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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Business Development Division Director is responsible for managing program activities and resources necessary to assist business expansion and

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Typical Functions:

Tracks economic development trends and develops opportunities for the state, working closely with the research division and strategic planning team to determine how best to diversify the state’s economy. Manages the business development team in efforts to expand businesses and create jobs in Arkansas by offering advice, guidance, and assistance to team members as they are managing their individual projects. Keeps the director’s office informed on all business activity related to existing industry and new business job growth including preparing reports, briefing notes, projecting narratives, and conducting verbal discussions regarding projects. Manages the incentive process. Works with corporate clients and business consultants providing them with site selections services. Develops and maintains relationships with existing and/or expanding companies; develops and maintains contacts and relationships with communities. Manages the daily operations and budget functions of the Strategic Planning Division. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of national/international industrial and marketing trends and patterns. Knowledge of Arkansas tax laws and incentive programs. Knowledge of industrial relations. Knowledge of business negotiation proceedings. Knowledge of the principles and practices of marketing. Knowledge of research and analysis techniques and procedures. Knowledge of state regulations governing location of industry within the State of Arkansas. Knowledge of geographical, economic, and cultural patterns in Arkansas. Ability to supervise a subordinate professional and administrative support staff. Ability to select, develop, and cultivate business prospects. Ability to prepare and present training sessions, speeches, and written reports. Ability to interact with multi-cultural personalities.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, marketing or a related field; plus nine years of progressively more responsible experience in economic or business development or a related field, including five years in a professional managerial capacity.

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