Retail Strategies' Portfolio Director Chris Bontrager elected to the SEDC Borad of Directors, Director of the State of Alabama.

Christopher Bontrager, elected as SEDC Alabama Director

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We are thrilled to share Christopher Bontrager, Portfolio Director for Retail Strategies, has been elected to the Board of Directors as the SEDC State of Alabama Director.

“I congratulate Christopher on being elected to serve on SEDC’s Board of Directors for 2019. Representing over 900 economic development professionals across the American South is an honor and validates leadership and dedication to the profession. As Chairman of Board of Directors this year, I am confident that Christopher will assist us in facilitating our 2019 program of work, in addition to helping us chart our course for future programming.”

Raul Peralta, 2019 SEDC ChaIrman

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America. Founded in 1946, the Council is a nonprofit membership organization of 900+ active and influential economic development professionals representing: local, regional and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance and education. Through conferences and meetings, research and publications, networking and educational opportunities, SEDC enables members to advance their common interest – the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession.

They have members in 17 states in the American South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


SEDC will provide useful information and dynamic leadership to economic development practitioners throughout the American South.

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