Who We Are
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is a private, non-profit organization funded by more than 60 Alabama companies that works to attract, retain and grow jobs in Alabama, while encouraging innovation through its Alabama Launchpad program, which helps early-stage companies start, stay and grow in the state.
EDPA is a private, non-profit organization supported by more than 60 Corporate Partners. EDPA is governed by a board of directors comprised of the state’s top business leaders committed to the economic growth of Alabama.
EDPA was formed in 1991 by business leaders who saw a need and shared a vision to make Alabama more competitive, so the state could compete on a global stage for major economic development projects. The Partnership has been a key player in recruiting companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Boeing, Honda, Thyssenkrupp, ArcelorMittal/Outokumpu, Hyundai and Airbus to Alabama. EDPA has joined with state and local officials on hundreds of projects, both large and small, that have added thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to Alabama’s economic base. EDPA has led efforts to market Alabama as an automotive and aerospace leader, while also working to attract investment in every industry.
How We Work
EDPA is the private sector’s means for contributing to Alabama’s economic development success. Our unique structure allows us to work closely with state, regional, corporate and local organizations. Through our Community Partner Program, we provide specialized assistance to Alabama communities wanting to improve their competitive edge. We support aspiring entrepreneurs through Alabama Launchpad, which is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.
Addressing Key Issues
Throughout our history, EDPA has been a catalyst behind collaborative efforts to address key issues important to Alabama’s competitiveness. EDPA has led or participated in partnerships for workforce development, technology transfer, existing industry support and technology driven economic development.