Jeff Traywick serves as the Vice President of Economic Development for the Birmingham Business Alliance. In this role, Jeff carries out the economic development mission of the BBA, manages the economic development team’s functions relating to business recruitment and marketing efforts, acts as a key liaison with regional allies and elected officials, and develops new strategies in these areas to compete in a rapidly changing economic development environment.
Jeff has been with the BBA since 2011, and prior to joining the BBA, Jeff spent 10 years as an economic development professional with the Bessemer Industrial Development Board, eventually managing the organization’s portfolio of $20 million in assets and managing business recruitment efforts with the organization. During his 18 years in the economic development profession, Jeff has managed numerous economic development and commercial projects within the Birmingham region, and, since November 2009, these projects have totaled over 100 announcements in the region, resulting in the creation or retention of over 8,306 jobs and more than $2.7 billion in capital investment.
Jeff was a recipient of the 2012 Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Award and in 2015 was named one of the Top 40 Rising Economic Development Stars Under 40 by Development Counsellors International. In 2018, he was selected as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect. He currently holds a gubernatorial appointment to the Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Commission, serves on the boards of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and the Alabama Chapter of NAIOP and sits on the legislative committee of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is also a member of the Alabama-Germany Partnership and the International Economic Development Council. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he earned his MBA in 2019.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys time outdoors hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or hunting. He is a movie geek that has had the opportunity to dabble in acting over the years with several video games, commercials, music videos and independent films under his belt. He is the proud husband to Alexandra and father to William, his three-year old son.