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Jim Searcy
Executive Director
Jim Searcy
Jim Searcy was named Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) in July 2013 after serving as the Executive Director of the Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance. Previously Jim served as Vice President for Business and Industry Retention with the Birmingham Business Alliance. He has served as Vice President of Marketing for the Birmingham Metropolitan Development Board. Jim began his career in economic development as a project manager with the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Jim served as both a Board member and Executive Committee member of EDAA. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) and the board of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission (SARPC)

Jim has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery.

He is married to the former Lesley Hassell of Tuscaloosa and they have a son, Sam.
Savannah Wright
Director of Member Services / Administration Manager

Savannah Wright

Savannah Wright came to EDAA after completing a six month internship with Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. While working at Walt Disney World, Savannah gained valuable insight into Disney's first-class guest service and leadership training. 


Savannah is a graduate of Auburn University's Harbert Business School where she majored in Marketing. During Savannah's senior year at Auburn, she was a marketing intern with the Auburn Athletic Department. This internship exposed Savannah to the major aspects of marketing, including sales, advertising, event scheduling, guest service, and assisting with logistics for events ranging from 90,000 in attendance to less than 100.

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