• Economic Development Specialist

    Job ID
    Position Type
    Hiring Pay/Range
    $51,373.00 - $61,648.00
    Closing Date
    Economic and Workforce Development
    Reporting Location : Location
    US-CO-Fort Collins
  • Overview

    Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD) supports the vitality of our region by providing essential economic and workforce development services to our citizens, and public and private partners. We do this through collaboration and strategic engagement with employers, community partners, and organizations.

    Larimer County is committed to creating a vibrant regional economy that:

    • Supports a diverse industry base.
    • Develops and sustains a robust workforce.
    • Creates a unique sense of place in Northern Colorado.


    LCEWD values employees who are innovative, creative, team oriented, excellent problem solvers and want to make a positive difference in their community. 


    As a part of the LCEWD, the Economic Development Specialist will provide professional and technical expertise related to Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E). This position is responsible for supporting and coordinating the Northern Colorado BR&E Partnership; connecting businesses to needed services and resources throughout Larimer County and Colorado; supporting the economic vitality of Larimer County through meaningful relationships with the private sector; and serving as a resource to other County staff, outside agencies and the general public by providing information and assistance, and by solving problems.  


    The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

    • Meet with local businesses to identify needs and make referrals to resources and services that meet those needs. 
    • Build working relationships with other Larimer County departments, municipal departments and other organizations that serve the business community.  
    • Document BR&E activities in customer relationship management systems. 
    • Convene and serve as an administrative leader for the Northern Colorado BR&E Partnership.
    • Support the development and implementation of activities that help the Northern Colorado BR&E Partnership understand the needs of regional businesses. 
    • Manage and track BR&E activities and data collection across multiple economic development partners. 
    • Assist the Northern Colorado BR&E Partnership in the creation and distribution of reports and information that increase public understanding of businesses’ needs.
    • Inventory and analyze existing physical, social, and economic conditions and resources in Northern Colorado.
    • Support the creation of reports and plans related to BR&E activities.
    • Obtain, interpret, and relay economic and other labor market information to internal and external parties. 



    • Knowledge of economic development concepts and strategies; business retention and expansion practices; business, market, and economic indicators and trends.
    • Skilled at building and managing complex relationships with diverse individuals, organizations, and stakeholders. 
    • Perform duties independently without close supervision.
    • Exceptional problem-solving skills. 
    • Ability to adapt to process changes and manage ambiguous situations.
    • Skilled in providing excellent customer service.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Skilled at record keeping and records management.
    • Above average knowledge of routine software and business applications, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and Google programs (G-Mail, Google Calendars, Google Docs).
    • Experience in a directly related field or performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
    • Education from an accredited college or university or a combination of equivalent relevant demonstrated experience and education.



    • Strong knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
    • Working knowledge of economic incentive and financing methods.
    • General understanding of planning, zoning, project approval, and permitting processes.
    • Experience with project management principles and practices.
    • Basic understanding of County government and functions of the various departments in County government. 
    • Understand the operating characteristics of Geographic Information Systems.
    • Working knowledge of general marketing concepts and principles related to economic development.


    To review the full job description, please click here.


    An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked. A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.


    All application components must be submitted by 11:59 PM MT on the closing date listed.

    Employee Benefits

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