Speaker Bio

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Alma R. Plummer
Economic Development Representative/U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration

Alma Plummer serves as the Economic Development Representative for Maryland, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration (EDA). Specifically, she develops and manages economic development investments on behalf of EDA. She plays a key role in the solicitation, analysis, monitoring, and quality assurance of investments in line with EDA’s funding priorities and strategy.  Plummer cultivates relationships with key businesses, educational institutions, civic community organizations, and local government partners, assessing regional economic trends, strengths, and weaknesses in order to identify the highest-impact policy-priority projects in development-ready distressed communities.

Plummer formerly served nine years as Vice President of Project Management and Planning at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).  She was instrumental in the economic development activities for the City of Philadelphia.  During this tenure, she implemented critical EDA investments on behalf of PIDC, which resulted in EDA Excellence in Innovation in Economic Development awards. 

In previous work experience, Plummer practiced architecture throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania tristate region.  She extends her economic development activities in various professional global organizations. Plummer holds a BArch/Urban Planning degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology.