Project Co-Leader & Healing Zone Coordinator
Brian Rushing has held the position of Director of Economic Development Initiatives at The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development since 2015. Brian came to UACED with an educational and professional background in environmental and conservation planning, business management, real estate acquisition, outdoor recreation planning, and ecological restoration. He focuses much of his work at UACED on facilitating outdoor recreation planning and development initiatives with local governments, state and federal agencies, and private partners, providing project leadership and technical assistance to advance these efforts.
Through his work, Brian is helping Alabama communities take better advantage of the growing recreation and nature-based tourism markets while improving the quality of life for our citizens.
A native of Alabama, Brian holds a B.S. from the University of the South in Natural Resources, an M.S. from Louisiana State University in Environmental Planning and Management, and an M.B.A. from The University of Alabama.