Join Our Team

What We Do

At Greater Fort Wayne Inc., our Economic Development team is working to build a strong economic future for Fort Wayne and Allen County. Our goal is to boost our community’s economic health and improve the quality of life for everyone living here. We achieve this by attracting new businesses and supporting the growth of local businesses. We work with our partners to create an inviting environment through business-friendly policies, attractive incentives, and modern infrastructure upgrades. Collaboration is key to our strategy; we partner with local businesses, local and state government agencies, and utility companies to develop and implement plans for sustainable economic growth. Together, we’re laying the groundwork for a dynamic Fort Wayne and Allen County, where businesses thrive, and communities prosper.

About the Role

Position Title: Director of Economic Development

Compensation: Salaried

Reports To: Chief Economic Development Officer

Description:

The Director of Economic Development will work toward fulfilling GFW Inc.’s mission and work plan. This person will regularly meet with Allen County businesses; assist new/existing companies with attraction/expansion projects; work with local partners to identify and promote economic development tools/programs; engage with workforce development partners; and participate in community and GFW Inc. programming. Must work cooperatively and jointly with businesses and government agencies to provide a high-quality and seamless customer service experience.

GFW Inc. serves as the chamber of commerce and economic development agency for Fort Wayne – Allen County. A successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the GFW Inc. mission and values.

Mission: Building a Nationally Recognized Economy.

Values:

Inclusivity: We value the thoughts and contributions of all people and understand that inclusion is critical to sustainable economic development.

Collaboration: We value imagining and implementing our future collaboratively. Our community wins when the public and private sectors are aligned.

Results: We value getting things done. Wins, big and small, build momentum and create real change.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Proactively work with existing and new businesses that are looking to expand in our market.
  • Manage business retention and expansion efforts through our on-site business visitation program (visiting 500 Allen County businesses annually), including outreach and scheduling.
  • Respond to leads received directly and those issued by our economic development partners.
  • Educate companies on available incentives.
  • Manage active projects: coordinate the relationship between the company and the government agencies (local, regional, state, federal) providing incentives.
  • Report on workflow and accountability to the GFW team and community partners.
  • Work on development issues and projects that result in positive outcomes for the community – as outlined in Allen County Together.
  • Develop leads through relationships with developers, CPA’s, attorneys, bankers, local officials, brokers, etc.
  • Generate leads through various conferences and sponsored events, internal and external to Allen County.
  • Represent GFW on boards, committees, and professional associations within the community.
  • Commit to knowing and adhering to our GFW Inc. team expectations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment or internship without attention to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Required Experience/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Business, Finance, Public Administration, Planning or a closely related field.
  • 5-7 years of economic development, commercial real estate/development, or closely related experience.
  • Passion for the Fort Wayne / Allen County community.
  • Understanding of programs offered by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, City of New Haven, Town of Huntertown, Northeast Indiana Works, and other partners.
  • Working knowledge of planning, procedures, regulations, technological and other market-related changes in all areas related to economic development.
  • Strong analytical skills, ability to resolve problems from a practical standpoint, and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work independently or in group settings.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent organization and communication skills – written and verbal; comfortable speaking in public.
  • Knowledge of computer programs such as Outlook calendar, email, shared drives, Microsoft Office, and Zoom.

Company Culture: High-profile, fast-paced, team-oriented, professional office environment.

Apply Today

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to info@greaterfortwayneinc.com (attention: economic development job posting).