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Chambers County’s Gray wins top Alabama economic development honor

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Valerie Gray, executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA), has been named the 2019 recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service in economic development.

The award, presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce, represents the highest recognition in the economic development field. It’s named after Echols, a highly successful economic developer who passed away in 2010.

Gray has led the CCDA for 22 years. Under her leadership, Chambers County has secured 16 industrial projects involving nearly $1 billion in capital investment and more than 3,500 jobs in the last 10 years alone.

During this time, she has overseen a transformation in the east Alabama county’s economy, which has shifted from its textile industry roots to a diversified mix of auto suppliers and other industrial operations.

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