Economic Development Director

East Texas COG
October 28, 2022
Winnsboro, Texas
Job Type


Application Period: October 4, 2022 – November 13, 2022

Organization:        East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG)

Representing:        City of Winnsboro – Member Government

Street Address:     501 S. Main

City:                     Winnsboro

State:                   Texas

Zip:                      75494

The City of Winnsboro is seeking applicants for the role of Economic Development Director. Winnsboro is a member of the East Texas Council of Governments, partnering with ETCOG to fill this position as part of our Executive Recruitment Services offering.

Halfway between Dallas and Texarkana, Winnsboro is a quiet community that treasures its past while embracing the future. With a population of 3,584 citizens, it remains the "hub," or centralized location, for many other East Texas cities, starting with Greenville to the West, Mount Vernon to the North, Pittsburgh to the East, and Quitman and Mineola to the South.​ Winnsboro is recognized as the Arts and Music Center of East Texas, a Preserve America Community, and a Main Street Community. The city features numerous shops, restaurants, performance venues, and civic organizations unique to East Texas, along with the Winnsboro Fine Art Market, the month-long Autumn Trails festival, and numerous other celebrations. For more information about the City of Winnsboro, please visit

Job Description: 

The Economic Development Director is responsible for recruiting new businesses, expanding existing businesses, and improvement and management of the economic position of Winnsboro. The EDC Director works under the direct supervision of the City Administrator and serves as the liaison and point of contact to the Economic Development Board. The EDC Director must be an aggressive, goal-oriented, self-directed individual with a desire to deliver significant results in a timely manner. The selected individual will search for and contact potential organizations to locate in Winnsboro, determine business potential, be the focus of the interaction process, and assist the organization in location to the City. Additional responsibilities include economic tracking and reporting, planning, training, coordinating with local businesses and organizations, and functioning in other roles as required.

Salary Range & Benefits: 

$50,000-$65,000 per year

Education and Skills Requirements: 

High School Diploma or equivalent required; Formal, accredited training in Economic Development, Business, Public Relations, Marketing, Finance, or a related field. Minimum of three to five years of practical experience in economic development. Experience may replace formal educational training.  Successful completion of Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) and Economic Development Institute (EDI) is preferred or the ability to obtain within the first year.

The Director must have significant knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in City organization, operations, policies and procedures; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously; outstanding oral and written communication skills; knowledge of personal computers, copiers and printers; good organization skills and highly detail oriented; excellent customer service skills; ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, employees in other City departments, outside agencies and the general public with a courteous and professional demeanor; ability to understand (and request clarification when needed) and follow written and oral instructions, City and Departmental policies, rules, regulations, and laws; be available after normal working hours when required.

For More Information:

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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