Steve Ryder


Steve graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1971 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and started his career working for the Army on Redstone Arsenal.  He and his wife Shirley moved to Madison in 1973.  They raised their three daughters (Amanda, Becky and Kathy) in Madison where they attended the Madison City Schools.

In 1981, Steve went to work for M&S Computing, better known as Intergraph.  After working for an Intergraph division that would eventually become part of Siemens PLM Software for over 36 years, he will retire July 21st of this year.  His avocation is girls’ fastpitch softball where he has been an assistant softball coach at Discovery Middle School for 7 years and the head of the Madison Mayhem Softball travel team organization.

Steve has been involved with the City one way or another since 1986 serving on the WestCo Softball Board as Founder and first President working with the City to build the Girls’ Softball Complex in Palmer Park.  He served as a member of the Recreation Advisory Board for many years, eventually as Chair. He became a member of the City of Madison Planning Commission in 2008 achieving Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official (CAPZO) designation, and currently serving his second term as a Planning Commissioner.  As a member of the Planning Commission, he has served on the core Steering Committee for the City of Madison 10 Year Growth Plan, the Steering Committee for the Recreation 10 Year Growth Plan, the Steering Committee for the West Side Master Plan, and currently serving on the Steering Committee for the Madison Transportation Plan. 


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