Economic Development

Airbus in Alabama: The True Measure of Success

July 2012 – The Airbus decision to establish its A320 final assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex makes a strong statement on two fronts:  1. Alabama is still one of the most competitive states in the country for a global manufacturer to accomplish something bold and big, and 2. This state and its local communities know read more…

Hitting the target

May 4, 2012  – Alabama’s economy has been showing up in headlines nationally lately. Manufacturing is seeing growth. Unemployment is falling – last year, Alabama tied with Michigan for the steepest drop in unemployment rates. This is good news, but it makes it all the more important that economic  developers take a targeted approach in read more…

Reset and Renewal

By Greg Knighton, EDPA; EDAA Summer Conference Chair Aug. 22, 2011 – Just over a week ago, the Economic Development Association of Alabama held its 2011 Annual Meeting and Summer Conference in Orange Beach, Ala. The theme of the this year’s conference was Reset and Renewal in the Economy, which reflects a reality we are all read more…

Leverage

July 11, 2011 Angela Wier, EDPA Necessity has been called the mother of invention. And there is no doubt that the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 created an important and immediate need to address the economic health of southwest Alabama and create a plan for long-term sustainability.  But how do you assist a distressed area read more…