On July 6, Governor Bentley announced the appointment of Rep. Greg Canfield as the new director of the Alabama Development Office. With a background in business as well as public service, Canfield has been an instrumental policymaker and proactive supporter in the economic development of Alabama. As a municipal leader in Vestavia Hills, Canfield has been integral to the community’s growth, recruiting investors in commercial properties and businesses, and creating the first long-range economic and land use plan. “He knows both large and small business, having worked for Fortune 500 companies and started a small business from the ground up,” said Governor Bentley, “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.” Canfield expressed that he was simply eager to “build on Alabama’s legacy as one of the most desirable states in which to locate business and industry…Now, more than ever, we must elevate Alabama as the preeminent state for business and job creation.”