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Economic Development Manager - Electric & Gas Utility Industry

Date: Aug 28, 2021

Location: Tampa, Florida, US, 33602

Company: TECO

Title: Economic Development Manager - Electric & Gas Utility Industry   
Company: Tampa Electric Company
State and City: Florida   -  Tampa
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days


Power up a career with us. Our people are our greatest investments. 


Be the light to help us keep our customers connected.  If you are interested in a career and not just a position, Tampa Electric is the place to be! Tampa Electric offers competitive pay, a comprehensive benefits package and opportunities for growth and development in a friendly and professional work environment. We embrace diversity and the inclusion of all. We believe our differences, unique perspectives and talents are our strengths and integral to the success of our company.


We’re honored to serve approximately 780,000 customers across West Central Florida and safely provide them with clean, affordable and reliable electricity. We’ve been doing it for more than 100 years, and there’s so much more ahead.  


Join our team of energy experts as we build on that legacy through innovation, continued solar investments, cost-effective and sustainable energy solutions all while keeping top-notch customer service at the center of all we do. 


Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a family of energy companies which also includes TECO Peoples Gas and New Mexico Gas Company. Emera provides energy to residential and commercial customers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, with career opportunities available in all of these locations. 


What you will be doing if you are offered this position & accept:


Our Economic Development Manager supports and implements the company’s targeted Economic Development goals. Builds effective stakeholder engagement strategies with state, regional and local economic development organizations (EDO’s). Proactively develops and coordinates targeted industry research reports, incentive/rate marketing materials and other support in locating and promoting profitable and energy intensive business growth within the Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas footprint. As the company’s primary point of contact for existing and potential economic development customers, the Manager, Economic Development must exhibit the ability to articulate value proposition and solution offerings to ensure customer satisfaction while balancing the interest of the customer, regulatory agencies, local (EDO’s), and the company’s shareholders.


More specifically, our Economic Development Manager:


  • Develops and maintains strategic relationships with key state and local economic development stakeholders to promote company service areas and offerings to industry prospects. Works closely with External Affairs team to support corporate interest on key economic development organizations (EDOs).
  • Serves as the company and external affair team’s subject and policy expert on best practices, partnerships, strategies, and opportunities to implement the economic development business plan and company’s overall approach
  • Works with EDO partners to promote the company's service area as an attractive location for new business expansion through targeted business recruitment missions and attendance at significant national meetings and conferences
  • Serves as the lead representative and initial point of contact for new business prospects withing the economic development realm and coordinates the company response for specific site selection inquiries.
  • Lead regular meetings with internal and external stakeholders that support economic development. Gather and communicate relevant political, community and business intelligence supporting growth opportunities for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas; when appropriate coordinate with internal business partners and leadership to influence customer, decisions related to relocation and/or expansion.
  • Lead development of draft proposals and targeted marketing outreach to customers, constituents, and economic development organizations. Responsible for the Company’s written response to business customers and economic development organizations request for energy incentives for economic development via Economic Development Rider, Commercial Industrial Service Rider and Special Contracts. Prepares rate calculations and annual bill estimates.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining database to track project activities, KPI’s and monthly reporting processes. Proactive in identifying emerging technologies to support the administration of the economic development strategies.
  • Consult with appropriate business units on prospective projects. Proactively review project plans to identify community/customer concerns and/or potential transmission, distribution, or gas pipeline infrastructure enhancements to meet customer energy needs.


What you must have before you can be considered:


  • 6+ years of work experience related to the Duties and Responsibilities of this position is required. Related experience consists of:  working for a local or state economic development organization, municipality or agency as an economic developer or in similar work for a business or association or other experience related to the position is an advantage.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college in Economic Development, Business or any other related field of study.
  • Knowledge in one or more key areas related to the position, of economic development processes at local, state, or federal level.
  • Ability to understand complex regulatory and policy issues.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.


In addition, the following will help you stand out above the crowd:


  • Experience working in electric and gas utility industry as in a capacity that deals with local governments and agencies, customer accounts, community groups, utility planning functions or public policy.
  • Knowledge of the utility sector.
  • Current professional certifications related to this position.  Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is highly desired.
  • Advanced degree in related area of study.


Leadership Competencies:


  • Builds Strong, Collaborative Relationships
  • Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
  • Develops People & Teams
  • Drives Operational Excellence for Customers
  • Takes Ownership & Acts with Integrity
  • Thinks Strategically & Exercises Sound Judgement


Working Conditions:


  • Frequent travel required and flexibility to work outside normal business hours.




TECO offers a competitive Benefits package!!


Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage  *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs * On-site Fitness Centers * Bonus Plan and more!



STORM DUTY REQUIREMENTS....Please make sure to read below!!!  Responding to storms will be considered a condition of employment.


TECO Energy and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our TECO Energy customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.


TECO Energy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


TECO Energy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.


In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at TECO Energy will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.


Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


ADA policy

It is the policy of TECO Energy to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.



Application accommodations

Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.


Pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 

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