Linda Swann Named Director of the Alabama Development Office
MONTGOMERY -- Governor Bob Riley has appointed Linda Swann as the new director of the Alabama Development Office (ADO).
Swann has served as ADO’s assistant director since 2003. She also oversaw various planning activities, provided project support and delivery for business development, and managed the state’s Certified Capital Companies program. Prior to January 2009, she served five years in a dual role as director of the Alabama Film Office.
Swann replaces former ADO Director Neal Wade, who resigned from the agency this week to accept a job as senior vice president of St. Joe Co., a Florida real estate development firm.
“Since the beginning of my administration, Linda has been one of our most valuable economic development assets,” said Governor Riley. “No one knows the workings of ADO and economic development in Alabama better than Linda.”
During her tenure with ADO, Alabama was named “State of the Year” by Southern Business and Development magazine for a record-setting five of the last seven years. The agency also received top honors with Site Selection magazine’s National Competitiveness Award in 2005 and 2007 for state–level economic development; and Alabama won Area Development magazine’s first ever “Golden Shovel” award and three subsequent “Silver Shovels” for superior performance in job creation at the national level.
Swann currently serves as President of the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE), Secretary of the Alabama Land Bank Authority, Board member of Design Alabama, Advisory Board member for Alabama’s Science and Technology Road Map Project, and as ADO’s alternate representative to the Alabama Workforce Development Advisory Council and the Alabama Supercomputer Authority. She also served on the Alabama Commission on Infrastructure.
During her extensive career, she ran her own consulting firm, Economic Development Services & Strategies, served as the Director of Business Information with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, served as Associate Director for Alabama Power’s Alabama Resource Centers in Birmingham and Montgomery, and was Manager of Research and Existing Industry Assistance at the Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority.
In addition to achieving the designation as Certified Economic Developer, Swann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama and a Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Southern Economic Development Council. She also served multiple terms on the Boards of Directors for the International Economic Development Council and the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
The mission of the ADO is to coordinate economic development resources leading to quality job creation and retention throughout Alabama in multiple segments of the state’s economy.