Katelyn joined the Economic and Community Development Team as an intern in May 2016. In December of the same year, she graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in quantitative economics and a minor in mathematics. In March 2019, she moved into the role of community development analyst.
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Katelyn has moved over 20 times before planting roots in Alabama. Now here, Katelyn has become an advocate for the state and has put the powerful use of data to work for her and the team in recruiting new businesses and helping prepare communities for growth.
Knowing we all receive information and data differently, Katelyn enjoys creating visualizations with analytics to ensure she’s accommodating all individuals. She utilizes over 27 tools to create innovative workforce development programs and develop community assessments. She collaborates with community allies to help develop a customized analysis that offers insights on a community’s assets and opportunities to help them grow in a changing ecosystem. By assessing factors such as demographics, workforce pipeline, peer communities, educational assets and industry targets, she helps communities achieve a better understanding of their financial, physical and human capital.
She also works to build a stronger workforce pipeline for Alabama by identifying new creative workforce development training opportunities and analyzing industry gaps in supply and demand. Improving education and workforce outcomes for the state’s education goals is extremely important in helping communities thrive.
Outside the office, she loves to travel, cook, kayak, paint and refurbish old furniture into new beautiful pieces. She’s also an avid sports fan with her favorite sports teams being Alabama, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Penguins.
“Companies make decisions based on data. To ensure that our communities are prepared and positioned for the most success, we help to identify unique assets and potential areas of improvement for them. It is thrilling to see the potential in our communities as we continue to diversify our portfolios and thrive to become our own vision of success.”