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Board of Directors


Jim Byard, Jr.
, Byard Associates, LLC

Vice Chair:
Jeremy Arthur
, IOM, CCE, Director, Government and Economic Development Institute, Auburn University Outreach

Co-Chair, Governance Committee:
Nisa Miranda, Director, University of Alabama Center for Economic Development

Co-Chair, Governance Committee:
Brandon BiasAICP, Regional and Community Planner, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Landscape Architecture and Community Planning

Chair, Development Committee:
Paul Carruthers, Regional Community Affairs Manager, Regions Bank

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair:
Dennis Fain, Retired, Jackson Thornton/Main Street Wetumpka Treasurer

Tina Naremore Jones, Development, University of West Alabama


Tim Blair, CCIM, CPM, Partner, Shannon Waltchack

Stephanie BryanCEO/Chair Poarch Creek represented by Amy Gantt, Treasurer, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Council

Greg Cochran, Executive Director, Alabama League of Municipalities

Ronald W. Davis, Executive Director, Wiregrass Resource Conservation & Development 

Toni Eberhart, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton 

Charles Goodrich, Managing Director of Timberline Venture Investments

Deon Gordon, President, TechBirmingham

Pammie Jimmar, President, Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce

Paul Kennedy, President, Walker Area Community Foundation

Matthew McCurry, Manager of Business Development, Alabama Power 

Steve Pelham, Associate VP for Economic Development, Auburn University Research and Innovation Center

Tami Reist, President/CEO, Alabama Mountain Lakes Association

Joshua Vick, Business Development Lead, Spire 

David Walker, Non-Profit Consultant

Ex Officio Members

Courtney Bennett, Director Liason, Montevallo Main Street Executive Director 

Kenneth Boswell, Director, Alabama Dept. of Economic & Community Affairs (ADECA), represented by Elaine Fincannon, Deputy Director, ADECA

Greg Canfield, Director, Alabama Department of Commerce represented by Eddie Postell, Director of Small Business Advocacy

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss

State Rep. Anthony Daniels

Scott Farmer, Executive Director, Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission

Lisa Jones, Executive Director Alabama Historical Commission represented by Paige Thomas, Certified Local Government (CLG) Coordinator/Community Preservation Grants Coordinator/Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage, Alabama Historical Commission

Connie Payton, City Clerk, City of Calera

Jo Jo Terry, CTIS, IOM, Digital Marketing Director/Gulf Coast Regional Director, Alabama Tourism Department


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