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Former ASCC president named Coastal Gateway interim director

Dr. John A. Johnson, a former president of Alabama Southern Community College, has been named interim executive director of Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance (CGEDA) by the CGEDA Board of Directors, effective July 15.

The position became vacant after Jim Searcy stepped down. Searcy took a position as executive director of The Economic Development Association of Alabama.

Larry Woods, chairman of CGEDA said of Johnson, “He has the necessary economic development experience and knowledge of the region to lead the organization.”

Johnson said he would move forward with the projects the alliance has been working on and seek solutions and new opportunities.

“I wish to express my gratitude to the board of directors of the alliance for allowing me this opportunity to grow jobs for the Coastal Gateway region,” said Johnson. “Over the coming days, I will continue to recruit the projects which we are currently working and visit members of our existing industry. I am delighted to have another opportunity to spend my days working to make the region a better place to live and work.”

Johnson, the director of the consulting group North Star Associates, LLC., was founding executive director of the Monroeville/ Monroe County Economic Development Authority. Also, he currently serves as Vice President and Alabama Director of Community and Economic Development at The Montgomery Institute, a private, non-profit organization committed to upbuilding the region of West Alabama and East Mississippi.

Dr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of CGEDA and is its secretary. He previously served as vice-chairman.

The job announcement and search process for the new executive director will be announced at the next CGEDA board meeting on July 24.

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