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Economic Development Project Manager - Business Retention


Listing Summary

Under the direction of the Economic Development Manager, this role primarily provides outreach and support to Marietta’s existing commercial, office, and industrial businesses. Other responsibilities include conducting statistical and programmatic research, fulfilling requests for information, assisting in site selection requests, and performing special projects under the division’s strategic plan.

  • Develops and implements a strategy for the city’s business retention efforts. This function includes, but is not limited to the following actions:
    • In coordination with the Economic Development Manager, formulates a systematic process for engaging with Marietta’s business owners, developers, property owners and real estate brokers. This includes developing innovative methods of engagement.
    • Interfaces with local businesses, by gathering firm information, understanding their challenges and concerns, helping develop solutions and connecting them to available resources.
    • Records, organizes, tracks and reports collected data to continually update business retention activities.
  • Assists with efforts to recruit new businesses by providing a range of functions including site selection and data.
  • Provides research, analysis, statistical summaries, and reports concerning the City’s economic and industry makeup. This should include tracking development both residential and commercial, market trends, workforce, and demographic information, etc.
  • Maintains a knowledge and understanding of economic development programs and tools with the ability to bring this knowledge to bear with businesses and departmental colleagues.
  • Produces and contributes to external communications, website content, marketing materials, and other products that communicate the activities of the division to existing and prospective businesses/developers, other city staff, elected officials and the general public.
  • Serves as a liaison to state and local partners including, but not limited to, other economic development agencies, workforce and educational institutions, business associations, and Georgia Economic Development.
  • Represents the division at various community meetings and functions.
  • Attends committee and council meetings, Economic Development-related training seminars, etc. as necessary.
  • Serves as an ombudsman by assisting businesses, property owners and developers with the development review process and coordinating with other city departments to contribute to efficiency and transparency.
  • Identifies redevelopment opportunities and participates in the small area planning processes.
  • Develops presentations concerning the activity of the division and the Marietta economy.
  • Work with Economic Development team and BLW on efforts to recruit utility customers.
  • Conducts special projects on behalf of the department and city.


Preferred qualifications -

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Economics, Public/ Business Administration, Real Estate or related field and two years related experience or a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Public/Business Administration, Real Estate and one year related experience. Knowledge of real estate market research, economic development programs and practices, and city activities Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and the ability to explain them to a variety of audiences.
  • Skill using a computer and various software applications including MS Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) to compose business letters, reports, presentations, emails, and promotional materials. Skill in creating, interpreting, presenting and explaining statistical information using Excel and other related applications as appropriate.
  • Ability to learn City development ordinances related to development issues.
  • Ability in team building, both with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to including ability to develop positive relations with the public, business owners, and other city staff. Must be able to make formal public making presentations to various business and civic groups
  • Must have flexibility of irregular schedule, including attending evening meetings and weekends, as necessary.


Successful candidates are required to submit to drug screen & background inquiry.

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