MONTGOMEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Names New Senior Vice President, Military and Community Development

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Montgomery Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Nov. 18.

Montgomery, Ala. – November 18, 2019 – The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has named retired Brig. Gen. Trent H. Edwards as Senior Vice President, Military and Community Development. Edwards will focus on the viability and growth of Montgomery’s military missions while leading new community-wide initiatives that fuel the regional economy and quality of life for all.

“Trent is an incredibly skilled and experienced leader, and we are so fortunate to have recruited him and his family back to Montgomery,” said Anna Buckalew, president and CEO of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to protecting and leveraging the River Region’s extensive military footprint, Edwards will be building new strategies to fuel economic and entrepreneurial growth around Montgomery’s thriving Air Force innovation hubs. “We want Montgomery to be recognized as a destination where military families want to locate, where public/private partnerships fuel innovation and where small businesses and start-ups find fertile ground. Trent Edwards is the perfect leader to capitalize on these opportunities,” said Buckalew.

The general comes to the Chamber with a distinguished career in the Air Force, most recently as the Air Force Director, Budget Operations and Personnel, responsible for an $80B budget. Prior to that assignment, he was the Comptroller and Programmer for Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. He has commanded two Air Force Wings including the largest Training Wing in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base and the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base from 2012-2014. He has extensive congressional experience, serving as the Air Force Chief of Congressional Affairs. His vast leadership experience and familiarity with the River Region community makes him uniquely qualified for his new role at the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.

“I have spent 30 years serving my country and am proud to return to Montgomery and serve the community we adopted as home,” said Edwards. “One of my primary goals will be changing the perception of Montgomery and spreading the word that Montgomery really is the best hometown in the Air Force.”

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With a mission to create jobs and a better quality of life in Montgomery and the River Region, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is a full spectrum economic development corporation representing 1,700 organizations and business and more than 80,000 employees throughout Montgomery and the River Region. The Montgomery Chamber is an innovative, consolidated organization that addresses destination tourism, economic development, business development, workforce development, and community strategies under one umbrella, linking the public and private sector around a shared vision and providing tremendous value to its investors.

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