The David R. Echols Award is presented to the Economic Development Professional of the Year. The award recognizes the exemplary performance and leadership of an Alabama economic developer at the local, regional, or state level. The award recognizes the long-term professional career achievements of the candidate.
Criteria to be evaluated includes experience (a minimum of 10 years economic development experience in Alabama), training and education, service to EDAA and other professional organizations, service to economic development colleagues and peers, ethical conduct in dealing with others, a highly developed sense of professionalism, leadership and an abiding desire to advance the profession of economic development.
Non-professional criteria to be evaluated can include community participation, civic participation, religious/charitable/educational related activities, etc.
A committee consisting of 2 past recipients and representatives from the EDAA Board, the Alabama Department of Commerce, and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, and the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
Anyone or any organization interested in submitting a nominee for the David R Echols Award should complete the following nomination form and return it to:
The criteria is listed on the application and nominations will be accepted October 12 – December 15.