Research Manager - Economic Development

Posted: 01/11/2022



The Research Manager oversees research and analytical support, including the management contractors, research tools/resources, designated projects and support in RFI/RFP responses & business development activities.

The Research Manager also collects, manages and analyzes data in support of economic development initiatives. The Manager is responsible for providing economic analysis, conducting business research, authoring the department’s publications, managing data collection efforts, and providing timely and accurate information.

The Research Manager will coordinate all necessary data for economic development efforts and assist in marketing & communication efforts. This role will support all functions in the organization with economic development being the primary focus.



Essential duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and maintain information on the region such as comprehensive statistical profile, industry sector data, and maps
  • Define long term strategies to handle information, including storage, management, reporting, and analysis
  • Undertake research in support of economic development project, business development, marketing activities, workforce development and attraction, small business and entrepreneur support and advocacy
  • Undertake research to support the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce programs and initiatives
  • Conduct analyses of Chamber membership to support investor relations
  • Oversee third-party contracts and serve as technical liaison with site selection consultants, as necessary
  • Monitor new economic and business data products and technology and evaluate for use
  • Manage research and information databases to support publications, technical assistance and custom research work programs
  • Research, locate, collect, analyze and provided economic and demographic data
  • Develop spreadsheet models and use other techniques and software to analyze data
  • Clean, organize, and validate databases in preparation for further analysis
  • Provide research topics and proactively seek new data sources
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with local, regional, and national government agencies, and the economic research and real estate communities
  • Answer questions on publications and on the availability of definitions of economic and demographic data
  • Conduct interviews and surveys for specific projects and initiatives



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, business, or other applicable programs preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in economic development research
  • 3+ years of experience in research project management
  • Strong quantitative skills and ability to accurately transcribe, process and analyze quantitative information
  • Familiarity with sources of data on employment, wages, and other economic indicators
  • Ability to translate complex quantitative information and concepts into clear written and oral explanations for non-technical users
  • Comfort while interfacing as part of the economic development process
  • Collaborative, team-oriented and client-focused approach
  • Ability to prioritize among competing needs and opportunities and manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Detail-oriented in analyzing and providing quantitative information
  • Enterprising and resourceful
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office, analytical software, GIS, CRM, as well as general computer and internet skills

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