development of the annual budget and strategic goals
Leading initiatives for new and existing programs
Serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Directors
Become a vital part of the economic future of Greater Peoria. The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC) is seeking a Director of Business Attraction to advance job growth strategies and efforts for a five-county region in Central Illinois. GPEDC spearheads community-led efforts to retain, attract, grow, and create new businesses, harnesses the advantages of our rural and urban assets, and develops a world-class workforce. GPEDC is a strong collaboration of business and elected leaders and partners with a wide range of stakeholders across the region with the sole goal of driving economic vitality.
If you’re ready to get to work, we’re ready to hear from you. To be successful in this role one must build and maintain strong relationships with business and community leaders, the commercial real estate development community, site selection consultants and strategic partners in the region’s industries. An existing knowledge and aptitude in one or more industry verticals (especially manufacturing, health care or agriculture) will be a strong advantage, as well as an existing network of national brokers, site selectors, developers, real estate investment trusts and other key individuals.
The Business Development Manager of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) is responsible for managing business leads and client interaction for attraction projects, in addition to conducting market research, real estate data management, marketing, and related activities.
Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, economics, public policy or a related field
At least three years’ previous experience in project management, economic development or sales
Working knowledge of manufacturing and the site selection process
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Highly developed interpersonal skills
Knowledgeable about the Greater Clinton Region (highly desirable)
Technology literate – strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google applications, real estate databases (like LOIS) and social media outlets
The Village of Huntley is seeking a Marketing and Recruitment Specialist to lead the Village’s branding and business attraction efforts. Attracting new shopping, dining, recreational, and job opportunities is a key priority of the Village Board. The Marketing and Recruitment Specialist is responsible for marketing, communications, planning and implementation of the Village’s Economic Development Strategic Plan for recruitment of businesses to Huntley by working with the Village Manager’s Office to continuously improve the image and perception of the Village on a local, regional, and national level.
Manage marketing efforts to enhance the Village’s image;
Drive messaging and awareness of the Huntley First economic development website;
Manage social media campaigns promoting the Huntley community;
Respond to and complete requests for information regarding the community;
Develop marketing material that includes reports, presentations and site-specific pieces;
Lead, coordinate and direct events and public outreach programs related to business retention and attraction; and
Maintain Village brand standards, content management, and marketing assets to ensure consistent messaging.
The primary responsibility for this position is the planning and execution of Invest Aurora’s business retention programming and is the primary liaison to the business community, chamber(s) of commerce and economic development partners in furthering the organization’s economic development programs.
Serves as a business liaison in community and outside agencies.
Generates reports for marketing and business attraction and retention purposes.
Assists with the response to RFP’s, RFI’s, and other inquiries for new and expanding businesses through external and in-house databases.
Collaborates with economic development and community partners for business recruitment and expansion initiatives, and workforce development events.
Serves as a key customer service representative in assisting new and expanding businesses in meeting the City of Aurora’s development process.
Creates and manages databases associated with grants, job creation, and public/private investment.
Serves on various community, government, and economic development committees.
Builds relationships with community leaders, businesses, and economic development partners.
Community & Economic Development Coordinator – Village of Forsyth, IL
The Village of Forsyth is currently accepting applications for the full-time, exempt position of Community and Economic Development Coordinator. This position reports directly to the Village Administrator.
Located in the Decatur metropolitan area just off I-72, Forsyth is home to the area’s regional shopping mall and additional retail, restaurant, and hotel development. Residents enjoy a high quality of life, with access to quality schools, park facilities, and library.
Job duties include, but are not limited to, administering zoning regulations as the Village’s Zoning Official, providing staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, representing the Village on various boards and committees, performing economic development duties, including business attraction, expansion, and retention activities, and working on special projects.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in planning, public or business administration, political science, or a related field and two (2) years of experience in community development, economic development, and/or planning or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Economic development experience is preferred. Starting salary is $50,000 +/- DOQ, plus benefits.
Please submit cover letter and résumé immediately to David Strohl, Village Administrator, at email@example.com. Position open until filled.
Marketing & Events Director – Champaign County EDC
The Champaign County EDC invites applications for the position of Marketing & Events Director. This position will develop, implement, and lead both event specific and broad marketing and communication strategies. The Marketing & Events Director will work closely with stakeholders throughout Champaign County to expand the impact of the Champaign County EDC and its goals.
Looking for Someone To:
Manage multiple programs, events, and marketing campaigns, many times collaborating with external partners, including: You’re Welcome CU, Made in Champaign County, Innovation Celebration, and all events related to the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC (you are the go-to person, the one in charge of all the details!)
Develop and maintain content on all websites (WordPress, Drupal, and Squarespace platforms, no HTML experience required)
Create, manage, and distribute newsletters and reports, both digital and print
Research, write, and coordinate stories (blog posts/success stories) that showcase our community and employers
Manage social media accounts and publish press releases
Use metrics to measure the impact of our marketing efforts and make recommendations based on that data
Conceive of, and manage through completion (often times working with outside vendors), the design, development, and execution of marketing materials, including graphic design and print publications, web content management, videos, and more
Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and at least three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4 pm on September 30, 2018. Please note the Marketing & Events Director in the subject line.
Director of Business Attraction – Quad Cities Chamber
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking a Director of Business Attraction. The Director of Business Attraction will conduct the day-to-day implementation of an aggressive strategic plan to attract new industrial and commercial development to the Quad Cities region. This individual will be responsible for identifying and interacting with business prospects/key site location decision-makers and managing a range of development opportunities.
BA/BS Degree plus 5 experience in economic development or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree or economic development certification preferred.
Knowledge and experience in managing business development efforts
Knowledge of trends, developments, and techniques in the field of economic development
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
Must possess a valid driver’s license
Willing to Travel 1/3- 2/3 of work hours
We offer: Competitive Salary plus an attractive benefits package, including matching 401(k), Vacation, Sick Leave, 2 health plan choices, Dental, Vision, FSA, HSA, Life and Disability Insurance, and EAP.
Economic Development Coordinator – Village of Winnetka
The Village of Winnetka is seeking a full-time Economic Development Coordinator. Under the direction of the Assistant Village Manager, the Economic Development Coordinator is responsible for developing, guiding, and administering the Village’s economic development and business relations functions. The position emphasizes business development (existing business retention/expansion and new business recruitment), marketing/branding activities, and special events. The Economic Development Coordinator is a key liaison to the Winnetka business community and Chamber of Commerce and also plays an important role in the implementation of Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan. The position requires experience and expertise in developing strategies to create a sustainable long-term commercial base and to promote the community’s vision of its three business districts.
Salary range: $70,000 – $98,497 (DOQ), plus excellent benefits. Candidates should apply with application, resume, and cover letter. The position is open until filled with the first review of candidates September 5, 2018. Applications are available on the Job Opportunities Page.