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Peggy Smith, Director

Peggy Smith, Director

Peggy has served for more than 30 years as the Director of the Cullman Economic Development Agency. She is active in matters affecting the local business climate of Cullman and the State of Alabama. Peggy is past Chairman of the Economic Development Association of Alabama Legislative Committee and is on the Board of Directors for the Cullman Park and Recreation Foundation. She has served as President of EDAA and the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama/Germany Partnership, the Alabama Agribusiness Council, and the Alabama delegate to the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). Peggy was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to the Alabama Workforce Investment Board and the Alabama Rural Action Commission. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Japan America Society of Alabama. Peggy is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, the Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, Intensive Economic Development Course at Auburn University and Leadership Cullman.


Dale Greer, Assistant Director

Dale Greer, Assistant Director

Dale oversees industrial projects for CEDA. He also coordinates special projects for the office, including serving as project manager of the Duck River Dam and Reservoir. Mr. Greer serves on the Board of Directors for the Cullman Park and Recreation Foundation Board, Cullman Rotary Club President, Wallace State College Future Foundation, Wallace State Alumni Association and the Chairman of the Region 2 Workforce Task Force. He was President of the Economic Development Association of Alabama in 2002-2003 and served as Alabama Delegate to the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). Mr. Greer is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, the Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, Intensive Economic Development Course at Auburn University and Leadership Cullman. He is also a graduate of Wallace State College and Athens State University. Dale was appointed by Governor Bentley to the Alabama Workforce Council.


Susan Eller, Project Coordinator

Susan Eller, Project Coordinator

Susan assists with the project development of Duck River dam and reservoir for Cullman’s future water supply. She plans and coordinates special events associated with the EDA office such as: Receptions, announcements, groundbreakings, etc. Retail recruitment and workforce development are also Susan's responsibilities. She is an active member of the Cullman Area Workforce Solutions (CAWS) group, and organizes: Keeping It Real and the Teacher Exchange Program. Susan is in her third term as a member of the Good Hope Town Council. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University and Leadership Cullman.


Jamie Troutman, Business Development Manager

Jamie Troutman, Business Development Manager

Jamie works on industrial and community projects. She creates materials distributed by CEDA, manages the website, and aides in industrial recruitment. She writes requests to obtain federal and state funds for Cullman projects and works with legal documentation regarding industries and projects. Jamie also works closely with the Industrial Development Board of the City of Cullman and Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Jamie is past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce Existing Business and Industry Committee, and former member of the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee. Appointed by Governor Bob Riley, Jamie served on the State Health Coordinating Council 2005-2011. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University and Leadership Cullman - class president. Jamie serves as Vice Chairman of the Cullman City Schools Foundation and received the 2014 Cullman City Schools Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2014, Jamie was appointed to TVA's Rural Cabinet as one of two representatives from Alabama. She is a 2015 graduate of the TVA Rural Leadership program and has recently been invited to be a part of the inaugural Applied Economic Development Honors class at the University of Alabama. Jamie received her B.A. in Public Relations from Auburn University.


Kevin Jackson, Existing Industry & Economic Development Manager

Kevin Jackson, Existing Industry & Economic Development Manager

Kevin is responsible for incentives related to new and expanding industries. He also provides assistance with expansions, training, abatements and aides in industrial recruitment. Maintaining information on the available buildings and sites is also one of Kevin’s responsibilities. He received his B.S. in Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a graduate of the Economic Development Course at Georgia Tech, the Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University, the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and Leadership Cullman. Kevin will graduate from TVA's Rural Leadership program in 2017.

Executive Committee

  • Chairman - Mark Bussman
  • Vice Chairman - John Apel
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Tim Culpepper
  • Past Chairman - Dennis Richard

Board Members

  • Shawn Crider
  • Jeff Hill
  • Danny McAfee
  • Barry McGriff
  • Fess St. John
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200 1st Avenue, NE
Cullman, AL 35055