Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Economic Development Director
Prattville, AL- The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Woody Hydrick as their new Economic Development Director.
With more than 20 years of experience in site selection management and economic development consulting, Mr. Hydrick comes to the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce from Greenville, South Carolina, where he was a partner and managing principal for Global Location Strategies (GLS). Over the course of his career, he has advised corporate investors with the global deployment of billions in capital and the creation of thousands of jobs. Mr. Hydrick has worked on behalf of the some of the world’s leading companies helping to deploy operations from Seattle to Singapore and from Beijing to Basel. Prior to GLS, he was a managing director with the corporate real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, during which time he represented companies such as Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur, and Jaguar Land Rover among others. He notably assisted ThyssenKrupp’s multibillion-dollar steel mill project in Mobile, Alabama, which to that point, was the largest private, foreign direct investment project in the United States.
“We have been deliberate about our search and it has taken some time to find the right fit for our community”, said Patty VanderWal, president of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Woody brings tremendous experience in the disciplines of economic development, especially as a site selector, and I am confident he will lead the Prattville/Autauga community forward in a new and innovative direction. His knowledge of economic development partnerships and recruiting is unmatched. Woody will be an invaluable leader in our economic development efforts and I am honored to have him on our team.”
The Economic Developer Director is responsible for promoting business, industrial and commercial growth through expansion and retention of exiting business and industry as well as attraction and recruitment of new industries and businesses to the city of Prattville and Autauga County.
“I’m excited to join the great team with the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Prattville/Autauga County area is a dynamic community poised for an exciting future. For me, the timing is serendipitous given the opportunities afforded the area and I believe we can forge a great path. I look forward to making a difference for my new hometown.”
The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce was organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial industrial, civic and general interested of Prattville and Autauga Count and plays an integral role in promoting business and the community.
The Elmore County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors recently appointed Cary W. Cox as its new Executive Director.
Cox, in coordination with the county’s municipalities, will lead the economic development for Elmore County. With 30 years of experience in economic development related areas, Cox was selected from a list of highly qualified candidates.
Cox comes from the city of Auburn Economic Development Department, where he served for 14 years.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to promote economic development in Elmore County. I plan to partner with all our stakeholders and businesses to create an integrated plan that addresses the needs of all Elmore County citizens,” Cox said. “All of the pieces of the puzzle are here: natural beauty, rivers, lakes, schools, interstate, utilities, airports, land, history and, most importantly, our people.”
Art Faulkner, Chairman of the Board of Directors said he appreciates the members of the board seeing the importance of this position and taking the necessary steps to get an individual Cox’s caliber and experience level.
Cox is a Millbrook resident, and is expected to start on Dec. 3.
via – The Wetumpka Herald