Ted vonCannon

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Theodore J. "Ted" vonCannon (born c. 1947 in Johnson City, Tennessee) is the executive director of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority. He formerly served as president of the Metropolitan Development Board from 1988 until it merged into the Birmingham Business Alliance in 2009.

VonCannon earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Tennessee in 1969. He was deputy director of the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development for 8 years before coming to Birmingham.

As president of the MDB, VonCannon was the lead recruiter for industrial and business development in the Birmingham metropolitan area. His leadership was credited with the successful recruitment of Mercedes-Benz US International to Tuscaloosa County and Honda Motors to Lincoln, as well as numerous smaller projects.

VonCannon was one of 83 candidates to succeed Carma Jude as director of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority in 2011. He was the only one interviewed by the board and assumed his duties on February 1, 2012. VonCannon also sits at the board of directors for TechBirmingham

In 1992 VonCannon suffered a heart attack and had emergency bypass surgery. He is married and has three sons.

Preceded by:
Carma Jude
Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority executive director
February 1, 2012-
Succeeded by:


  • Kelly, Mark (June 18, 1999) "MDB's `buffalo hunter' bags Mercedes, Honda." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Tomberlin, Michael (November 16, 2008) "On the Record: Ted vonCannon." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (January 19, 2012) "Ted vonCannon to lead Jefferson County's economic development agency." The Birmingham News
  • Crenshaw, Solomon Jr (September 24, 2020) "Ted vonCannon Sells Jeffco to The World. Here’s How." The Birmingham Times