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David Hutchison receives David R. Echols Award

David Hutchison, executive director of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development, received the prestigious David R. Echols Award at the Economic Development Association’s Summer Conference. The award is given annually to an Alabama economic development professional who has demonstrated exemplary commitment, ethics and dedication to advancing the state’s economic development efforts.

The award originated as a means of honoring the legacy of David Echols, a Department of Commerce project manager, who passed away in 2010. Mr. Echols epitomized those qualities associated with the highest ideals of professionalism. The annual award recipient is selected by a committee from nominations put forward by EDAA members.

“I had the pleasure of working with both David Echols and David Hutchison and there is no one more deserving of this honor than David Hutchison. He has always worked with integrity and a singular focus of what is good for Alabama,” said Jim Searcy, executive director of EDAA.

Mr. Hutchison served in several positions during his 24 years with the Department of Commerce, including project manager, assistant director, acting director and, for 10 years, director of business development. After retiring from the Department of Commerce, he was named the executive director of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development.

EDAA is a private non-profit organization representing Alabama’s economic development professionals, public officials, and those interested in moving Alabama forward.