David Hutchison, director of business development for the Alabama Department of Commerce, was named executive director of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

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Hutchison tabbed as BCCED director

Published 5:05pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Butler County Commission for Economic Development has a new executive director.

The BCCED announced Tuesday that David Hutchison, director of business development for the Alabama Department of Commerce, will assume the role beginning in January.

“I’m a big Auburn fan, but the best college football coach out there is Nick Saban,” said Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon. “I honestly believe we hired the Nick Saban of economic development.”

Hutchison will replace former executive director Ricky McLaney. McLaney’s contract was not renewed following his annual review in January.

McLendon, who serves as the chairman of the BCCED, has served as the interim director during the search for McLaney’s replacement.

Hutchison said he is excited to “join Butler County’s team,” and looks forward to helping attract new industry as well as supporting existing industries.

“Economic development is a process and not an event,” he said. “I intend to take advantage of any regional opportunities that are available to us, but I am also going to determine how to be of assistance to our existing industries.”

Hutchison said that as the executive director of the BCCED he will work to advance all of Butler County, while being focused on the organization’s mission and available to both in and out of the office.

Cleve Poole, the vice president of the BCCED, said that Hutchison was chosen to help the organization make a shift in how it was operating.

“We did some soul searching and went over what we were doing and what we weren’t doing,” Poole said. “One of the things we weren’t doing was focusing enough on existing industries. We wanted to move in a direction where we were helping our existing industries grow, thrive and survive in Butler County.”

The announcement came at the first ever Industry Appreciation Luncheon, which was held at the Wendell Mitchell Conference Center on the campus of LBW Community College.

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