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About DCEDA

DeKalb County Economic Development Authority (DCEDA) recruits new businesses and provides ongoing support for existing businesses located in DeKalb County. The authority can help businesses by providing statistical information, assisting with incentives and assistance programs for new and expanding businesses and providing businesses support programs for existing businesses (Industry Resources). For site selection or business assistance, please contact the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority staff at 888-421-7957.

Staff

Jimmy Durham, Executive Director

JDurham HeadshotJimmy Durham has served as the Executive Director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority since its inception in 1994. A native of DeKalb County, he has been involved in economic development throughout his career. Jimmy is presently serving his third five-year appointment to the Fort Payne Board of Education and has served as an adjunct professor in Business for the past 32 years at Northeast Alabama Community College. Jimmy graduated from Auburn University with a BS Degree in Marketing and Transportation and a Master’s Degree in Business.

He was employed for 16 years with Ladd Engineering and Ladd Environmental Consultants as a planner, grants writer, marketing director. Between 1986 and 1989 he served as the Executive Director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Muscle Shoals and was responsible for the design and funding of the Museum. In 1989, Jimmy, moved to Montgomery to take the appointment as Program Manager for the Alabama International Airport Study and later became the first Executive Director of the Alabama International Airport Authority. In 1994 Jimmy moved back to DeKalb County to serve as the Executive Director of the newly formed DeKalb County Economic Development Authority.

Jimmy has served on the Fort Payne City Council and served two terms as President of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, TVA Leadership Program, and the Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course.

Awarded the 2014 David R. Echols Distinquished Service Award from the Alabama Department of Commerce

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Membership in Professional Organizations includes:
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA)
  • North Alabama Industrial Development Association (NAIDA)
  • TVA’s Rural Economic Development Cabinet
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA)
  • Alabama Germany Partnership (AGP)
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)
  • Southeast US/Japan Association
  • DeKalb Jackson Industrial Development Authority (DJIDA)

 Pam Clay, Business Retention and Expansion Director

PClay HeadshotPam has been with DCEDA since 2008. Responsibilities include developing and implementing an existing industry support program which includes facilitating Leadership Skills training through AIDT, hosting workshops on OSHA, EEOC, Energy Savings and Sustainability among others such as current policy changes that have an impact on manufacturing. She works in partnership with local education systems, Chambers of Commerce, Alabama Technology Network, Career Centers and existing industry. Provides assistance with expansion projects, tax abatements, incentives and available training.

Additional activities include serving on the Alabama Regional Workforce Development Councils Grant Review Committee, Advisory Council for DeKalb County Technology Center, Leadership Committee for Northeast Alabama BEST Robotics, Advisory Committee Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance, DeKalb County Human Resource Professionals Group Membership Committee, Northeast Alabama Maintenance Managers Group Secretary, and is the Co-Chair of Made In DeKalb Steering Committee. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Northeast Alabama Workforce Development Council, (Region 2).

She is a graduate of the Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course and a graduate of the Leadership DeKalb County Program. 

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Membership in Professional Organizations includes:
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA)
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA)
  • North Alabama Industrial Development Association (NAIDA)
  • Business Retention Expansion International (BREI)
  • Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM)
  • Southeastern Employment and Training Association (SETA)
  • National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP)

Diana Goss, Marketing Director

Diana GossDiana began her career in Economic Development when she joined DCEDA in 2004. Her responsibilities include all financial and budget activities. She manages all marketing activities such as overseeing the website and social media, creating marketing presentations, documents, maps, and generating other resources for DCEDA readership. She also assists in industrial recruitment. 

Additional responsibilities include Information Technology management in which she handles resources like networking hardware and computers, as well as software and data. 

Diana graduated from Shorter University with a BBA degree, Bachelor of Business Administration, with a minor in Biology. She is a graduate of the Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course, graduate of the Leadership DeKalb County Program and a graduate of the Tennessee Valley Authority Rural Leadership Institute.

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Membership in Professional Organizations includes:
  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA)
  • North Alabama Industrial Development Association (NAIDA)

Board of Directors

Name/Location

Role Appointed By

Dr. John Anderson
Rainsville, AL 35986

Chairman Mayors Association
Bobby McCurdy
Valley Head, AL 35989
 
Vice Chairman County Commission

Bill Jordan
Fort Payne, AL 35968

Secretary City of Fort Payne

Danny Lacey
Fyffe, AL 35961

Treasurer Legislature

James Coker
Collinsville, AL 35961

  County Commission

David Killian
Fort Payne, AL 35968

  Legislature

Mike Simpson
Rainsville, AL 35968

  Legislature

 Sustaining Members

TVA

Tennessee Valley
Authority

256-430-4804 www.tvaed.com
DeKalbCountyCommission DeKalb County
Commission
256-845-8500 www.dekalbcountyal.us
 FortPayneImprovementAuthority

Fort Payne Improvement
Authority

256-845-0671 www.fpia.com
 SandMountain

Sand Mountain
Electric Cooperative

256-638-2153 www.smec.coop
CityOfFP

City of Fort
Payne

256-845-1524 www.fortpayne.org
FPWaterWorks

Fort Payne Water

Works Board

256-845-0449 www.fortpaynewater.com
MarshallDeKalbElectric

Marshall DeKalb
Electric Coop

256-593-4262 www.mdec.org
 FarmersTelecom

Farmers Telecommunications
Cooperative

256-638-2144 www.farmerstel.com
DeKalbCherokeeGas

DeKalb Cherokee
Gas District

256-845-3731 www.dcgas.org
GIGCountry
 
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CONTACT US

1503 Glenn Blvd. SW, Suite 200 | P.O. Box 680941 | Fort Payne, AL 35968

1.888.421.7957 | 256.845.7957 info@dekalbeda.com