Development Blog

Opelika’s Nature Made facility, the site of a recent grand opening, has an AdvantageSite designation

Nature Made® opens Opelika, Ala., vitamin manufacturing facility located in an AdvantageSite facility, on June 7. Attending the opening were: Eddie Smith; Joey Motley; U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers; Otsuka VP Masayuki Umeno; Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller; Ala. House of Rep. Speaker Mike Hubbard; Pharmavite COO Mark Walsh; Ala. Gov. Robert Bentley; Pharmavite CEO Doug MacLean; Otsuka CEO and Pres. Tatsuo Higuchi; Ala. Sec. of Commerce Greg Canfield; Larry Grey; Patricia Jones; David Canon; and Ala. State Sen. Gerald Dial.

Another Successful Community Partner Roundtable

According to the dictionary, the definition of partner is one that is united or associated with another or others in an action or sphere of common interest. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is privileged to have many partners that have a shared goal of facilitating economic development for the state. Among our valued partners read more…

Alabama Launchpad Works to Make the State Start-Up Friendly

Say “startup” and most think Silicon Valley, Boston or Boulder, not anywhere in Alabama. But the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation is working to create a start-up-friendly environment to provide resources to help startups stay in the state and become companies that ultimately will help create high-wage, high-growth jobs for Alabama. On May 3, read more…

‘Tis the Season to Give

Dec. 19, 2012 –The Christmas season is in full swing among us. In the midst of decorating, shopping and entertaining, it’s also a great time to remember those who are not as fortunate as us. That’s why the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama staff makes the choice annually to participate in the Salvation Army Angel 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…

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…

Relationships that work

May 11, 2012 – Last Friday, we held our Community Partners (CP) Roundtable. A bi-annual event, this provides a chance to examine current economic development issues and is a forum for the exchange of ideas between our 21 Community Partners.  The first presenter, David Thornell, President and CEO of C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development 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…

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…