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Walker County’s David Knight receives top economic development award

David Knight, executive director of the Walker County Development Authority, remembers the day two decades ago when the Alabama Development Office’s David Echols gave county leaders some harsh truth.

At a meeting, Walker County leaders questioned Echols, a senior project manager for ADO, about why they weren’t seeing project activity. Echols replied they wouldn’t see any projects if they didn’t start working as a team and make investments to prepare for prospects.

“Dave told the truth that kick-started our economic development efforts in Walker County, and it’s something that we have been able to build on ever since,” Knight said. “Dave told us to work as a team. That’s what we do, and that’s what it takes.”

The Alabama Department of Commerce (formerly ADO) recognized Knight with the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service in economic development at the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) winter conference, held this year Jan. 29-31 in Birmingham.

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