Greg Barker has been named president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
EDPA is a private, nonprofit group that supports business recruitment and expansion efforts throughout the state.
Barker succeeds Steve Spencer, who recently retired as EDPA president.
Barker comes from Alabama Power Company, where he worked as vice president for customer services. Alabama Power Company CEO and EDPA chairman Mark Crosswhite said Barker has extensive experience in community and economic development going back almost 20 years.
“Greg is a proven leader in economic and community development,” Crosswhite said. “His vast experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to support new and existing Alabama businesses, drive business growth and attract new industry to our state.”
Before joining Alabama Power, Barker served as president of the Calhoun County Economic Development Authority and executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Development Board for the Birmingham region. Barker also served on the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Delta Regional Authority.
Upon being named EDPA president, Barker said he was eager to hit the ground running working with partners to boost Alabama’s economic development efforts.
“The work I’ve done in economic development has been the most rewarding aspect of my career and has always been my real passion,” Barker said. “I look forward to joining the team at EDPA and working with economic development allies throughout the state to do our part to build on Alabama’s great economic development success.”