Candice Hill didn’t plan on a career in economic development.
“But who really knows what they want to do at the age of 18?” she asked, reflecting about how helping her parents with their start-up business prompted her to change her career direction from medicine to marketing.
As assistant director of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council (EDC), she uses her marketing background to promote this area to business prospects and partners.
“When I married my husband, James Hill, his love for St. Clair County was contagious, and when the EDC decided to add someone to their staff after their Partnership for Tomorrow campaign, I jumped at the chance for an interview. St. Clair County is a wonderful place, and I am truly blessed to be able to work here every day.”
The Argo resident further explained the role of the EDC, what economic development means, and identified the things for which she is most thankful.
What is the EDC? “It does everything it can do to help St. Clair County to remain a prosperous and progressive community, recognized as one of the very best places to live, work and raise a family. Our goal is for St. Clair County to be a leader in economic development and residential growth in central Alabama, and we are already making strides in these areas. In addition, we want to attract residents here to secure a good education and training, start a career, and raise a family because of the quality of life offered in our county.”
To what does economic development actually refer? “Economic development is sometimes perceived as a vague phrase because it affects so many aspects of our communities. Our philosophy is that when you add new, high-paying jobs to a community by recruiting industry, you bring new wealth. This new wealth creates the need for housing and then retail. As a result of new money being spent, residents and governments have more money available to improve community offerings, which improve the quality of life for all of the area’s residents.”
Is St. Clair County still among the fastest-growing counties in Alabama? “Yes, the last information I saw had us as one of the fastest-growing counties by percentage. I am very excited about seeing the actual census information come out in the next year.”
Things for which she is thankful: “I am most thankful to have a supportive husband who shares my concerns and convictions. We are very thankful that we are expecting a baby girl in March.”
How she describes herself: “I enjoy people and love my family and church. I like to mark things off of my to-do list, but not without stopping to enjoy the moment.”
Her favorite indulgence: “Fudge. I try to refrain until the holidays, but there is something wonderful about milk chocolate fudge, coffee, and good company that warms your soul.”
A daily favorite: “I do eat chocolate every day. I still do not understand why it is not on the food pyramid.”
Something most people don’t know about her: “I am originally from Calhoun County, but I spent about ten years in South Mississippi.”