Economic Recovery Coordinator - Contract Position

The City of St. Cloud, Minnesota (pop. 67,984) is seeking proposals for full-time professional services of an “Economic Recovery Coordinator” to implement a 2-year economic recovery strategy.  This strategy includes promotion of local industry and workforce assets, aggressive business retention expansion and recruitment, repurpose existing industrial infrastructure, and mitigation of unemployment.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) including project description, scope of work and deliverables, project schedule, submission requirements, evaluation criteria and inquiry contacts is available here.  Initial proposals will be reviewed as early as December 10, 2018 but RFP will remain open until satisfactory candidate is selected.

Economic Recovery Coordinator - RFP
Economic Recovery Coordinator - Scope of Work

Background

In September 2018, the City received a two-year grant from the United States Economic Development Administration (“EDA”) to fund an “Economic Development Recovery Coordinator” and related Scope of Work activities. The grant was awarded after Electrolux, Inc., a freezer manufacturer, announced it will cease operation of the St. Cloud plant at the end of 2019, affecting approximately 900 workers at the city’s second largest private employer. The Economic Recovery Coordinator will be charged with engaging stakeholders to implement a comprehensive set of projects to identify and facilitate business expansion projects based on existing regional strengths and an aggressive business retention and expansion program, to mitigate the hardship of sudden and severe unemployment, and to repurpose and revitalize existing industrial infrastructure for the attraction and creation of new employment opportunities. The Economic Recovery Coordinator will work directly with the Mayor and City’s Economic Development Director, and collaborate with strategic partners including higher education institutions, state and regional economic development organizations, and workforce partners to implement the authorized scope of work.

The project is located in the City of St. Cloud, with a population of 67,984 (U.S. Census Bureau 2017).  The City of St. Cloud is situated along the banks of the Mississippi River and located approximately 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  More than 41 square miles in size, the City straddles Stearns, Benton and Sherburne Counties – serving a regional population area of nearly 200,000.  St. Cloud is easily accessible by Interstate 94, U.S. Highway 10, Highway 15 and Highway 23.  The City’s central geographic location makes it a regional hub for employment in the healthcare, education, retail trade and manufacturing sectors.

Desirable Education and Experience

The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in the development and implementation of economic development strategies, with specific expertise in industry clusters, delivery of business retention and expansion services, business attraction, real estate reuse and brownfields redevelopment, workforce training programs and knowledge of local, state and federal policies affecting business development. 

A Master’s degree in business administration, economic development, political science, planning or public administration or related fields is highly desirable.

Certifications such as IEDC-Certified Economic Developer (CEcd) and NDC-Economic Development Finance Professional (EDAP).

Questions

Questions pertaining to this project should be directed to Cathy Mehelich, Economic Development Director cathy.mehelich@ci.stcloud.mn.us