Economic Development Director

Jim Fram, CEcD, FM, CCE

Website City of Perryville

The Perry County Economic Development Authority is seeking an energetic leader to guide the economic development efforts in the Perry County/Perryville, Missouri, region.  The Economic Development Director reports to an eight-member Board of Directors and interacts with key business, government, and institutional leaders as well as economic and community developers throughout the region and state.


Perry County, Missouri, is a thriving community of approximately 19,000 people.  The county seat, Perryville, has a current population of 8,555. Perry County is the proud home of Gilster­ Mary Lee (1,200± employees), TG-Missouri (1,700± employees), Robinson Construction (350± employees), The Bank of Missouri Headquarters, West Star Aviation (80± employees), Buchheit Superstore’s Corporate Offices, and a host of other thriving companies. Located on I-55, Perryville is approximately 70 miles south of St. Louis and 30 miles north of Cape Girardeau and boasts the only bridge access to Illinois between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.  Perry County’s unemployment rate is continually among the lowest in the State of Missouri and it is a progressive community, constantly looking for new development opportunities.


The Perry County Economic Development Authority (a public-private partnership) currently has an opening for an Executive Director. The Executive Director is a senior level, professional position and serves as the lead for the county’s economic development and revitalization efforts. The position is responsible for business attraction, expansion, and retention; serving as a liaison between the City, County, and various business organizations and associations.  Additionally, the Executive Director manages the Catalyst Center (Perryville’s business incubator and shared workspace) and coordinates the community’s economic development strategies. The Executive Director is expected to be an active part of the community and will spend a considerable amount of time in the field building relationships and fulfilling principal responsibilities. The Perry County EDA has an annual operating budget in excess of $250,000.


Qualifications:  A self-starter with a high level of emotional intelligence, drive, and vision.  The candidate is required to possess a combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position; must be willing to travel and be available for evening and weekend meetings and special events; a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study and/or CEcD certification is preferred; previous experience with economic development, business financing, and maintaining public/private partnerships is preferred; five or more years of documented success in economic development, workforce development and/or downtown re-development is preferred; previous experience in the solicitation of program funding and maintaining public/private partnerships in economic development is preferred.  A full position description may be found at


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