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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Strategic Planning Director is responsible for coordinating the on-going research priorities to establish agency direction, initiating the development

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Initiates and participates in the development of the agency’s economic development strategy, leads the process of conducting internal and external interviews to solicit input for the planning process, develops a planning process that keeps the Executive Director informed of the progress and provides a framework for putting the plan together; contributes to the writing of the strategic plan, tracking, and reporting progress/success (Act 1282 report to the legislature), and participates in the development of high level projects suggested by the strategic plan. Leads the planning for each legislative session by researching other state’s incentive initiatives and proposing changes to Arkansas’ incentives; participating in drafting the Agency’s legislative package and develops presentations to communicate proposed/enacted legislation to economic development partners. Participates in activities that serve to strengthen the relationship between AEDC and partner agencies/organizations, works closely with the Governor’s Office and the Department of Finance and Administration on policy/legislative issues, assists economic development partners in developing their legislation/policies, and helps to administer General Improvement Fund grants to cities and counties. Manages the daily operations and budget functions of the Strategic Planning and Legislative Liaison Division, approves contracts, purchase requests, travel and reimbursement requests, MOU’s etc.; approves/disapproves a variety of actions/policies/procedures/recom- mendations; and coordinates work assignments and monitors projects. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of supervisory practices and techniques. Knowledge of the legislative process. Knowledge of state budgetary, and purchasing procedures. Ability to supervise a subordinate professional and administrative support staff. Ability to analyze and evaluate statistical data. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business, economics or a related field; plus eight years of progressively more responsible experience in long-term economic strategic planning, including four years in a professional managerial capacity.

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