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Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance markets our region’s advantages to new and existing businesses. We support our local communities and three counties in creating and promoting an environment wherein businesses will choose to invest and create jobs for area residents.

If you are a business owner, investor, site selector, or just have an interest in Northwest Alabama, please reach out to us for more information.  We will act as an extension of you and your staff as you seek information and assistance needed to make an informed business decision. We offer confidential professional assistance at no cost or obligation. Put us to work for you today.

Executive Staff

Tom Wisemiller, President & CEO

Tom Wisemiller has 15 years of experience in successfully managing and promoting economic development programs and projects. In his most recent position as Development Project Coordinator with the Marysville, OH – Union County Economic Development office, Wisemiller led efforts to attract and retain industrial projects in the Union County area, a fast-growing rural/suburban county of the Columbus region. He played a key role in bringing a Spanish Automotive supplier to Marysville. Tom helped to secure a $1.6 million grant from the Ohio Site Inventory Program, which helped to bring a new Class A industrial spec building to Marysville.

Tom also worked for the City of Greenville, North Carolina for 12 years, performing a variety of economic development and downtown revitalization roles.

Tom earned a Master of Regional Planning degree at Cornell University and a B.A. in History from Ohio State University.

Jamie Christian, Marketing & Membership Director

After graduating with a B.S. in Marketing from the University of North Alabama, Jamie served as Executive Director of the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce in her hometown community from 1996 – 2000. She & her husband moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 2000, where she served as Membership Director of the Latino Chamber of Commerce there. She was then offered the position of Marketing Director for a tourist attraction, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk, in Pueblo, modeled after the Riverwalk in San Antonio. As a result of her experience in Chamber work and the tourism industry, Jamie worked in conjunction with several economic development entities to grow the communities in which she worked. She is a graduate of the Auburn Intensive Economic Development Training Course and the Marion County Leadership Program. She also served on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and was very involved, including serving on the boards of numerous travel and tourism associations and charitable organizations in Alabama and Colorado.

Board of Directors

  • Chairman: Heath Reed

  • Vice Chair: Kelli Foster

  • Treasurer: Will Gilmer

  • Wade Nixon
  • Matthew LeDuke

  • Don Cole
  • Anthony Burnett

  • Wayne Christian
  • Mark Brown

  • Katie Garrison
  • Harry Unger
  • Valerie Branyon
  • Al Elbert
  • Andy Johnson

  • Britton Lightsey

  • Phil Harrod

  • Jason Wyatt

  • Hilda Smith