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2018 News Articles

ArkLabs receives EDPA recognition
EDPA’s ‘imerge’ event honors Alabama’s top innovators
EDPA unveils Innovation Awards winners at imerge
After Shipt’s success, Birmingham innovators look for next big thing
Metro area businesses among EDPA Innovation Awards finalists
EDPA announces finalists for 2018 Innovation Awards
EDPA sets imerge 2018 for July 12 with Henrique Dubugras
Alabama industrial site receives readiness designation
735-acre Hope Hull land gets AdvantageSite designation
Little Canoe Creek certified as Advantage Megasite
Etowah County industrial park named AdvantageSite
Little Canoe Creek certified Alabama AdvantageSite
Alabama Launchpad wants to turn your start-up into a real company. Apply by April 23rd
How Alabama is becoming the auto capital of the South
Mazda-Toyota $1.6B auto plant to create new supplier pull toward north Alabama
Auburn University on track to hire 500 by 2022
Birmingham companies to compete in Launchpad finals
6 companies to participate in Alabama Launchpad finale March 15
Arab startup competing for cash prizes
Alabama Launchpad winners take $150,000 in prizes
Two Birmingham startups win Alabama Launchpad
Local startups compete in Alabama Launchpad competition for $100,000 prize
Launchpad distributes $100,000 among 2 companies
EDPA looking for nominations for 2018 imerge Innovation Awards
Alabama industrial site ready for development
Fort Payne I-59 Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite Designation
DeKalb County industrial park site named advantage site for AL
Fort Payne Industrial Park becomes EDPA AdvantageSite
What’s the outlook for Alabama’s manufacturing industry? 
Is Alabama now the auto capital of the South?
Toyota-Mazda plant caps Alabama auto sector’s successful year

2017 News Articles
EDPA Innovation Awards will be part of imerge celebration at the Alabama Theatre
EDPA Beams a Big, “Subtle” Message
Thomas L. Friedman coming to EDPA Innovation Conference
OUR VIEW: Accelerating to success in Cullman
Innovative companies honored for contributions to Alabama’s economy
Powering on: Zero RPM to receive prestigious state innovation award
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama announces 2017 Innovation Award winners
Updated Alabama Launchpad competition spotlights entrepreneurs
Auburn to host Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition
Startups can apply for updated Alabama Launchpad through Sept. 14
EDPA ‘imerge’ conference slated for Aug. 23
Thomas Friedman headlines EDPA’s ‘imerge’ event Aug. 23 at Alabama Theatre
EDPA’s Steve Spencer is excited about Alabama’s future
EDPA projects new image with Birmingham HQ, digital wall
EDPA’s video billboard tells Alabama’s success stories
Alabama Launchpad expanding to Auburn area
Alabama Regional Launchpad coming to Auburn in October
All-new Honda Odyssey rolls off Alabama assembly line
Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline wins 2017 “Truck of the Year” award
RECORD YEAR: Alabama auto production accelerates to all-time high in 2016

2016 News Articles

Park given designation
Valley receives designation
Alabama Launchpad entrepreneurship program expands reach
Governor awards $707,488 to support Alabama Launchpad program
Alabama Launchpad hands out Innovation Awards to companies, individuals
Venture for America CEO on the three ingredients that brought the program to Birmingham
EDPA names 2016 Alabama Innovation Awards winners at state conference
Alabama Innovation Award winners announced
SouthPoint Business Park Awarded AdvantageSite Designation in Alabama
How can we foster greater innovation in Alabama?
Alabama Innovation Awards honor success stories across state
New wave of European suppliers hits South
Alabama Commerce chief: 2015 will be hard to beat, but 2016 looking good
Winners of 2016 Alabama Innovation Awards announced
EDPA names Steve Spencer president as Bill Taylor retires
Veteran Alabama Power exec named new leader for economic development team
Alabama Power veteran named president of EDPA
EDPA President Bill Taylor to retire; Alabama Power’s Steve Spencer to take the lead
Yancey Parker Industrial Park earns key designations
EDPA leads initiative to bring information technology jobs to Alabama
More than a million: Alabama automakers hit key milestone in record year
Alabama auto industry smashes record, produces over 1 million vehicles in 2015

2015 News Articles

Honda accounted for $6.8 billion, more than 43,000 jobs in 2014: impact study
Honda Alabama economic impact: $6.8 billion in 2014
Honda’s Alabama auto plant contributes $6.8 billion to state economy
Study: Honda had a $6.8 billion economic impact on Alabama in 2014
$4M building, site work may lure jobs to Montgomery Industrial Park
EDPA unveils ways to grow Alabama’s draw to tech industry
Auto supplier Kamtek to invest $530 million in Alabama expansion, creating 350 jobs
Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park nabs Baldwin County’s 8th AdvantageSite designation
Segers Aerospace Site nabs Baldwin County’s seventh AdvantageSite designation
5 top executives elected to Economic Development Partnership of Alabama board
EDPA elects five business and industry leaders to board of directors
Eufaula receives AdvantageSite designation
Alabama automakers built nearly 1 million cars in 2014, setting a new state record
Germans came to build cars, but they got a lesson on Alabama

2014 News Articles

Room for growth
Pell City’s Cogswell Industrial Expansion receives AdvantageSite designation
Want to raise capital? Here’s some advice from EDPA execs
Alabama Innovation Awards
Randolph County Industrial Park receives Advantagesite designation
HudsonAlpha co-founder, resident companies win 2014 Alabama Launchpad innovation awards
Building entrepreneurship
Andalusia industrial park designated Alabama AdvantageSite
Industrial site ‘shovel ready’
Arts, innovation, and Governor Robert J. Bentley: Registration for Alabama’s Innovation Conference is open
EDPA unveils new website, database to aid in Alabama economic development
Alabama ‘very attractive’ as Southeast gains attention from international businesses and manufacturers
EDPA’s Sewell: Alabama aerospace sector ready for takeoff
Industrial board starts economic development plan
Alabama Power’s Crosswhite elected chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Alabama Power CEO Crosswhite to chair EDPA
O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ plans to add new jobs in Birmingham cited as good growth from within
Growing numbers of U.S. companies looking to bring manufacturing operations back home
Reshoring expert to speak in Birmingham about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
Harbert, Henderson join EDPA board of directors
Henderson joins EDPA board
EDPA adds Harbert to its board of directors
County and city leaders of Cleburne County gain insights on business recruitment

2013 News Articles

New EDPA database will innovate site searches with layers of information
Alabama Launchpad competition nets 13 potential startups, two based in Mobile, February 4
Four Birmingham start-ups among Launchpad contestants seeking $100,000, February 4
Huntsville tech teams chosen for Alabama startup competition, February 1
EDPA Foundation elects entrepreneurial-focused board of directors, January 23

2012 News Articles

Bice, others added to Alabama Economic Development Alliance board – Birmingham News, May 16
State targets industry to good effect – Press Register, April 29
Report offers valuble information – Press Register, April 27
Public, private sectors unite, lure auto plants with a recruiting juggernaut – Automotive News, April 23
University of Alabama in Huntsville team develops patent search engine – Huntsville Times, April 23
University of Alabama research team wins $30,000 grant – Tuscaloosa News, April 18
UAB biotech startup wins $22,000 in Alabama Launchpad competition – Birmingham News, April 18
UA team works to take agriculture research from lab to farms – Tuscaloosa News, April 15
Alabama’s sweet manufacturing boom – CNN Money, April 11
Baldwin County EDA plans for future success – Press Register, April 8
Renewed Momentum: The recession put a damper on sales of automobiles, but Alabama’s OEMs are now experiencing some growth, creating new jobs at all levels of the industry. – Business Alabama, April 2012
Alabama auto industry: Colbert County plant to make LoadStar work truck – Birmingham News, March 27
Foreign Industrial Investment Is Reshaping America – Forbes, March 6
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama boss says recruitment game is changing – Birmingham News, Feb. 22
Our Trilogy Ends with One Smart Dog – Barberbiz Blog, January 29

2011 News Articles

Alabama in fast lane: Auto output surges – Birmingham News, Dec. 12
Economic opportunites in county still high – Atmore Advance, Nov. 7
Three UA teams in the mix for $100,000 prize – Tuscaloosa News, Oct. 27
Alabama looks for tech to ignite future economy – Birmingham News, Aug. 13
Reeling in the jobs: Pressure’s on state’s new alliance – Anniston Star, July 22
EDPA’s Taylor shares his leadership insights – Birmingham Business Journal, May 27
Grant puts regional planning in the spotlight – Press Register, May 4
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama remakes website to reflect community focus – Birmingham News, April 19
Alabama Economic Development Partnership gets oil spill-related study grant – Press Register, April 19
Governor Bentley Outlines Plan to Streamline Economic Development
and Workforce Training Efforts – Press Release, Office of the Governor, April 12

Alabama Launchpad in final countdown to aid 2011 entrepreneurs – Press Register, April 11
Area aerospace quest to continue – Tuscaloosa News, March 8
Alabama Launchpad names finalists – Birmingham Business Journal, March 9
Alabama automotive suppliers rev up–cautiously – Birmingham News, Feb. 21
Advice: How to win projects in competitive dogfight – Birmingham News, Feb. 17
Reporter’s notebook: Birmingham Business Alliance still searching for its next leader – Birmingham News, Feb. 14
Alabama’s leading job-hunting agencies plan realignment – Birmingham News, Feb. 10
Alabama economic developers create internship program – Birmingham News, Feb. 10
EDITORIAL: Putting people back to work has its challenges – Press Register, Feb. 10
State leaders seek new ways to create jobs – Montgomery Advertiser, Feb. 10
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama aims for 40 certified sites – Birmingham News, Feb. 8
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama official says companies have cash for projects – Birmingham News, Feb. 8

Select 2010 News Articles

With Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park, comes opportunity – Birmingham News, Jan. 28
Alabama development panel adds university presidents – Birmingham News, Jan. 27
Bill Taylor talks hybrids, ThyssenKrupp and container terminal – Press Register, Jan. 10
EDPA’s Taylor: Helping existing firms ensures Alabama’s economic future – Press Register, Jan. 4
In the trenches: Automobile Manufacturing Q&A with Bill Taylor, Birmingham Business Journal, Jan. 1 2010

Select 2009 News Articles

Site readiness program helps give communities an ‘advantage’- Huntsville Times, Dec. 7
Economic development persists in state – Montgomery Advertiser, Nov. 8
Economic life beyond automotive: Former Mercedes exec – Business Alabama, November
Bill Taylor taps his Mercedes experience to help attract business to state – Birmingham News, Oct. 10
Jefferson County’s McCalla industrial park gets AdvantageSite designation – Birmingham News, Aug. 25, 2009
Economic development group’s leader hopes to get closer to state recruiters – Press Register, June 23 Expect a more formidable Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, next leader says – Birmingham News, June 22
Alabama’s auto plants use flexibility to deal with industry downturn – Birmingham News, June 10