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Sec. Canfield to depart Commerce with veteran economic developer tapped as successor

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey today announced Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will step down at the end of the year after serving in the post for 12 years. The governor has tapped Ellen McNair, an economic development veteran, to serve as the next secretary of Commerce.

“Throughout my time as governor, we have proudly solidified Alabama as a top state for doing business, and no doubt, Greg has been a key part of that success. Together, we have secured more than $42 billion in new investments in our state, which has created 78,000 good-paying jobs,” Governor Ivey said. “Greg will go down as one of Alabama’s best economic development heads, and he will be noted for projects like Mazda Toyota and credited for branding the Made in Alabama name worldwide.

“I will forever be grateful for all that Greg has accomplished for our state, and I know he will continue having great success in his career,” she added.

Secretary Canfield, in both his role at Commerce and in the Legislature, has been a champion for pro-business legislation. Most recently, The Game Plan, Alabama’s economic incentive package, passed in 2023 and will help the state continue attracting businesses and industry, as well as support existing companies for years to come.

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