Economic Development Director

City of Marshfield, MO

Job Details

  • Job Function: Economic Development Director
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 6,633
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  • Where: Marshfield, Missouri
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council



Serving Marshfield, Missouri

Economic Development Director

Compensation: Salary is negotiable and anticipated to be regionally competitive

Marshfield, Missouri is the County seat of Webster County in southwest Missouri. The City is located on the highest upland area in the Ozarks. At an elevation of 1,490 feet above sea level, the City covers 5.3 square miles. Marshfield is located on I-44 within a convenient three-hour drive of Kansas City, Saint Louis, and Tulsa and only a half hour drive from Springfield. The original world-famous highway, Route 66, which was part of the original United States highway system from Chicago to California, passes through town. Route 66 intersects with National Bicycle Route 76 (“TransAmerica Trail” from Virginia to Oregon) exclusively in Marshfield. Outdoor recreational activities abound in the Marshfield area. Eight large lakes are located within a one hour drive from the City. Opportunities abound for fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, hiking, hunting and other outdoor activities in the multiple wildlife areas, streams and rivers within minutes of the City.

Within the next three years a second Marshfield interchange on I-44 will be completed. A market study was completed in 2017 that identified demand for future industrial, commercial and residential development around the new interchange. The city recently began designing for the extension of water and sewer mains to serve future development around the new interchange so that services will be in place in advance of the interchange opening. In addition, over the course of the coming year, the City will be developing a Growth Plan for the entire City that will include plans for expansion of the City’s existing industrial park in coordination with a future third interchange on I-44 as well as access to an existing BNSF rail line that extends through the existing industrial park.

Gro Marshfield is a not-for-profit tax-exempt Missouri corporation pursuant to Section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its mission is “Improving the quality of life for our community through continuing economic development.” In close partnership with the Marshfield Development League (MDL- a private, not-for-profit organization of business and professional people dedicating to maintaining a thriving economy and improving the quality of life for everyone in Springfield, Missouri, and the surrounding region) and the City of Marshfield, Gro Marshfield serves as the community’s primary catalyst for economic growth. It serves as the first point of contact with the development community, property owners, businesses, community organizations, and the general public for economic development services in Marshfield.

The Economic Development Director is a new position which will report to Gro Marshfield’s 6 member Board of Directors with responsibility to assist in the development, organization and facilitation of ongoing economic growth and procedures for current and long-range needs to reach the City and MDL goals; to implement economic development goals and objectives for Gro Marshfield, the MDL and the City; and to manage the development and implementation of economic change through retention, expansion, attraction of commerce and industry including with the creation of incentive zones and lending programs. Duties may include identifying sites suitable for small or large development activity; identifying developers and users whose skills or preferences fit an identified need in the community; soliciting, refining and negotiating preliminary development proposals; performing entitlement and financial feasibility studies; maintaining a directory of property owners, developers, and major tenants; and coordinating the efforts of the developers with the property owners, City officials, lenders and builders.

The position requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college plus at least four (4) years of experience in economic development, business development, marketing or a closely related field. A Master's degree is desirable. A successful economic development track record is highly preferred. Experience working with a municipal government is a strong plus; working knowledge of GIS is highly desirable; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to succeed in this critical position will be seriously considered.

This position is open until filled. If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume with current salary without delay to:
Bob Slavin or Dave Krings
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848

Email responses are strongly preferred

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