James Arnold

 
Economic & Community Development
Title: Economic / Community Development Director
Phone: 618-692-7533
James Arnold (2)


Biography


Education

  • Edwardsville High School (2004)
  • McKendree University - Bachelor of Arts, Biology (2008)
  • McKendree University - Master of Arts, Educational Studies (2015) (MAED)
  • University of Oklahoma - Economic Development Institute (2019)
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis - Chancellor's Certificate in Fundamentals of Economic Development


Boards

City of Edwardsville:  Recreation, Arts and Special Events (2014-2021) (recently resigned)
Heartland Advisory Board - New Market Tax Credits (2016-current)
Illinois Economic Development Association Board of Directors (2020-current)


Experience

While with Madison County, I administered the four county enterprise zones, as well as numerous grants that helped the citizens of Madison County.  With this, I met with numerous economic developers and made long standing relationships.  With the experience I gained through training, education and relationships, I hope to bring professionally managed growth to the City of Edwardsville.

Personal Life

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Katie, and my daughter, Murphy.  We reside in Edwardsville.  I'm Edwardsville through and through - this is home.  We love our parks, hiking, and summer events at City Park.  I'm incredibly passionate about soccer and have coached Mater Dei's Varsity Boy's program for 13 years.

 

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