Finley new ECEDA directorPublished 11:47am Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Elmore County Economic Development Authority board of directors unanimously voted to retain Leisa Finley as the new executive director.
Finley served as the interim director for the last two months before she was voted to the position on Thursday.
“Of course I’m extremely excited,” Finley said of her new title. “… And I’ve got plenty to work on.”
Before serving as interim director, Finley was project manager in the ECEDA office for seven years.
In her new position, Finley will be a one-woman team.
“We’ll just go back to where we were when we started (2002),” Finley said.
ECEDA will continue to be a 501c(3) organization, but will work under the organizational umbrella of the county through a memorandum of understanding.
“We are going to try to restructure and get back to where we were four years ago and do even better,” she said.
Elmore County Commission Chairman Joe Faulk said he expects great things from Finley going forward.
“She’s performed well as a project manager and magnificently as an interim director,” Faulk said. “She has done a great job of maintaining a strong line of communication with key stakeholders, so I’m looking forward to a very prosperous year next year.”
Lee Greer, ECEDA board chairman, said the board is confident in Finley’s leadership going forward.
“We were excited to work with her in the interim position and even more excited to continue that relationship as the new executive director,” Greer said.
As the new director, Finley said there are a number of items on her list to get accomplished.
“Number one on my list is to develop more product for our industry within the county,” she said. “Plus we now have a 750,000 square foot building (former Russell Coosa plant) to market.
“We also have got to put a strategic plan in place where we involve several people from within the county. In the meantime I’m going to work as hard as I can to keep moving forward.”