Montgomery Chamber Named Top Economic Development Organization Second Year in a Row

MONTGOMERY, AL  |  May 3, 2021 – It was announced today that the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has won the prestigious Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development for the second year in a row. This award is presented by Site Selection magazine to the nation’s top 20 local economic development organizations for their outstanding results in bringing prosperity to their communities.

This year’s winners were determined by an index that examines corporate facility investment projects in US metro areas in 2020 as tracked by Site Selection’s Conway Projects database. Scores are awarded based on six criteria: total projects, total investment associated with those projects and jobs associated with those projects and those same three metrics calculated per capita for the metro area.

The Montgomery Chamber is joined on this list of distinguished organizations by the Austin Chamber, the Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership, and World Business Chicago, among others.

Mac Conway Awards (in alphabetical order by organization name)
Austin Chamber (Austin-Round Rock, TX)
Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce (Bowling Green, KY)
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (Charlotte-Concord Gastonia, SC)
Commerce Lexington, Inc. (Lexington-Fayette KY)
Dallas Regional Chamber // Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX)
Detroit Regional Partnership (Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI)
EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine) // Greater Memphis Chamber (Memphis, TN-MS-AR)
Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership (Chattanooga, TN-GA)
Greater Des Moines Partnership (Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA)
Greater Houston Partnership (Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX)
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ)
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Huntsville, AL)
Indy Chamber (Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN)
Lansing Economic Area Partnership // LEAP (Lansing-East Lansing, MI)
Louisville Forward // Greater Louisville, Inc. (Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN)
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce (Montgomery, AL)
One Columbus (Columbus, OH)
REDI Cincinnati // Kentucky Triad   (Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN)
Savannah Economic Development Authority (Savannah, GA)
World Business Chicago (Chicago-Naperville, Elgin, IL-IN-WI)

In 2020, 26 new and expanding industrial projects announced capital investment and job growth in Montgomery. Dollar General selected Montgomery as the location of their new $26 Million DG Fresh perishable foods distribution center and Mountain Top Industries, global leader in manufacturing of aluminum roll covers for truck OEMS, selected Montgomery as the location of their first U.S. production facility. Hyundai announced the addition of the Tucson SUV to their Montgomery production facility, bringing the total number of vehicles produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama to five.

“We are honored to once again be named among the top 20 Economic Development Organizations in the Country, particularly as we look back at one of the most challenging years any of us can remember,” says Montgomery Chamber Chairman John Yelverton. “In Montgomery, our trusted public private partnership between the City, County and local business leadership, continues to be essential to our ability to bring greater prosperity to the Montgomery area.”

“In spite of the challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber continued working to build a better Montgomery. It helped us protect the lives and livelihoods of everyone in our city. This recognition is indicative of the Chamber’s success in expanding economic opportunity and enhancing quality of life in Montgomery,” said Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed.

“Our economic development team excels in the art of collaboration and partnership through a vision that has been designed and executed by the Chamber, local governments and our business community,” said Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean. “Montgomery County is proud to be a part of this partnership.”

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With a mission to create jobs and a better quality of life in Montgomery and the River Region, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is a full spectrum economic development corporation representing 1,700 organizations and businesses and more than 80,000 employees throughout Montgomery and the River Region. The Montgomery Chamber is an innovative, consolidated organization that addresses destination tourism, economic development, business development, workforce development, and community strategies under one umbrella, linking the public and private sector around a shared vision and providing tremendous value to its investors.


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