Job Posting: CEO - Economic Development Council of Central Illinois

Business and municipal leaders in the Peoria Area (400,000) are conducting a national search for a dynamic leader to guide a revitalized economic development strategy for downstate Illinois’ largest metro. The CEO of the Economic Development Council of Central Illinois (EDC) is accountable for executing a strategy to increase the tax base, grow head-of-household jobs and wages, and attract public and private investment to a 5-County region.

Principal responsibilities include recruitment, retention and expansion, quality of place development, and nurturing high growth business sectors. The preferred candidate will be a politically savvy leader possessing the highest level of integrity, passion and drive with the proven ability to lead a staff of 10 and manage an annual budget of over $1M through the implementation of an asset based development strategy.

Our ideal candidate will have the following training and professional experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in a related field
  • 7 years of experience as an economic development professional
  • Certification as an Economic Development Professional (CEcD) 
  • Documented  track record achieving results in sales and marketing, business attraction, and complex financial structures.  
  • Previous experience in non-profit administration
  • Proven record of engaged leadership models and Board of Director development programs
  • Proven history of building collaborative partnerships between public, private and nonprofit organizations
  • Success with regional economic development programs (three counties or larger) in strategy development and project implementation
  • Experience in the integration of community with economic development programs and strategies 
  • Proven experience in coordinating and facilitating industry cluster programs with heavy private sector leadership and involvement
  • Previous use of performance measurement techniques including economic analysis
Salary Range is $110,000 - $130,000. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2013.
To apply for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to Cal MacKay at


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