Tuck announces resignation as MCEDA director
Published 12:34 pm Monday, June 20, 2016
The Marengo County Economic Development Authority will see a leadership change as Brenda Tuck has announced her resignation as the organization’s executive director to accept a position with the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Workforce Development Division.
Tuck has led MCEDA since 2012 and will remain in the position through June.
“I’m very proud of everything we were able to get done during my four years with MCEDA. There are many things we were able to get started that MCEDA will be able to build upon for the future. It’s been an honor and pleasure to work with those in Marengo County and I wish them all the best moving forward,” Tuck said.
Her new position with ADOC allows Tuck to remain a resident of Marengo County. She also said the position with Workforce Development means she will still be involved professionally within the county.
“I’m still at the same table, just in a different capacity,” she said. “This is an opportunity to do what I’ve been doing in a different way. I’m still here and I look forward to continuing to work with the county on its workforce development goals.”
During her time with MCEDA, Tuck work with county, city and town officials on a number of objectives. In Demopolis she has worked with existing industries as well working to bring new jobs to the city’s industrial parks. “We have been working on things that hopefully will lead to announcements in the near future,” she said.
She also worked to secure funding to pave the entry road into the Linden industrial park and worked with Thomaston officials to bring a grocery store to the town.
In Tuck’s new role, which begins July 1, she will serve the Workforce Development Division as a liaison to the state’s Regional Workforce Councils.
“Brenda’s vast experience and industry knowledge makes her a key addition to the workforce division,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “I’m confident that she will continue our efforts to provide and implement high-quality services to the people of Alabama.”
As liaison, Tuck will facilitate and maintain communications between Commerce and Alabama’s Regional Workforce Councils, business and industry, and education leaders. The councils provide a direct link to the workforce needs of businesses at a local level.
“I’m very excited about expanding my role in economic development. I feel that bringing the experience I have from the other side of the table will be a great asset,” Tuck said.
“We are extremely pleased to have Brenda join our regional Workforce Council team, especially, as we launch our reorganization of 10 regions to seven,” said Ed Castile, deputy secretary of Commerce and director of AIDT. “The experience she has in rural economic development, to include workforce development, will be extremely important as we move forward over the next several months and years.”
Prior to serving as MCEDA executive director, Tuck worked in economic development posts at Alford & Associates, LLC and the Pioneer Electric Cooperative.