Jeff Thompson

Research Scientist VI,


301 Sparkman Drive
Shelby Center
Room 139
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Jeff Thompson is an experienced business development professional working with small and medium sized enterprises in urban and rural areas of Alabama. His work includes specialized industry research to assist communities, government organizations, and private companies with growth initiatives. Projects include economic impact analyses, industry profiles, innovation market research, and strategic planning for all types of organizations.

Jeff is experienced in economic development, corporate finance, management consulting, applied research, and managing business organizations. He has served in the roles of chief operations officer, executive director of an industry association, director of small business development, manager of small business and research programs, corporate financial planning, and research scientist. He regularly interacts with local businesses and business groups in north Alabama.

Jeff holds an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama.


  • M.A., Finance and Management Systems, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1986
  • B.S., Accounting, The University of Alabama, 1980
  • Certificate of Management Accounting (1985-1991)

Recent Publications

  • "An Approach to Collecting Local Freight Information," Thompson, J.S., K.E. Yarbrough, M.D. Anderson, G. A. Harris, and K. Harrison, January 2010. Sep. 2010, Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

  • "Development of a Method to Forecast Freight Demand Arising from the Final Demand Sector," Dr. Michael Anderson, et. al., June 2009 Alabama Department of Transportation, Research Advisory Council

  • "Development of a Freight Database for Use in Allocating Freight Traffic to Sub-State Traffic Zones," Dr. Gregory Harris, et. al., July 2009 Transportation Research Board, TRB Annual Conference