The Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority has a new executive director

Judge Smyth is the new executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority (TCEDA).

He will take up the post on August 15.

A Tuscaloosa resident, Smyth most recently served in the dual roles of Acting Director of the Alabama Mobility and Power Center (AMP) and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Alabama Transportation Institute (ATI). Previously, he was Director of Business Development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

Smyth graduated from the University of Alabama, with degrees in communication and information science. He is currently working to complete his doctorate in education at Alabama. Smyth is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.

He is married to Morgan Smyth, originally from Tuscaloosa. The couple have two daughters.

Smyth said the Tuscaloosa area is going through a “critical time” but is well positioned to enable economic success.

“With a world-class research university, internationally recognized existing industries, a talented and trainable workforce, dedicated civic leaders and highly effective, business-friendly elected officials at all levels government, all the ingredients for success are in place,” he said.