DeKalb County Economic Development Authority holds open house event

On Dec. 16, the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority (DCEDA) held an open house attended by dignitaries such as Dist. 8 State Sen. Steve Livingston, DeKalb Economic Development Executive Director Jimmy Durham, DeKalb County Commission President Ricky Harcrow and DeKalb County Circuit Clerk Todd Greeson. Several other mayors and industry leaders stopped by during the gathering. This was the first public event at the facility at 2414 Airport Road West in Fort Payne since the initial outbreak of the pandemic in spring 2020. The county acquired the building after Easter Sunday flooding destroyed the previous office at the intersection of Highway 35 and Airport Road. The building contains office space for Durham and Livingston, as well as Dist. 24 State Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter and DeKalb Tourism CEO/President John Dersham. DCEDA recruits new businesses and provides ongoing support for existing businesses located in DeKalb County. Harcrow said the plans remain for the tourism offices to eventually move into their own building on Greenhill Blvd.

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