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Kate Carroll – Economic Development

WRITTEN BY mwaldrop 3 weeks ago

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Kate Carroll


Phone Number

(309) 635-1071

Highest Education Level

College Graduate

Please describe the position you are seeking

I currently work as the Director of Workforce Solutions for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council in Illinois and am looking to relocate to the charming city of Charleston, SC. I have heard incredible things about living and working in Charleston, and I would love to be part of strengthening and promoting the community. My main skills are public speaking, membership recruitment and engagement, event planning, fundraising, and volunteer coordination.

Relevant Experience

Dear Hiring Manager,

My name is Kate Carroll, and I currently work as the Director of Workforce Solutions for the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. I’ve been in my role for 3 years and have launched three regional strategies to help our employers develop, attract, and retain a skilled and available talent pool in our 5-county region. Ultimately, my top skills are public speaking, organizational development, event planning, fundraising, donor relations, and volunteer coordination.

I am a Greater Peoria native, so moving into this leadership role in my hometown was a natural fit. After graduating from Bradley University in May 2015 with a degree in Organizational Communication and Leadership Studies, I knew two things: I wanted to help others and make a difference in the community. I was hired into the senior level role at the Greater Peoria EDC immediately following graduation and have learned an incredible amount about economic development, cross-functional communication, change management, team building, and building/maintaining effective relationships.

During my current position, I have learned a lot about the importance of building a collaborative effort between different entities within a community. It was my job to act as the “neutral convener” in our community and ensure all the key players were at the table and knew their voices were heard. It was up to me to ensure all our workforce partners were collectively sharing information, so we could eliminate as many silos—and build as many bridges—as possible.

As a result of this collective impact effort, my most well-known success in my hometown was coordinating the first-ever “Greater Peoria CareerSpark,” which touched the lives of 4,000 middle school students. Because my boss had just announced her resignation, it was a critical time for me to take initiative and ensure this event still took place. I ended up raising $75,000 over the course of 6 months and ultimately laid the foundational model for the largest career expo in our state. I was able to bring our industry partners and educational partners around a common goal of developing a long-term talent pipeline.

I am a very passionate and driven employee. One idea that motivates me the most is working with people – whether that is internal communication with my team members or speaking publicly to the community. I am interested in pursuing a career that allows me to utilize my strong work ethic and communication skills to better the organization and community, while continuously growing and developing as a leader.


Kate Carroll
Director of Workforce Solutions
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council | 309-635-1071

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