Economic Development Director

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Position Description

DEPARTMENT: Economic Development Department

REPORTS TO: City Manager


SALARY: $75,400 – $85,700 DOQ




Under minimal direction develops, proposes and seeks approval of programs and policies to recruit new business into the city, creates strategies to revitalize commercial corridors and neighborhoods. Assists existing and prospective stakeholders with redevelopment plans and programs designed to facilitate new development as well as the expansion and retention of existing businesses.



The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the major tasks performed within this classification.   It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.  Specific tasks on a day to day basis will reflect the overall areas of expertise for this position.

  • Responsible for management of the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) which includes reporting to government agencies, public relations, capital project planning and administration.
  • Implementation of the adopted Community Redevelopment Plan.
  • Development and implementation of annual work program. Issues organizational position statements regarding issues on projects and related organizational planning and events.
  • Develops an effective marketing/public relations program designed to recruit new business, support and expand existing businesses and create local employment opportunities.
  • Develops short-term and long-term development plans, oversees implementation of plans to ensure adherence to organizational standards, policies and procedures.
  • Provide briefings and program updates to the CRA Board of Directors.
  • Seeks opportunities to enrich, redevelop and market the city.
  • Works closely with a wide variety of stakeholders including city officials and staff, real estate professionals, developers, local business owners, outside consultants and residents.
  • Solicits and administers state and federal grant opportunities for special projects or programs.
  • Monitors state and federal legislation, policies and issues which might impact the city.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance regarding areas of economic development.
  • Performs related tasks as required.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to attract and retain businesses and build relationships with stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of urban planning and the practices of architecture and engineering.
  • Ability to establish key partner relationships at the local, regional, state and federal levels.
  • Working knowledge of the State of Florida Public Records Law.



  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Real Estate, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Four or more years of progressively responsible experience in planning and development, business/public administration, small business development, marketing, economic development, business recruitment, business development and housing development or related field.
  • Prior experience in promoting reinvestment in housing and neighborhoods, commercial corridors, business development, education and workforce development.
  • Experience with a Community Redevelopment Agency and Tax Increment Finance Districts is preferred.
  • Economic Development credentials or certification is preferred.



  • Knowledge of State of Florida laws including but not limited to the Community Redevelopment Act.
  • Knowledge of Florida planning and zoning procedures, economic methods, techniques and programs.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Self-starter, ability to initiate tasks and complete projects independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Computer literacy, proficiency with MS Office products.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of varying backgrounds, cultures, interest, educational and experience levels.
  • Every New Port Richey employee is required to fill out a Disaster Response Survey and is subject to being required to report to work during a declared disaster.



Physical Ability:

Requires sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and routine keyboard operations. The job risks exposure to no significant environmental hazards. The job requires normal visual acuity, and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception. Ability to stand and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes but not to exceed four hours consecutively.  Ability to climb stairs and ladders occasionally. Ability to lift boxes not exceeding 15 pounds occasionally.

Sensory Requirements:

Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities. Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.



Ability to deal with stress related to occasional deadlines and occupational problems, which demand immediate attention.  Ability to accept decisions made by others that may be in opposition of own views.  Ability to juggle priorities and multi-task.


Applications can be emailed to or sent/dropped off to 5919 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652.


The City of New Port Richey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of New Port Richey provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.