Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Grand Rapids

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Nature of Work

The purpose of this job is to manage and administer various tax abatement and tax increment financing programs. The majority of time is dedicated to supporting projects for the Grand Rapids Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Provides guidance and assistance to businesses, developers, property owners, and citizens, and acts as a liaison with other City departments and partner agencies. Seeks out and implements special programs (i.e. grants), and researches and develops new programs to promote economic development, whether implemented by the City, or a partner organization through a contractual relationship.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Manages and implements the core programs of the Economic Development Department, including various tax abatement programs as authorized by State Legislation, with primary focus on Brownfield redevelopment projects

Evaluates project proformas to determine appropriate level of incentive support

Collaborates with businesses and developers to ensure projects support City priorities

Responds to inquiries from potential applicants, other municipalities requesting information and citizen inquiries regarding specific projects

Evaluates opportunities for grant funding to support business development; writes grants; directs utilization of grant funds; provides oversight to administrative staff for financial administration and reporting requirements of grants

Interacts with businesses and potential businesses to promote business retention, expansion and attraction in the City; serves as a liaison for businesses to other City departments to identify and achieve resolution to issues

Reports on progress and outcomes of departmental programs and initiatives

Performs program evaluation and identifies process improvement; participates in program modifications and/or policies to align with City priorities

Participates in the formation of budgets for the department, including related boards and authorities

Prepares a variety of correspondence and reports related to the work; assists with special projects; maintains records and statistics; attends a variety of meetings

Performs related work as required

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Minimum Training and Experience

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, urban planning or related field


At least three (3) years of professional experience related to economic development


Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities

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