Workforce Development

Business and industry must take stronger role in Alabama’s workforce development strategies and actions

At no time in history has workforce development been more important. During the Economic Developers Association of Alabama’s 2014 Winter Conference in Hoover, leaders from the across the state discussed the challenges, solutions and future landscape of workforce for Alabama. Economic development and workforce development are inextricably linked. A skilled workforce is cited as a read more…

High School Career Expo Benefits Economic Development and Alabama’s Future Workforce

Laughter, chatter and excitement filled the air at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, where 4,500 students turned out for the Alabama Department of Education’s Joint Leadership Development Conference. The conference was a two-day event on Sept. 23-24 that offered 30 leadership workshops and interactive activities to participating students. It also included a career fair, where students read more…

Aligning Business and Education for Workforce Success

As strategic consultant and director of the Macon County Economic Development Authority, Joe Turnham sees firsthand the need for an educated and highly-skilled workforce. He fields queries from business and industry looking to expand, and he knows that Alabama communities compete not only with their in-state counterparts to land potential jobs, but also out-of-state communities. read more…

Preparing Alabama’s future workforce: RTP

by Ed Castile, AIDT     Nov. 1, 2011 – In the past year we have opened up the first two phases of the Alabama Robotic Technology Park (RTP) to rave reviews and the third phase is on the horizon. What an enormous impact this project will have on the lives of Alabama citizens for years read more…

Plan today for tomorrow’s prosperity

By Bill Taylor, EDPA Sept. 26, 2011 – Apple’s Steve Jobs has been known to throw out an oft-quoted quip from Wayne Gretzky, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” It makes sense for a company founded on, and known for innovation to follow this advice. Visionaries read more…