June 7, 2011
Wendy Wallace Johnson, EDPA
Alabamians are known for their hospitality. Call it southern comfort, call it being a good neighbor, Alabamians don’t need to be told when to step in and help.
As a private, non-profit entity, EDPA also depends on “help,” in the form of financial contributions from our Corporate Partners. Their participation represents the private sector investment in Alabama’s economic development efforts.
Each worthwhile program of EDPA’s—from the research we provide for companies looking to locate in the state; to the statewide buildings and sites database; to the services we offer communities, existing businesses; start-ups and industry associations—is dependent upon the support we receive from the 70+ corporate “citizens” who are our Partners. This makes Alabama unique, and we don’t take that for granted.
The term “citizen” is an important one. A buzzword gaining traction lately is “active citizen,” which implies a person (in this case a corporation), with an active stake in their community. Active citizens look for solutions to problems and take action.
Alabama is blessed with active corporate citizens. Look at any major charitable event across the state, and you’ll see the logos of home-grown and international companies operating in Alabama.
And recently, you can see something else…employees of these companies working alongside others to aid recovery from the tornadoes that swept through the state a little more than a month ago.
Here is just some of the news coverage that these companies are getting. Please take a moment to read and appreciate. And don’t forget to say, “Thank you” when you see them…the next community they help may be your own.