The City of Oregon City is excited to present an amazing opportunity for a dynamic and engaging leader to serve the business community and oversee the City’s economic development efforts.
The Economic Development Manager will promote new investments in the urban renewal district, downtown, employment and industrial areas throughout the City. The incumbent will implement the City-wide tourism program targeted at increasing visitors, overnight stays and spending in Oregon City. The Economic Development Manager will develop strategies to attract and retain businesses and targeted industries, create employment opportunities and increase the City’s tax base. Lastly, the Economic Development Manager will develop and market programs to promote investment in new commercial and industrial developments; conduct studies to assist in enhancing existing commercial and industrial uses, and work closely with existing businesses, property owners and commercial real estate professionals to recruit new tenants.
The City will rely on the Economic Development Manager to capitalize on a wide range of opportunities unique to Oregon City:
- Willamette Falls Legacy Project
- Newly adopted City-wide Tourism Strategic Plan
- Budding downtown district – 2018 Great American Main Street Award
- Beavercreek Employment Area
- 100 Acres of designated Enterprise Zone
- The Grand Cove Project
Oregon City offers an outstanding quality of life, residents that care about enhancing their community and businesses that strive to make a difference. This position is an excellent opportunity for the right public sector economic development professional that is ready to accept the challenge and make a difference in a growing city that still has a home town feel. The City of Oregon City is dedicated to providing exceptional services to its citizens as well as a welcoming experience to its visitors.
Historic Oregon City is perched on the bluffs overlooking thundering Willamette Falls and situated in the lush green valley at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers. Oregon City has a long-standing reputation for its livability and growing economic climate. Known as “The City at the End of the Oregon Trail,” Oregon City has easy access to all the amenities of the Portland metropolitan area while maintaining the quality of small-town life. It is ideally located less than 30 minutes from downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport. The County seat of Clackamas County, Oregon City was the original capital city of the Oregon Territory. The city (population 34,860) occupies a territory of approximately 9.2 square miles. Interstate 205 and State Highways 99E and 213 provide links to Portland, Salem, Canby, and Southwest Clackamas County.
Manufacturing has been the historic economic mainstay of Oregon City. However, the city is moving to a more widely diversified business community. The support of city and county government continues to draw a growing number of businesses to Oregon City. A wide array of manufacturing, retail, health care, construction, and service industry firms make up the business base in Oregon City. The City is committed to building a dynamic community that leads the State in safety, economic opportunity, livability and historic significance.
Oregon and the Portland Region
With the abundance of rivers, excellent golf courses, and the proximity to Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast, Oregon City offers an expansive range of recreational opportunities. Boaters, water and snow skiers, swimmers, golfers, and anglers have virtually a limitless playground in and around Oregon City.
Examples of Duties
- Work closely with the City Manager to bring development proposals to Urban Renewal and City Commission.
- Effectively communicate the goals, programs and opportunities available for economic development in Oregon City to a wide range of stakeholders including, businesses, citizens and elected officials.
- Develop, implement and manage the Oregon City Tourism Strategic Plan and increase coordination between public, private and non-profit tourism agencies, businesses and organizations. Manage and support the Tourism Coordinator in tourism implementation and coordination.
- Monitor, coordinate, actively engage and provide assistance to business and property owners and business organizations involved in downtown redevelopment and other development areas of interest.
- Serve as project leader for urban renewal development activities.
- Develop and recommend approval of program work plans, services, policies, procedures and reports. Evaluate program effectiveness and recommends actions for improvement as necessary.
- Promote and coordinate development opportunities in the community to private sector development interests. Prepare support data/site information reports, including possible city incentives.
- Conduct comprehensive analysis, technical investigations and research on issues which could impact redevelopment and other development areas of interest.
- Research, develop and recommend new programs, projects or program improvements to enhance the attractiveness of Oregon City as a business and investment location.
- Develop work plans, timelines and resource allocations for assigned projects. Manage consultants and authorizes payment for urban renewal capital projects.
- Provide staff support, develop and manage the Urban Renewal Agencybudget.
- Provide positive public relations and customer service.
Competitive candidates will have a strong knowledge of development programs and effective practices, including downtown and industrial development/redevelopment. It is important to have a working knowledge of laws and regulations governing land development in addition to having a keen understanding of strategic planning methods with an emphasis on services related to assigned program areas.
The position typically requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a four-year accredited college or university, master’s degree preferred. Preferred fields include Business/Public Administration, Urban Planning, Design, Economics, Tourism or related field. A three-year minimum of progressively responsible experience in managing economic development projects and/or programs is highly is highly preferred. Any combination of education, skills and experience may be considered.
The ideal candidate will be able to provide outstanding customer service, the enthusiasm and energy to drive economic programs and the ability to effectively engage others.
Please visit the city’s job board and complete an online application.