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2016 Annual Conference Speakers
Rich Fletcher, I-77 Alliance

Coastal Alabama Partnership
1 S. Royal Street, 2nd floor, P.O. Box 881
Mobile, AL 36601
Bus: (251) 436-8822

As President & CEO of Coastal Alabama Partnership, Wiley Blankenship brings vast experience in economic development, strategic planning and community project management to the newly formed alliance formed to address issues and opportunities for the Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Previously, Blankenship served as Director of the Center for International Business and Economic Development at Troy University. The Center provided economic development assistance through research and specialized technical support to both public and private economic development entities in Alabama. In addition, Blankenship oversaw the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which administered programs for the SBA for business startups. With his skills in research and data collection, he provided adroit analysis and evaluation of a wide range of community and economic development projects.


Dayton Moore, Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager of the Kansas City Royals

Executive Director
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
7020 Taylor Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Bus: (479) 452-4554



Mayor Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri 

Troy Post, CEcD
North Brevard Economic Development Zone
Executive Director
400 South Street
Titusville, FL 32780
Bus: (321) 264-6750

Since 2013, Troy Post, CEcD, has served as the executive director of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone, a tax increment financing district covering approximately 180 sq. miles in northern Brevard County, Florida – home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Zone, which includes the communities of Titusville, Port St. Johns, and Mims, in addition to areas located north of the city of Cocoa, was created to facilitate job growth and economic development in an area largely dependent upon the aerospace industry. Over the last two years (2014- 2015), the Zone has leveraged its assistance programs to induce economic development projects expected to create more than 1,765 jobs and result in a local capital investment of more than $314 million.

For his work in economic development, Troy has been recognized with a Certificate of National Merit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and an economic development "best practices" award from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He has been presented as well with several historic preservation awards. Since 1998, Troy has been a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a designation bestowed upon him by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Troy received his undergraduate degree (political science/economics) from Birmingham¬-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). In 1996, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. In addition to his membership in IEDC, he is a board member of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), a member of the National Association for Business Economists (NABE), and an associate member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Zachary Markovits, What Works Cities

Northwest Georgia Manager, Community & Economic Development
Georgia Power Company
800 Broad Street, BIN 76010
Rome, Georgia, 30161

Elyse spent twenty-five years as a local economic and community development practitioner prior to joining the Georgia Power Company, in 2014 as the Northwest Georgia Manager of Community & Economic Development. Her current service territory includes the 16 most Northwest Georgia counties where she works with communities in the areas of strategic planning, product development, redevelopment and workforce development. In her capacity she also works with companies of all types looking to locate or expand in the region. Elyse is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, Leadership Georgia, Leadership North Carolina