The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) is pleased to announce that Christopher Bontrager has been elected Southeast Regional Director of the association’s board of directors. Bontrager is a Portfolio Director at Retail Strategies in Birmingham, Alabama. As Southeast Regional Director of SEDC, Bontrager will have a leadership role on the board’s executive committee and help to carry out the association’s program of work for 2020.
Bontrager has years of experience in the field of economic development and brings a unique set of skills to the organization. Christopher was elected to his regional role by the SEDC board members from the Southeast Region — which consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
Chris has been a member of SEDC since 2017,” SEDC President Gene Stinson said. “I am excited we will have the benefit of his leadership on our board, as we continue to expand the benefits we offer our members working to advance economic prosperity in the communities they serve.”
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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. For more information visit www.sedc.org.
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