As President/CEO Jeremy is responsible for overseeing the operations of the MCEDA such as financial matters, proposals, preparation of promotional material, etc. as well as working with prospective industries who may be looking at the Morgan County area for plant location. Jeremy received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Alabama and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He was promoted to President/CEO from Vice President in July 2005.
Ben Peck, Project Manager
Ben oversees the development of the new Morgan Center Business Park in Hartselle, AL. and helps manage the Decatur-Morgan County public port facilities along the Tennessee River. He also assists the President in recruiting manufacturing industries for Morgan County. Ben received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Construction Engineering and his Masters of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama.
Mary Ila Ward, Existing Business and Workforce Development Consultant
As Existing Business and Workforce Development Consultant, Mary Ila is responsible for working with approximately 200 manufacturing industries and service companies throughout Morgan County. She also coordinates the existing industry visitation program, oversees workforce development strategic efforts, and facilitates leadership training. Plus, she executes and compiles data gathered from the Morgan County Wage Survey. Mary Ila received her B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and is a native of Decatur.
Cindy Vinson, Research Administrator
Cindy is responsible for updating area demographic and statistical information and preparing information proposals for prospective companies looking to locate in Morgan County. She also updates available building and site information; existing industry and prospect databases; and new and expanding industry statistics. Cindy is a native of Lawrence County and received a B.S. in Business from Judson College in 1986.
Carolyn Poovey, Financial Affairs
Carolyn is responsible for handling all financial and budget matters for MCEDA and the Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority. She also handles correspondence concerning Port Authority business, as well as the Cooperative District. Carolyn is a native of Decatur.
Kayla Riggs, Marketing, Communications & Membership Coordinator
Kayla is responsible for planning , development and implementation of all the Organization's marketing strategies , marketing communications, public relations activities and membership initiatives both externally and internally. She also oversees the development and implementation of support materials in the area of marketing, communications and membership development. Kayla is a native of Lawrence County and received her B.S. degree in Public Relations and minor in public communication from the University of North Alabama.