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Community Development, Economic Development - General
DATE POSTED: February 07 2026
Posted By:
Michael Darger
Community economics educators partner with community members to lead economic transformation. Our goal is to help communities create a positive economic climate. 

A primary focus area for this educator position will be on using economic impact assessments and related data to assist local communities in guiding economic change. This position, through collaboration with an Extension specialist, will expand on a successful economic impact program, particularly by developing engagement models tailored for city and county governments. This role will involve in-person and virtual teaching, conducting community-based research, and community coaching. 

Team members represent the Department of Community Development in different regions of the state. We are a highly collaborative team, connecting via technology. Our values include authentic engagement, holistic and equitable prosperity, creativity, and innovation, all grounded in research. Our team is a high impact and high-performance group and a leader in the field of community development. The team partners with and reports to the Community Development program leader for Community Economics. For information about specific Extension programs and initiatives in Community Economics, go to: 

This educator will be in the Rochester Regional Extension office and will primarily serve a region of 16 counties in southeast Minnesota. Nearly every community is within 100 miles of Rochester. Many of the educator responsibilities are conducted in the surrounding cities, so the regional office space is available for planning time, high-speed internet, and connecting with other Extension staff who serve this area. Hybrid office arrangements are possible, but this is not a fully remote position. Travel to partnering communities is expected and compensated. 
Required Qualifications: 

Master's degree at time of appointment. One year of experience in  a related field.
Community Development, Economic Development - General, Environmental, Housing, Planning, Transportation
DATE POSTED: February 27 2024
Posted By:
Regina Dean, Community Development Director
The City of Savage is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop a vision to guide the future of the downtown Savage district.  The vision should identify and prioritize short, middle, and long-term strategies for the of the district with a goal to continue to promote the downtown area by identifying key development opportunities, improving infrastructure, enhancing walkability, and quality of life that fosters a vibrant business and cultural environment.
Community Development, Economic Development - General, Financing, Housing, Management/Administration
DATE POSTED: February 26 2024
Posted By:
Chris Eng, Director of Economic Development
The Washington County Community Development Agency located in Woodbury, MN is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP’s) for legal services to begin in May 2024. 

The Agency will consider proposals for each of the following legal services, separately or any combination of services listed: General Counsel, Bond Counsel, Public Finance, and Real Estate.

Proposed Timeline:
March 15, 2024 – 4:30pm Central Time RFP submission deadline 

March/April 2024 – Internal CDA staff review of RFP’s (CDA staff may conduct interviews with firms)

April/May 2024 – CDA Board presentation, recommendation, and potential contract approval  

May 2024 – Start date of contract(s)  

Questions about this RFP may be made to Melissa Taphorn, Executive Director at or 651-202-2821, prior to submission deadline. The Agency reserves all rights to accept or reject any or all proposals.
Associate Director of Business Development
Economic Development - General, Financing, Management/Administration
DATE POSTED: February 23 2024
Posted By:
Submit cover letter and resume to Position open until filled.
Associate Director of Business Development will work with the Director of Business Development to deliver SBA 504 Loan and New Markets Tax Credit Programs.  The position is new with the goal of developing additional capacity and addressing succession planning.  The Associate Director would receive training through formal association classes and on the job mentorship. 

Required Experience
•	MBA and/or bachelor’s degree in finance, Business, or related field, plus five years’ experience (Manager-Level) or five-plus years’ experience in banking or lending and outreach efforts (preferably commercial/small business); or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•	A minimum of FIVE years’ experience in small business lending and/or financial planning/management.
•	Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite. IT skills and the ability to quickly adapt to specialized software.
•	Education and or experience in financial analysis along with ability to communicate to diverse constituencies.
•	A financial background with a solid understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow analysis and loan underwriting.
•	Ability to write well, communicate verbally in a succinct and persuasive manner, and interact effectively with colleagues, lenders, and technical assistance providers.
•	Strong analytical, time management, and organizational skills, including a high level of attention to detail and ability to work independently.
Preferred Experience
•	Experience with alternative lending and credit enhancement programs, regulated Cooperative financial institution lending, SBA, USDA, CDFI, New Markets Tax Credits and other federal related lending programs.
•	Experience in non-profit board participation and advisory committee participation
Community Development, Economic Development - General, Environmental, Financing, Housing, Management/Administration, Planning, Transportation
DATE POSTED: February 22 2024
Posted By:
DDA Human Resources, Inc. on behalf of the City of Staples, MN
Job Summary: As the Economic Development Director for the City of Staples, this position will manage the Economic Development, Community Development, and Marketing initiatives for the City. This individual will serve as the Executive Director of the Staples Economic Development Authority.

View the full job description at 

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, Public Administration or other related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in local government, financial management, or business ownership or operation or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Apply: Visit and complete the application process by March 14, 2024.

Please direct any questions to Bart Fischer at or 612-920-3320 x119.