As the Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, Greg Canfield has taken his role on with zeal as Alabama’s leading economic developer, and as the chairman of Governor Bentley’s strongly-knit Alabama Economic Development Alliance (AEDA).
Canfield’s job is to ensure that the four priorities of the Department are fulfilled: recruitment and expansion activity, export opportunities for Alabama companies, small business opportunities, and avenues for job creation in the film and entertainment industry.
As chairman of the AEDA, Canfield plays a lead role in implementing the strategic plan that concentrates on the state’s strengths in 11 sectors, including aerospace/defense, automotive, agricultural products/food distribution, steel/metals, forestry products, chemicals, biosciences, information technology, enabling technologies, distribution/logistics, and corporate operations.
The Alabama native is a successful business executive who launched the Business Development Committee during his service as president of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce. The committee recruited many new businesses to his community.
Governor Robert Bentley appointed Canfield as director of the Alabama Development Office on July 18, 2011. (Now renamed the Alabama Department of Commerce.) Prior to joining the department, Canfield served in the Alabama House of Representatives as chairman of the Commerce & Small Business Committee. Graduating from Huffman High School in Birmingham, he went on to attend the University of Alabama and UAB where he earned a Finance Degree in 1983.
Greg began his career in sales with the Fortune 500 Company Purolator Corporation. He became the Southeast Regional Sales Manager and then Regional Administration Manager with responsibility for the corporate regional budgetary process for the southern region. Canfield later became a National Account Manager for Transus Freight Systems, with responsibility for the eastern region from Alabama to New Jersey.