Jeff Traywick promoted to BBA's Vice President of Economic Development


Jeff Traywick has been promoted to Vice President of Economic Development for the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). Traywick has served as the Senior Project Manager for Economic Development since joining the BBA in 2011.

Traywick’s promotion comes after another successful year for economic development in the seven-county region. Traywick has led numerous high-profile economic development projects for the BBA recently, including Amazon’s plan to build a $325 million fulfillment center in Bessemer, Autocar’s $120 million Birmingham manufacturing plant, and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International's $248 million Global Logistics Center and a new after-sales North American hub and MöllerTech’s $46.3 million manufacturing facility, both in Bibb County.

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