Economic Development Director

City of Brenham, TX

Job Details

  • Job Function: Economic Development Director
  • Salary: $69,139 - $95,160.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 15,716
  • Where: 200 West Vulcan Street, Brenham, Texas
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Jul 30 2018

Submit Application To: HR@CITYOFBRENHAM.ORG


The Economic Development Director will serve in a public and professional leadership role for the promotion of economic and business development in the City of Brenham. The Director will work closely with City Council, the Brenham Economic Development Foundation Board (Brenham EDF), and community leaders to plan, direct, and implement a strategic plan for economic development that expands and retains business and industry to ensure the City of Brenham’s economic vitality.
• Responsible for creating economic development strategies, policies and practices under the direction of the City Manager while assuring a balance between the City’s needs and Brenham EDF and Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC) goals;
• Foster and implement the economic development goals, objectives, and strategies of the City with its economic development partners in business and industrial development; • Communicates with existing businesses in Brenham in an effort to retain them in the community;
• Serves as technical advisor to the City Council and administration regarding economic development issues; • Establishes, cultivates, and maintains positive working relationships with the community (businesses, Brenham Independent School District, Blinn College, Washington County, and others) to focus on economic development efforts, including monitoring relevant industrial, commercial, and retail developments and their impact on City operations;
• Coordinates with business prospects and their representatives to address development needs; evaluate incentive proposals, and conduct project follow-up communications and visits to prospects;
• Prepares proposals for prospective or expanding businesses by researching, preparing and individualizing data and materials for business attraction and expansion;
• Evaluates prospective grant-eligible projects in regard to applicable regulations and approval criteria; • Key point of contact for consideration of economic development incentives and tools including tax phase-in agreements, 380 agreements, and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones;
• Analyze future sustainable growth areas in the community, including preparing economic trends, evaluating prospective grant-eligible projects in regard to applicable regulations and approval criteria;
• Prepares annual budget for Brenham EDF review and recommendations; responsible for the administration of adopted budget;
• Coordinate annual work session with City Council, Brenham EDF and City staff to develop goals and objectives for promotion, training, retention, recruitment to be used as measures to guide the preparation, administration and performance of the Economic Development department and budget;
• Prepares quarterly reports of activities, trends, opportunities and risk assessment of economic development drivers within Brenham and Washington County for the City Council, Brenham EDF, and Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC);
• Works closely with Brenham EDF and BCDC for community development;
• Works closely with City staff regarding utility, development, finance, code compliance and other departments to ensure compliance with City regulations, and policies;
• Prepares and presents periodic progress on projects and monitors projects to completion; • Assists with the promotion of the City of Brenham and community events;
• Actively participate in appropriate professional organizations to maintain awareness of leading edge or best practices in economic development programs; and
• Attends and presents information at staff meetings and City Council meetings.