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Help Wanted: North Carolina Global Trans park – Economic Development Region

BRIEF JOB SUMMARY: Acts primarily as an existing industry specialist for NCGTPEDR as an advocate and catalyst for NCGTPEDR’s existing industry sector. It promotes the growth and expansion of established industries, encourages the development of new markets, and supports the day-to-day operations of existing industry. It includes addressing all problems and/or impediments to growth by helping to eliminate them through effective engagement with industry management and community leaders. Participate in NCGTP regional economic development activities. The main area would be NCGTP and Lenoir County Industries.

SPECIFIC DUTIES: Manages all aspects of a Retention and Expansion Program, including the following: Implements regular and ongoing plant visits, prepares a weekly target for tracking and measurement. This includes monitoring the potential risk of closures, management changes, job increases/decreases, investments and future expansion plans. It maintains a database of information on all existing industries. This includes producing year-end reports on trends and highlights. Responsible for producing an annual salary and fringe benefit survey. This involves getting a written response from HR officials and entering the data into a published document. It helps in any existing industry expansion plans. This includes property acquisition, utility improvements, facility additions, and workforce recruitment and training. It also includes the participation and dispatch of the inspection and authorization process. It responds to the basic information requests of the existing industry. It solves existing industry problems. This includes immediate and successful resolution on behalf of the industry. May include working and coordinating with a variety of organizations, agencies, officials and staff. Researches and/or initiates any existing industry assistance opportunities through grant, loan and tax programs offered by local government, State of North Carolina and/or Federal agencies/programs. Track all grants awarded to industry from local, state and/or federal sources, ensuring the necessary steps are implemented for payment disbursements. Assist in press releases and other media relations for existing industry in coordination with NCGTP Regional Marketing Person. Serves as liaison with Lenoir/Wayne Community College regarding any training opportunities. This includes organizing meetings between existing industry officials and Lenoir/Wayne Community College representatives Assists groundbreaking and/or ribbon cutting events. Organize, in coordination with the NCGTP regional team, the existing seminars on the industry. Serves in coordination with the Senior Vice President as a contact regarding workforce and workforce development issues. This includes participation in various ad hoc committees and coordination with other agencies, namely the transportation committee and apprenticeship program committees. Assist in the coordination and implementation of various existing industry events. This includes, but is not limited to, Lenoir County Manufacturer Luncheons, Regional Manufacturer Associations and roundtables coordinated with NCGTP Regional Vice Presidents.

OTHERS: Performs related duties as needed LIAISON DUTIES: Acts as primary liaison in coordination with NCGTP Regional Vice Presidents between existing industry and the following agencies/officials: Local Government Units/Lenoir County and City of Kinston Partners of NC Economic Development – Existing Industrial Services NC Military Business Center Department of Transportation Public Service Allies Lenoir/Wayne Community College Small Business and Technology Development Center Lenoir/Wayne Community College Business and Industry Center WORKS Coordinator NC Workforce Solutions NC Public School System.

COMPANY DUTIES: Maintains active membership/relationship with the following organizations/programs: NC Economic Development Association NCGTPEDR Transportation Committee (and TCC) Works Advisory Committee and related subcommittees

EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND SKILLS: Degree in one of the following areas – Industrial Technology; Business; Economy; Communications, or a related equivalent – OR – At least five years of experience in a field related to economic development, industry or business. Degree from the Institute of Economic Development preferred. (If not, the employee must complete the courses and graduate.) Proficiency in Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office programs (includes Word, Power Point, Excel, Access and Publisher)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Limited physical activity is required, but may include carrying supplies and other office items to and from the office, carrying easels and display boards, carrying shovels for groundbreaking work, carrying and transporting various office items to and from of off-site meetings, bring laptop and projector and setting. office supplies for different meetings. In addition, walking around the plant and the grounds of the local industry will be a weekly activity. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Lashanda Hall, Director of Human Resources, Lenoir County Government via email ( or: Lenoir County ATTN: Lashanda Hall PO Box 3289 Kinston, NC 28502


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