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Business Retention Specialist – Tinley Park, IL

The Village of Tinley Park (population of over 57,000) seeks a full time (40 hours per week) Business Retention Specialist in the Community Development Department.  This position is responsible for professional and administrative work assisting the Economic Development Manager with all business retention efforts of the Village support and retain locally owned businesses. This position entails regular contact with area Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development and Planning staff and business development agencies; assist in planning Economic forums (Annual Business Breakfast, Auto Dealer Roundtable, Bankers Breakfast, and Downtown Retailer Luncheon); maintain Village’s site selection database; conduct Economic Development best practice research projects; and other duties as assigned.

$54,329.60 plus Health/Dental/Vision/Life benefits, paid vacation, and more.

Send a completed Village of Tinley Park Application for Employment, cover letter and resume to the Village of Tinley Park – Human Resources Department by 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2018.

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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  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 no later than 4 pm on September 30, 2018. Please note the Marketing & Events Director in the subject line.

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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.

To Apply:
Email resume and letter of interest to: EOE – Minorities encouraged to apply. No calls or walk-ins, please.

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.

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President/CEO – Invest Aurora

Aurora, Illinois (pop. 200,965).  Exciting opportunity to have a leadership role in the economic revitalization underway in the City of Aurora.  Aurora is a river community and the second largest city in Illinois, located 40 miles west of Chicago.   The City has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88 (five interchanges) as well as two Metra stations (commuter line), a regional airport, four institutions of higher education, 14 business parks and a 130 mile plus fiber network.  In addition to its rich history as a manufacturing center with strong industrial roots, Aurora has become a commercial and entertainment destination.  The City is home to the Hollywood Casino, the Fox Valley Mall, Chicago Premier Outlets and the award-winning Paramount Theater which offers more than 150 entertainment options annually and plays a critical role in the downtown renaissance.

Candidates for this unique opportunity must be highly collaborative and creative with well- developed communication skills, media skills, a can-do attitude and a record of team-oriented leadership.  Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree along with significant economic development experience in marketing, economic data analysis, and negotiations.

Starting salary range: $125,000 -$150,000 DOQ. Apply at once but no later than September 14, 2018 with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees and Kathleen Rush, 630 Dundee Road, Suite 130, Northbrook, IL  60062 Tel: 847-380-3240.

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Senior Plan Examiner – Highland Park, IL

The City of Highland Park, Illinois (population 29,763) is located 23 miles north of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan.  The Senior Plan Examiner/Inspector performs and supervises others in the performance of, skilled plan review and inspections of building plans and construction sites for compliance with applicable codes and conformance with approved plans and related customer service matters in the Building Division of the Department of Community Development.

Qualified individuals will have strong customer service skills that enable the provision of courteous, credible and accessible service that is responsive to customer’s needs and tactfully, fairly and firmly addresses compliance matters; The ability to independently plan, prioritize, and organize work and complete assignments within a deadline driven environment. Knowledge of the proper review of building plans for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances addressing project design, construction, alteration, repair and related zoning and land use matters. Knowledge of the purposes and objectives of building and zoning codes including the prosecution of violations of such codes.

The starting salary range is $33.92 – $42.40 hourly. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience.  Click [here] for more information.

Director of Community Development – Westmont, IL

Westmont’s population is 26,211 and it covers an area just over 5 square miles. The Village is located 18 miles from downtown Chicago in southeastern DuPage County. Westmont is perhaps best known as being the former home of the late “Godfather of Chicago Blues” Muddy Waters and the international headquarters of Ty Inc, makers of the world-famous Beanie Babies.  Westmont’s Strategic Plan lays out a bold vision for the community as it moves closer to celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2021.

The Director is responsible for guiding the Village’s land use planning efforts, overseeing the Building and Zoning operations, coordinating all matters concerning the Village’s 2 TIF districts, and managing a Department staff of 12 employees with direct reports including the Building Commissioner, Village Planner and Office Manager.  The Director reports directly to the Village Manager and serves as the primary staff liaison to the Planning and Zoning Commission and participates on the community’s Economic Development Partnership, which is a public-private partnership between the Village and the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau.

The starting salary range is $95,513-$117,010. Salary dependent on qualifications and experience.  Click [here] for more information.