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Economic Development Director


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Economic Development Director                                                    

Community Development


This position is responsible for managing the Downtown Development and Main Street Program and promoting retail development in the City for the City of Sandersville.


  • Coordinates the activities within the downtown development and revitalization program developed by the City of Sandersville, Downtown Development Authority and other committees and organizations.
  • Serves as staff and liaison between City and DDA and the City and Main Street; manages administrative aspects of program including record keeping, preparing reports, grant administration and budgeting and accounting for the program; coordinates meetings, prepares minutes, agendas and other materials, maintains records and implements the decision of the DDA and Main Street; informs City Administrator of pertinent issues as they arise.
  • Develops and conducts ongoing public awareness and educational programs to enhance the appreciation of downtown and foster an understanding of downtown development goals and objectives to the public.
  • Works with downtown businesses to undertake joint activities such as promotional events, advertising, uniform streetscape, and parking management; encourages a cooperative climate between downtown interests and local public officials; advises businesses and other organizations on downtown programs, activities and goals and objectives.
  • Develops a plan or program to revitalize downtown by identifying existing and missing businesses from downtown; targets and recruits those missing businesses to promote a healthy mix of occupants.
  • Maps and inventories downtown businesses and track vital information for each business; visits businesses and provides assistance in promoting business.
  • Searches for financing options for redevelopment in downtown businesses and buildings.
  • Coordinates education seminars and classes to educate downtown merchants in needed areas.
  • Works with other city departments, non-profits, and civic groups to assist with various special projects, festivals and events.
  • Develops and implements a plan to promote retail development within the City of Sandersville.
  • Performs related duties.
  • Manages the City’s website and electronic billboards.


  • Knowledge of the techniques used in the grant application process.
  • Knowledge of city ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public financial management and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of downtown development techniques and processes.
  • Knowledge of public finance principles.
  • Knowledge of the economic and demographic profiles of the city.
  • Knowledge of computer operations and applications.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective public relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


The City Administrator assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.


  Guidelines consist of city ordinances, grant application instructions, city policies and procedures, and directives from   the DDA, Main Street Board.  These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.  This   position develops guidelines for the city.


  • This position consists of diverse activities in planning and coordinating the downtown development program of the city.  The variety of businesses, individuals, and governing entities contributes to the complexity of the work.
  • The purpose of this position is to manage the operation of the downtown development program.  Successful performance facilitates the development and revitalization of the downtown area and affects the image of the city.


  • Contacts are typically with coworkers, employees in all city departments, members of the City Council, members of the Downtown Development Authority, Main Street Board representatives of civic organizations, developers, business owners, and the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to provide and exchange information, motivate personnel, negotiate matters, and resolve problems.


  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light objects.
  • The work is typically performed in an office.





  • Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field required.
  • More than three years of related experience required.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.



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