Economic Development Director

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The City of New Port Richey is seeking an experienced economic development professional to serve in a key role on the City’s Leadership Team.  New Port Richey is located in Florida’s Central Gulf Coast, approximately thirty miles northwest of Tampa.  The Gulf of Mexico coastline borders the west side and the Pithlachascotee River runs through the city.  The City has a total area of 4.6 square miles and has approximately 17,000 residents, which makes the City the second largest in the County.

The City has a traditional downtown with interesting businesses, a thriving Community Development Authority and a Main Street Program.  The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government and the successful candidate will work closely with the City Manager to assist the City’s existing businesses with retention and growth, recruitment of new businesses, and neighborhood reinvestment strategies.

A Bachelor’s Degree is required from an accredited college or university with major course work in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Real Estate, Law, Economic Development or a related field. A Master’s Degree is preferred but not required.  Eight (8) years of experience with business, planning, real estate, government economic development or considerable experience in commercial or industrial real estate and equivalent combination of education and training is required.  The salary range for the position is $91,000 to $106,000 and is determined based on qualifications and experience. There is also a generous executive employee benefit program associated with this position.

Preference may be given to candidates with added skills such as Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation, Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP), Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED) certification, and/or similar credentials, or extensive experience in real estate development.

Interested candidates should apply on-line by submitting a cover letter and comprehensive résumé to The position will close on December 15, 2022.