Development Blog

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…

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…

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…