Director, Alabama Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs
Community development and economic development are a strong focus of Kenneth W. Boswell’s career in public service. In May 2017, Governor Kay Ivey appointed Boswell as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and asked him to put the skills and knowledge he cultivated at the local level to work in her administration’s mission to move Alabama forward. As ADECA Director, Boswell serves in the Governor’s Cabinet, oversees a staff of about 160 and manages an annual budget of more than $165 million. ADECA awards hundreds of grants each year to city and county governments and nonprofit organizations throughout Alabama. The agency also is taking the lead on several special initiatives including the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund and the 2020 Census. Boswell was serving his fourth full term as mayor of Enterprise when he was selected to lead ADECA. Prior to becoming mayor in 2003, he served as a member of the Enterprise City Council, having been elected to that post in 2000.