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Research Consultant

CityWide Development Corporation is a nonprofit community and economic development organization operating in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 1972, CityWide works to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. CityWide develops programs and services to address Dayton’s need for economic growth and viable, attractive neighborhoods.
One of the tools in our work are New Market Tax Credits (NMCT). NMTC are awarded by the US Treasury for qualified organizations annually. To compete for these credits, CityWide submits a formal application describing projects that need financing and the outcomes those projects will achieve if funded. The application requires evidence-based metrics for proposed outcomes.
We seek to engage an undergraduate/graduate student to assist with a short-term research project we are undertaking to identify and source quality third party metrics.

·        Work with CityWide staff to understand NMTC application questions related to outcomes and metrics. (how outcomes are written, what they are looking for)
·        Work with CityWide staff to understand the NMTC projects we have historically supported.
·        Develop a list of industries aligned with these projects.
·        Research and identify evidence-based metrics and common indicators used in identified industries.
·        Build database of metrics, including sources.

Required Skills
·        Research skills – ability to efficiently search online data bases
·        Read and analyze reports and data collected
·        Discern key factors to determine whether a source will work
·        Attention to detail
·        Writing and data organization (excel) abilities
·        Ability to work independently and produce consistent work on a schedule