Department of Commerce
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Secretary of Commerce
Greg Canfield has served as secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce since July 2011, making the former businessman and state lawmaker from Vestavia Hills the state's top-ranking economic developer. Canfield also serves as chairman of the Alabama Economic Development Alliance, an organization set up to implement Accelerate Alabama, the state’s strategic growth plan adopted in 2012 that targets 11 key sectors for expansion opportunities. Read Full Bio
With Canfield at Commerce, economic development activities in Alabama between 2012 and 2014 resulted in capital investment exceeding $13 billion and nearly 56,000 announced new jobs. Alabama also has been ranked as a top state for business by economic development-focused publications such as Site Selection and Business Facilities magazines.
As Commerce Secretary, Canfield is responsible for advancing the department’s key priorities, which include facilitating recruitment and expansion projects, expanding export opportunities for Alabama business, helping small businesses grow, and raising the state’s profile in the film and entertainment industry. AIDT, the state’s highly regarded job training agency, is a division of Commerce.
Under Canfield, Commerce has worked with its economic development allies across Alabama to target industrial and advanced manufacturing projects, while increasing a focus on securing high-paying knowledge-based jobs in the research, engineering, and design fields.
Canfield graduated from Huffman High School in Birmingham and attended the University of Alabama and UAB, where he earned a finance degree in 1983. He began a career in sales with Purolator Corp., a Fortune 500 company. At Purolator, he served as Southeastern Regional Sales Manager before becoming Regional Administration Manager with responsibility for the region’s budgetary process.
Canfield later served as a National Account Manager for Transus Freight Systems, overseeing territory from Alabama to New Jersey.
Canfield entered the insurance and financial services field in 1990. Three years later, he opened his own business, marketing insurance services to businesses and individuals. He sold Canfield Insurance & Financial Services Inc. in 2008 and joined J.H. Berry Insurance in Birmingham.
As president of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, Canfield launched the organization’s Business Development Committee, which promoted the community for commercial investment. In 2000, he was instrumental in the development of Vestavia’s first long-range economic and land use plan.
Canfield was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2006, serving for nearly five years. In January 2011, he became chairman of the House’s Commerce & Small Business Committee.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Canfield as director of the Alabama Development Office (now Commerce) on July 18, 2011.
Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 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. Read Full Bio
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.
Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 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. Read Full Bio
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.
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Director of Business Development
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. Read Full Bio
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.
Director of International Trade
Hilda Lockhart and her staff help companies establish working relationships with export and other professionals, building knowledge that results in lucrative international business. The department accomplishes this mission through several specific activities designed to complement the existing trade promotion programs of other state and federal agencies. Read Full Bio
Activities include special programs and trade events including trade missions, trade shows, and catalog missions. Foreign buyers are encouraged to include Alabama in their U.S.A itineraries, and the state’s exporters and importers receive mass mailings and special publications such as the Alabama International Trade Directory. The department co-sponsors and supports a variety of export development activities for other Alabama organizations.
Small Business Advocacy 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. Read Full Bio
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.
Manager, Alabama Film Office
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. Read Full Bio
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.
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