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Posted: 01/11/2017

Texas Historical Commission
Community Heritage Development

The mission of the THC is to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations.

Community and Economic Development Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Austin, TX


Texas Historical Commission


Job Vacancy Notice




Position Title:                                  Community and Economic Development Specialist


Classification Title:                         Economist III


Job Posting Number:                     17-7


Salary:                                               $4,750- $5,670.00/month ($57,000 - $68,040 annually) Economist III                                   


Salary Group/Class#:                    B22/0644


FLSA:                                                  Exempt


Opening Date:                                 12/19/2016


Closing Date:                                   Until filled


Duration:                                          Regular, Full-time                           


Hours/Week:                                   40


Work Location Address:               1304 Colorado, Austin, Texas 78701




JOB OBJECTIVE:This position will be a key part of the agencys Town Square Initiative, operating in affiliation with the Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based downtown revitalization effort with a 35-year track record of assisting Texas communities. The Town Square Initiative provides services to spur preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale, and high-quality real estate development becomes more achievable in historic Texas downtowns. The initiative seeks to revitalize historic downtowns of Texas through advanced place making techniques. The team actively supports communities in their effort to renew small town cores as walkable, economically viable places with an improved quality of life. The place-driven and market-informed approach combines the latest thinking in urban planning and design, incremental development, and economic analysis to inspire, teach, activate, and support local governments, developers and business owners in the creation of meaningful and sustainable environments.




This position works with other members of the initiative team, including architecture and city planning professionals as well as design, organization, and small business marketing specialists from the program. The initiative works alongside the Texas Main Street Program to address development in historic downtowns that have already demonstrated a substantial commitment to historic preservation-based revitalization. Objectives are accomplished by providing specialized project assistance for vacant and underutilized properties with a focus on:




  • Feasibility studies analyzing redevelopment potential based on market and demographic data

  • Establishing holistic planning strategies for preservation, revitalization, and real estate development needs

  • Increasing and influencing the market exposure of available historic properties

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
REMARKS (Application procedures, Special requirements): State of Texas application must be submitted through the Work In Texas website at www.workintexas.com. You must have a Work In Texas profile in order to login and complete the application. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact your local Work in Texas office. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will NOT be accepted in place of a completed application.
Jada Louhela
Phone: 512-936-2048
PO Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711

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