I sat down with Brenda to learn more about what an economic developer does and why her job is more difficult because she’s doing it in a rural area. The following is an excerpt from our interview with Brenda.
What is the job of an economic development director?
I’m a Jackie of all trades. We are a small office. I’m it. On any given day, I don’t know what’s going to come in. I could be responding to a request for information on one of our industrial sites. I could be talking to somebody who wants to start a small business. Couple that with writing all of the grants in the county. I wrote nine grants last year and we got eight of the nine. And I generally administer all of those grants so there’s time spent reporting and documenting things and turning all of that information in.
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