Governor Bentley Announces New Alabama Development Office Director
"Governor Robert Bentley recently announced the appointment of Greg Canfield as the new Director of the Alabama Development Office. ADO Director Seth Hammett is returning to his position with PowerSouth Energy. Greg Canfield began his career in business with the Fortune 500 Company, Purolator Corporation. He later became the Southeast Regional Sales Manager and then Regional Administration Manager with responsibility for the corporate regional budgetary process. Canfield entered the insurance and financial services field in 1991 and opened a small business in 1993 marketing insurance services to businesses and individuals. After selling his business in 2008, Canfield joined J.H. Berry Insurance in Birmingham, AL.
Canfield was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in November 2006 to represent Jefferson and Shelby Counties. He has taken an active role in local and state economic development activities. As President of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce in 1997, Greg Canfield launched the Business Development Committee that went on to recruit investment in commercial properties and businesses in the community. In 2000, serving as President of the Vestavia Hills City Council, he was instrumental in the development of the City’s first long-range economic and land use plan that became the basis for future business development activity in that City.
“Greg is a salesman at heart and will be a tremendous asset to the Alabama Development Office. He knows both large and small business, having worked for Fortune 500 companies and started a small business from the ground up,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “As a long-time leader in one of the economic centers of Alabama, Greg has been deeply involved in significant job recruitment efforts at both the state and local level. I am pleased that he is willing to serve in this important role, and I look forward to continuing to work with our entire ADO team as we put Alabama back to work.”
“I am very excited Governor Bentley is giving me the opportunity to build on Alabama’s legacy as one of the most desirable states in which to locate business and industry,” said Greg Canfield. “Now, more than ever, we must elevate Alabama as the preeminent State for business and job creation. This is Alabama. Let’s do business.”