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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jimmy Durham Receives Prestigious Statewide Economic Development Award



Monday, February 10, 2015 4:23 PM


Diana Goss
Marketing Director
Office: (256) 845-7957 

DeKalb County Economic Development Authority Director, Jimmy Durham, received the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service in Economic Development.  The award was presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce at the Economic Development Association of Alabama Winter Conference in Montgomery.  

The award is named in honor of the late David Echols, a senior project manager for the Alabama Development Office, now the Alabama Department of Commerce.  Echols is credited with bringing thousands of news jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investments to Alabama during his career.  Additionally, he earned the respect of colleagues throughout the state, region and nation for his professionalism.  The award named in his honor recognizes the qualities of excellent for which he was well known.  Jimmy Durham is the fourth recipient of this award. 

"This award is very special to me because Dave and I not only worked closely together; we were also very good friends."  It was even more meaningful that Dave's wife, Cynthia and his daughter, Katie could be present when the award was presented."  "David Echols was instrumental in helping locate both Ferguson and Plasma Corporation.  

Durham said he was very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve the people of DeKalb County.  Even though the award went to Durham, he said economic development is a team effort and he wanted to thank Pam Clay and Diana Goss with the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority for their dedication and hard work. 

Jimmy is a graduate of Fort Payne High School and attended Auburn University where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing and Transportation.  At Auburn, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Marketing Student Award and other academic honors.
In 1994, with the creation of the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority, Jimmy was hired to be its Executive Director.  Since its inception, Jimmy has been the only Executive Director.

Presently Jimmy is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and a former member of the Board of Directors.  He is also employed by Northeast Alabama Community College since 1975 and Athens State University as an adjunct instructor in the Business Department.  He has served on the Fort Payne City Board of Education and is currently serving as President of the School Board.

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DCEDA is committed to the health of our economy by working closely with our existing industries and diligently recruiting new industries to our beautiful DeKalb County Alabama.

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