58 INC. is seeking a new Managing Director of Economic Development

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Melody WhittenDirector of Development

Melody Whitten
Director of Development

Melody has a diverse background in economic and workforce development having served in positions with the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Snead State Community College, the City of Albertville and the Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division. Through these roles she has had the opportunity to facilitate, implement and manage a wide range of local and regional development activities while gaining valuable experience in retail and industrial recruitment along with workforce training initiatives. Melody has been at 58 INC since 2017 where she’s successfully facilitated several development projects while also standing up a consortium style US DOL registered apprenticeship program in machining and welding for the Birmingham region. Melody received her Bachelor of Arts from Jacksonville State University, completed the Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Course and recently acquired an Alabama Real Estate license. She is also currently attending The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Melody is a member of EDAA, ICSC, represents Shelby County on the WIOA Board for Region 4 and was recently appointed by Governor Ivey to the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways.

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Jackson PruettSenior Project Manager

Jackson Pruett
Senior Project Manager

Jackson is experienced in industrial recruitment, business retention and expansion, and workforce development. He comes to 58 INC. after serving as Vice President of Business Development and Support at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Project Manager at The Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Auburn University. Jackson is a graduate of the Auburn University Government & Economic Development Institute and The University of Alabama Economic Development Academy. He was also selected for The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Leads Education & Workforce Fellowship in 2019. Jackson resides in Pelham, Alabama with his wife.

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58 INC.

1126 County Services Drive
Pelham, Alabama 35124

Phone: 205.620.6658
Fax: 205.620.6644
Email: info@58inc.org