HIRING: Regional/Economic Development Planner

The Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning & Development Commission (IMCAL), located in Lake Charles LA, is responsible for the economic development and regional planning of 5 Southwestern Louisiana parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis.

IMCAL is looking for a motivated, entrepreneurial planner who understands economic development, the processes of obtaining grants, loans and other financial and technical support for the region. This position reports to the Executive/MPO Director.

The Regional/Economic Development Planner is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring community planning and economic development throughout the five-parish region.


  • Facilitate community/economic development planning process;
  • Works with Economic Development Administration (EDA), Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and other federal and state agencies regarding funding and grant opportunities;
  • Establish and support a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) committee and any appropriate sub-committees;
  • Develop economic profiles for the region and communities;
  • Facilitate the development of community economic development plans including a vision, goals and objectives and any on-going changes, as appropriate;
  • Research and provide recommendations regarding regional planning and economic development opportunities;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate any economic development and regional planning studies, as needed;
  • Represent communities and the region at regional and national conferences and meetings;
  • Secure funding for economic development activities and programs;
  • Be entrepreneurial in securing opportunities which assist the goals of IMCAL;
  • Develop a communications strategy for consistent outreach to the communities in the five-parish region and beyond;
  • Develop sustainable strategies and plans to assist communities with basic planning concepts;
  • Other duties as required or as needed.


A bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, political science, economics, business or related discipline. A master’s degree is a plus, but not required. Industry certifications such as AICP or CEcD is a plus.

Four years or more of planning and/or economic development experience or closely related background.

An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of economic development principles, a strong research/analyst and communicator. Must be able to work independently and be pro-active around the region regarding economic development and planning matters. Must be able to manage complex and long-term projects

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Please send resume and letter of interest to: Cheri L. Soileau, AICP, Executive/MPO Director, 4310 Ryan, Suite 330, Lake Charles LA 70605 or cheri@imcal.la

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