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Economic Development Planner

Company: Mid-Ohio RPC
Location: Columbus
Posted on: September 20, 2023

Job Description:

Salary : $53,549.00 - $85,679.00 Annually

Location : 111 Liberty St Suite 100 Columbus, OH

Job Type: Full-Time

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid

Job Number: PG-8-23

Department: Programming

Opening Date: 09/14/2023

As Central Ohio's regional council, MORPC is an association of cities, villages, townships, counties and regional organizations and serves rural, suburban, and urban areas. We take pride in bringing communities of all sizes and interests together to collaborate on best practices and plan for the future of our growing region. We do this through a variety of programs, services, projects and initiatives - all with the goal of improving the lives of our residents and making Central Ohio stand out on the world stage.

One of Central Ohio's greatest strengths is the diversity of our communities, and to best serve our region, MORPC assertively values diversity and inclusion and strives to reflect those values in our team, our work, and our positive impact for the region. Our work progresses when our team can draw on a wide range of personal experiences and backgrounds, and when each member is open to learning from the experiences of others, both internally and externally. As an equal opportunity employer, we fully support all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and do not discriminate against applicants for employment or employees because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical conditions, age, disability or other handicap, genetic information, marital/familial status, veteran status, military status, or income or status with regard to public assistance in any aspects of our personnel policies, working conditions, or hiring and recruitment.
To create and nourish a workforce as diverse as the Central Ohio region, MORPC encourages members of groups traditionally underrepresented in local government and professional positions to apply for our open career opportunities.

MORPC recognizes the value of a healthy work/life balance for our team members and as such, we provide a variety of benefits to promote that balance. Eligible employees receive a free system-wide transit pass and discounted access to other alternative transportation modes to provide options for commuting to work. MORPC encourages opportunities for career advancement through generous tuition and professional development incentives, leadership programs, and participation in local and national organizations. For eligible permanent positions, MORPC also offers flexible schedules and remote work options as well as paid time off and holidays. MORPC employees may also be eligible for excellent health, vision and dental insurance, employee assistance programs, employer paid short-term & long-term disability coverage, employer paid life insurance in the amount of $50,000 coverage, participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, plus two Deferred Compensation Plans that employees can opt into for additional retirement funding. More info can be found in the benefits link within the online posting.

This position assists the Economic Development Director & Regional Innovation Officer in providing economic development and planning assistance to communities in the MORPC service area. This position facilitates economic development assistance and projects in the region thorough implementation of the regional Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This position works closely with One Columbus, private sector stakeholders and local public agencies to coordinate regional improvements and assists with project development and public review and involvement processes. The position supports delivery of economic development resources under the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The position assists with numerous other economic development resources and projects spanning resources from multiple state, federal and local sources.

Examples of Duties

  • Assist communities with project applications, grant writing and project development for projects that support economic and community development
  • Provide technical assistance to local governments, business, regional entities and other stakeholder organizations in the economic recovery and resiliency from the pandemic
  • Assists with Economic Resiliency Planning and prepare economic data and analysis.
  • Assist with updates to Competitive Advantage Projects (CAP) - bi-annual project prioritization process and CAP technical assistance
  • Economic Development District (EDD) - support for formation and servicing economic development partners
  • Assists with administration of brownfields programs through U.S. EPA
  • Coordinate information requests for economic development transactions
  • Manage special projects related to economic development or workforce access; support agency planning projects with economic or infrastructure development components
  • Support major regional competitive grant applications
  • Assist with organizing and facilitation of meetings for various programs, initiatives, or forums
  • Prepare research, planning reports and summaries
  • Maintain working knowledge of federal and state guidelines
  • Knowledge of Public Involvement, Social and Environmental Justice
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned. Essential Functions:
    • Prepares research, planning reports, and summaries.
    • Presents reports and represents MORPC in a non-policymaking capacity to government officials, citizen groups, professional organizations, etc.
    • Represents MORPC in various public forums including public involvement meetings, and inter-agency coordination meetings.
    • Assists with updating MORPC planning and program documents.
    • Maintains working knowledge of federal and state guidelines.
      Typical Qualifications
      Knowledge of the principles and best practices of public administration, economic development and planning. Understanding of the resources available to and needs of Central Ohio seeking economic development project assistance. Should be familiar with federal, state and local resources for economic development and infrastructure planning. Ability to communicate effectively with MORPC members, state agencies, federal agencies. Must have strong project management skills and ability to conduct research and prepare reports and presentations. Organizational skills are essential and the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite Programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Teams. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills and strong ability to work independently and on a team. Essential functions include the ability to use phone, computer and participate in meetings in person and virtually. Ability to conduct virtual meetings and webinars, and the ability to establish good working relationships with peers and partners. Acceptable Experience and Training:

      Completion of a bachelor's degree in City and Regional Planning, Economics, Civil Engineering, Geography or comparable subject matter from an accredited college or university PLUS a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in economic and community development; OR a combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job.
      Supplemental Information
      MORPC is an EOE/AAP employer. Please apply online at or you may mail a resume to: MORPC Attn:PG-8-23 111 Liberty St., Suite 100 Columbus, OH 43215

      No phone calls please.

      Personal Time Off- (PTO) LEAVE
      15-33 days depending on the length of continuous service

      11 Paid Holidays = New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

      Employee cost share for individual and family plans

      Employee cost share for individual and family plans

      Employee cost share for individual and family plans

      Employee cost share for individual and family plans

      Employee cost share for individual and family plans
      First day of the month after employment begins
      Paid $50,000 of term coverage

      PERS - Public Employees Retirement System
      Employee contribution of 10%, MORPC contribution 14%

      Employee contribution 1.45% matched by MORPC for employees hired on or after April 1, 1986

      Deferred Compensation plans available through the State of Ohio or the County Commissioners Association of Ohio

      Columbus Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union for checking, savings and loans or other services

      Flexible and staggered working hours may be available for employee's individual requirements, when work duties permit. Must be approved by department head and executive director.

      Tuition reimbursement program, seminars, conferences and training offered to develop employees to enhance MORPC outcomes.

      COTA C-Pass-Free to all employees who regularly work more than 15 hours per week.

      A combination of in-office & remote work, with the potential of scheduled days per each, for all positions

Keywords: Mid-Ohio RPC, Columbus , Economic Development Planner, Other , Columbus, Ohio

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