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The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is a nationally
recognized economic development organization whose mission is to
positively impact the regional economy of Hays and Caldwell
Counties through the expansion of high quality jobs and investment.
GSMP is the economic development contractor working on behalf of
the City of San Marcos, Hays and Caldwell Counties. Our close-knit
team will work to implement a five-year economic development
strategic plan called Vision2025 which includes marketing &
promotion, business recruitment, existing business retention and
expansion, workforce development, and research. This position will
take a leadership role in working with GSMP Board Members, Regional
Partners and investors to promote the region to prospective
businesses, site consultants, and other interested parties.
The Greater San Marcos region has received top spots in numerous
rankings from “Best Place to Move To” and been recognized by Forbes
Magazine as “America’s Next Great Metropolis” due to its economic
and population growth, which is outpacing other Texas metros. GSMP
is seeking an experienced, energetic and highly motivated economic
development professional to be responsible for the recruitment of
new industries/ companies to the region. Located on the
historic square in the heart of downtown San Marcos,
this position will be an important member of GSMP's
Work closely with members of the team including Marketing,
Business Recruitment and Expansion (BRE), and Research in the
development of recruitment initiatives and strategies.
Lead recruitment efforts for high-value prospects in target
industry sectors as defined in Vision 2025.
Work with the Research Specialist to compile responses to
Requests for Information (RFIs) from companies, site selection
firms and economic development partners. Provide appropriate follow
up and excellent customer service to ensure that projects reach
Generate prospect leads in target industry sectors.
Maintain project files utilizing project management system for
activity tracking and reporting.
Host and organize corporate site visits and familiarization
Organize GSMP marketing trips, coordinate with participants
including investors and partners; and participate in marketing
trips with regional partners.
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with national and
regional real estate brokers, site selection consultants and others
for lead generation.
Work closely with regional economic development partners in Hays
and Caldwell Counties in the recruitment of companies.
Oversee investor and stakeholder committees related to economic
diversification and job creation.
Supervise the Research Specialist and Project Manager
Develop and analyze local incentive proposals on behalf of the
city and counties for qualifying prospects, present projects and
incentive proposals to elected officials and city/county staff and
assist with final contract development.
Provide presentations to interested parties on regional economic
Maintain relationships and working knowledge of new developments
and real estate activity.
Maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders and
regional partners including regional communities, the Austin
Chamber of Commerce and the Governor’s Office of Economic
Development & Tourism.
Extensive experience and knowledge of economic development
processes and issues with in-depth knowledge of practices and
trends. Knowledge of finance and real estate.
Familiarity with local and state incentive programs and
qualifications. Ability to perform difficult and complex analyses
related to the effective use of economic development incentive
Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Word,
Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Ability to travel several times a year. Able to work events
outside of normal business hours.
This position requires an individual who possesses the following
qualities and skills and has the desire to be part of an energetic,
Ability to handle leadership role and make sound decisions.
Excellent sales ability. Ability to effectively “pitch” the
region to potential prospects.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to
communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences.
Ability to prepare complex proposal documents and to read,
analyze and interpret financial reports and legal documents.
Ability to positively respond to problems of a complex nature
regarding policies, procedures, regulatory climate and other issues
and find workable solutions.
Energetic, highly motivated self-starter who meets deadlines and
can handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Team player with positive attitude. Excellent organizational
skills and problem-solving ability.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Economics
or related field related to the position. Master’s is preferred.
CEcD a bonus.
5-7 years relevant industry experience in economic development,
sales, real estate or related field.