Executive OfficeFax: 334.242.5669
Ed Castile Deputy Secretary, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT
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Ellen McNair Secretary of Commerce
Ellen McNair began her tenure as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce on Jan. 1, 2024, having been appointed by Governor Kay Ivey.
McNair formerly served as the chief economic development officer for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, where she was a member of the negotiating team that brought Hyundai Motors Corp. to Montgomery. While at the Chamber, she successfully located 600 national and international projects with a combined capital investment exceeding $8 billion, resulting in the creation of almost 30,000 new jobs for the community. The Montgomery Chamber’s Corporate Development Division was named a Top 20 Economic Development Organizations in the U.S. by “Site Selection” magazine four times during her tenure.
She holds the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council, making her one of a handful of economic development professionals in Alabama with this designation. McNair has previously worked for the Alabama Department of Commerce as project manager and as director of research. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. Earlier, McNair had worked in television news in Huntsville. She is a graduate of Auburn University and a native of Boston.
McNair is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and an active member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She is a recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary achievement in economic development in Alabama. She is active in her church and many civic organizations.
McNair is the first woman to be named as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, the first woman CEcD in Alabama, the first woman president of EDAA and the first woman to lead a major metro area’s economic development effort in Alabama.
She is married to Joe McNair, and they have two children and six grandchildren.
Angela Till Deputy Secretary, Business Development Division
As deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, Angela Till serves as the second-ranking leader at the state’s lead economic development agency. Till joined Commerce in July 2014 after a lengthy tenure at the Alabama Department of Revenue, where she specialized in economic development issues.
Till is active in many economic development and industry organizations. She serves as board secretary for the Alabama Communities of Excellence program and as a board member of the Automotive Manufacturers Association of Alabama. She is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council and the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
While at the Revenue Department, Till developed considerable expertise in the financial and tax-related aspects of incentives packages and gained valuable experience working with economic developers from across Alabama.
Before joining Commerce, Till served as the abatement program administrator for the Office of Economic Development in the Revenue Department, helping to craft the tax-related elements of incentive packages for various projects. She administered Alabama’s tax incentive programs for the Revenue Department for 14 years.
In total, Till worked at the Alabama Department of Revenue for 24 years, serving in various positions including senior tax analyst and sales and use tax auditor.
Till holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University at Montgomery.
Ed Castile Deputy Secretary, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT
Ed Castile was appointed Director of Alabama Industrial Development Training on August 16, 1993. He is a former director of the State of Tennessee Industrial Training Service.
He currently serves on the Governor’s College and Career Ready Task Force, the State Workforce Investment Act Board, the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Economic Development Association of Alabama Board of Directors, the Alabama Career/Technical Education Advisory Council, the Commission on Manufacturing, the UAB Biotechnology Advisory Board, and the Governor’s Economic Alliance. He is the in-coming president of the National Association of Industry Specific Training Directors.
Mr. Castile earned a Masters of Vocational Technical Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Studies Education degree from the Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Recruitment and RetentionFax: 334.242.0415
Rachel Madore Senior Project Manager of Business Intelligence and Resources
Ted Clem Senior Project Manager
Ted Clem, an experienced economic developer who has worked in three Southeastern states, became Director of the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Business Development division in March 2015.
The Business Division markets Alabama to the world, pinpointing companies that may have expansion projects in the region over the next three to five years, and supports the expansion and retention of existing businesses. The division works closely with economic development allies throughout the state as part of a team-based recruitment effort.
Clem joined Commerce in February 2014 as a senior project manager and played a key role in two projects in Opelika that involved $340 million in capital investment and nearly 400 new jobs.
Clem began his career in Evergreen, Alabama, as the first Executive Director of the Conecuh County Economic Development Authority. He later served with the Covington County Economic Development Commission before moving on to a business development post at the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce in 1995, followed by a stint the Bay County Economic Development Alliance in Panama City.
Before joining Commerce, Clem served as President of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission in Georgia, where he helped lead community strategic planning efforts and was instrumental in the creation of a $30 million deal-closing fund for projects.
Clem holds the Certified Economic Developer certification and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Troy University, where he played on national championship football teams in 1984 and 1987. He also received a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He and his wife, Stacey, reside in Prattville with their three children.
Eddie Postell Manager
Eddie Postell and the Small Business Office of Advocacy foster the growth of Alabama’s small operations by giving them a variety of assistance. The office provides information to businesses, and the needs and concerns of small-business owners are regularly addressed. Working closely with the Small Business Development Consortium, the agency’s Small Business Office is working in coordination with the consortium’s 11 Small Business Development Centers at universities throughout the state and jointly publishes Alabamas Answers, a guide to doing business in Alabama.
The department also participates in joint efforts with ADECA’s Office of Minority Business Enterprise, as well as other groups around the state involved in the development of small business.
Kathy Faulk Manager
Ms. Faulk and her staff in the Alabama Film Office are tasked with recruiting film, television and entertainment production to the State of Alabama. This office has seen tremendous growth since the passage of the “Entertainment Incentives Act” by the legislature in 2009.
Ms. Faulk was instrumental in passage of this legislation and was appointed to lead the Film Office. She spent over twenty years working in the Governor’s Office under four Governors. Ms. Faulk said that working for the Film Office has been the biggest and most rewarding challenge of her 38 years of state service.
Since joining the staff, the Alabama Film Office has implemented a successful incentives program that is gathering national attention. In April 2013, two feature films were released in the same month; a first for the Film Office. Numerous feature films such as “October Baby”, “42”, “Space Warriors” have filmed in Alabama, along with countless commercials, reality shows, documentaries and music videos.
Prior to working in the Film Office and the Governor’s Office, Ms. Faulk also worked in the state departments of Finance and Human Resources.