Community Partner

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama provides specialized assistance to help communities spur local economic development through its Community Partner Program. Through its Community Partner Program, EDPA provides customized support to help communities address specific needs, coordinating resources from our various Partner and ally organizations as needed.

Communities must be ready to take advantage of economic development opportunities. To that end, EDPA staff connects Alabama communities to resources that can help them create and implement solid action plans, shore up leadership and economic development, align workforce development initiatives, identify infrastructure needs and act as a liaison to other state and federal services.

Currently, EDPA is performing work in 8 of Alabama’s 67 counties. Community Partners typically are the recognized economic development organization for an area. Started in 2010 with 11 communities, EDPA continues the program through partnerships with local and regional economic development organizations.

EDPA’s Community Partner program offers contract services that are above and beyond the normal scope of services provided by EDPA to communities and companies at no cost.

Scope of work

Services are customized to a community’s needs and may include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Consultation and support for economic development activities
  • Economic development marketing support and services
  • Economic development research support and services
  • Existing industry support
  • Other services and support to enhance the competitiveness in economic development

Structure and Cost

As a private, non-profit organization, EDPA’s services are subsidized by our Partners, who represent Alabama’s private sector commitment to economic development. As a result, these services are offered at a substantial savings over “traditional” economic development consultants.

For more information, on the Community Partner program, please contact Jennifer Braxton at jbraxton@edpa.org or 943.4708