Community and Economic Development Specialist (Economist III)

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Earliest employment and/or start date would be September 1, 2017.

JOB OBJECTIVE:  This position will be a key part of the agency’s Town Square Initiative, operating in affiliation with the Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based downtown revitalization effort with a 35-year track record of assisting Texas communities. The Town Square Initiative provides services to spur preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale, and high-quality real estate development becomes more achievable in historic Texas downtowns. The initiative seeks to revitalize historic downtowns of Texas through advanced place making techniques. The team actively supports communities in their effort to renew small town cores as walkable, economically viable places with an improved quality of life. The place-driven and market-informed approach combines the latest thinking in urban planning and design, incremental development, and economic analysis to inspire, teach, activate, and support local governments, developers and business owners in the creation of meaningful and sustainable environments.

This position works with other members of the initiative team, including architecture and city planning professionals as well as design, organization, and small business marketing specialists from the program. The initiative works alongside the Texas Main Street Program to address development in historic downtowns that have already demonstrated a substantial commitment to historic preservation-based revitalization. Objectives are accomplished by providing specialized project assistance for vacant and underutilized properties with a focus on:

  • Feasibility studies analyzing redevelopment potential based on market and demographic data

  • Establishing holistic planning strategies for preservation, revitalization, and real estate development needs

  • Increasing and influencing the market exposure of available historic properties

  • Providing information, education, and resources on best practices that have a positive impact on decision-making

In addition to the initiative, the community and economic development specialist will assist the 89 Texas Main Street communities with populations ranging from 1,800 to 330,000 with analyzing and improving their economic vitality of downtown.

Work under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

18-7 Economist III (Community and Economic Development Specialist).pdf

Job Vacancy Notice
Position Title: Community and Economic Development Specialist
Classification Title: Economist III
Job Posting Number: 18-7
Salary: $4,750.00-$5,670.00/month
Salary Group/Class#: B-22/0644
FLSA: Exempt
Opening Date: 07/28/2017
Closing Date: Until Filled
Duration: Regular, Full-time
Hours/Week: 40 hours
Work Location Address: 1304 Colorado, Austin, Texas 78701

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