• 84°
Kimberly Carter Chambers County Development Authority director of branding and recruitment, was named Young Professional of the Year by the Economic Development Association of Alabama Monday. She is pictured with the EDAA President Patrick Murphy, left, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, right. Carter is in the middle.

Kimberly Carter named young professional of the year

VALLEY — The director of branding and recruitment at the Chambers County Development Authority was honored by a statewide economic development entity Monday.

Kimberly Carter was named Youth Professional of the Year at the Economic Development Association of Alabama Summer Conference.

According to Chambers County Development Authority Executive Director Valerie Gray said Carter was selected by her peers as someone who represents a true young professional and is the future of economic development in the state.

“It is truly an honor to stand among my fellow young professionals to receive this award,” Carter said to the Valley Times-News in an email. “I would not be the professional I am today without the EDAA professionals that have poured into me over the past eight years.”

Carter thanked Gray for giving her the opportunity to attend the events, serve on committees and learn what it takes to change a community.

“In the future, I hope to continue to work with the EDAA leadership, board of directors and the young professionals committee to continue to develop young leaders in the field of economic development,” she said. “This profession truly allows us to foster change in the communities that we know and love.”

Gray congratulated Carter on the accomplishment and was able to watch her receive the award by way of Facetime.

“Our board of directors are committed to the CCDA having professional staff members who go above and beyond their call of duty,” she said in an email. “That award signifies many hours away from home and loved ones recruiting and building her professional reputation in the state of Alabama.”

Gray the residents of Chambers County are good hands when Carter is working on their behalf.

“The citizens of Chambers County can rest assured knowing that Kimberly represents them professionally and works hard daily to make our community a better place to live,” she said.

The EDAA is a membership-based organization focused on promoting economic growth in Alabama.

Economic development professionals throughout the state, along with individuals and companies in related fields, work together with the EDAA staff and board of directors to help positively influence state legislation and industrial growth within the state.