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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Area/Program Representative is responsible for assisting businesses and industries with developing and maintaining resources needed to sustain profitability

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Occasional in state and out of state travel is required.

Typical Functions:

Promotes industrial expansion within the state of Arkansas by establishing and maintaining personal contact with management representatives of businesses and manufacturing concerns throughout the United States and overseas. Participates in and/or conducts appropriate national/international trade shows, seminars, workshops, business negotiations, and trade and investment missions to obtain industrial prospect and trade leads and maintain updated information on economic trends. Researches and makes recommendations of specific Arkansas communities and/or companies through detailed, factual reports of economic, financial, employment, and other business and social conditions of the community and/or company. Identifies target sites for industries and makes recommendations by accompanying prospects to Arkansas communities whose sites meet specific prospect criteria. Provides technical assistance to prospects, clients, and communities to help resolve problems, including financing, state and local building code compliance, pollution control requirements, and employee training programs. Prepares and maintains records, including prospect sheet reports and activity reports and updates files based upon continued contact. May provide technical assistance to companies desiring to expand national and/or international market bases. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of marketing and presentation practices and techniques. Knowledge of industrial analysis concepts. Knowledge of financial analysis and organizational management processes. Ability to interpret and apply the provisions of laws, rules, and policies. Ability to analyze information and prepare reports. Ability to provide guidance and technical assistance to management, staff, and the general public. Ability to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of systems and controls, identify problems, and devise corrective actions.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in marketing, general business, or a related field; plus three years of experience in program management, marketing, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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