Alabama Agencies that assist businessesPublished 3:59pm Friday, April 1, 2011
“The Alabama Team” is a group of four state agencies that work with the local economic developers to assist companies interested in locating in Alabama or expanding in Alabama. “It’s a one-stop shop where you can get the environmental permitting, training and tax abatements,” said Don McClellan, executive director of the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance. The Alabama Team includes: Alabama Development Office (ADO), the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR), Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and AIDT (workforce training in the state). In addition, Alabama Power Economic Development, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) and the Alabama Technology Network are also instrumental in providing assistance to new and expanding businesses.
Alabama Development Office
Most commonly known as “the” state agency for economic development, the Alabama Development Office (ADO) has one mission – simply to create jobs in Alabama. ADO professionals work through a combination of efforts identifying prospects to grow and broaden Alabama’s industry base. The agency markets Alabama to the world identifying companies who could have an expansion project in the Southeast over the next three to five years. ADO also fields calls from site consultants who are hired by companies to find a location for their company.
Seth Hamett, Director
Alabama Department of Revenue
The Alabama Department of Revenue administers several tax incentives available for existing industries, expanding industries, and new industries locating in Alabama. The statutory basis for Alabama tax incentives gives industry a stable framework for long term investment. Administration of tax incentives for the Alabama Department of Revenue is centralized in the Office of Economic Development, which is within the Revenue Commissioner’s Office. This provides “one-stop shopping” for the taxpayer and equitable treatment to all industries.
Kelly Graham and Angela Till, senior tax analysts
AIDT (workforce training)
AIDT was established to provide quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and existing businesses, and to expand opportunities through the jobs these businesses create. As an institution of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, services like pre-employment selection and training, leadership development, on-the-job training, maintenance assessments and industrial safety assessments are provided at no cost if employers meet criteria for starting wages and number of jobs created.
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
ADEM oversees the issuance of environmental permits in Alabama. During a pre-application conference scheduled through the ADEM Permit Coordination and Development Center (PCDC), the ADEM technical staff, company representatives and usually an environmental engineering consultant discuss specific requirements for the application. Any necessary modeling of wastes discharged to receiving streams or modeling of air emissions is discussed in detail. Specific processing steps and time periods are provided so that the applicant can include these tasks in the overall planning of the project development. The PCDC serves as a focal point for permit applications by coordinating communications and administrative functions such as collection of fees and public notices.
Russell Kelly, Chief
Alabama Power Economic Development
For more than 90 years, Alabama Power Company has invested in the responsible growth and economic development of Alabama. Its efforts today are grounded in the same principle: “What’s good for Alabama is good for Alabama Power.” Alabama Power’s new economic and community development website, at www.amazingalabama.com, offers comprehensive information on available buildings and sites in Alabama, complete labor force and demographic information for every community in Alabama – including the ability to compare and contrast Alabama communities with any community in the United States, a thorough overview of the state’s primary business taxes and statutory incentive programs and late-breaking news impacting economic development in Alabama.
Ken Novak, VP Economic & Community Development
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Established in 1991, EDPA is a private, non-profit organization supported by leading businesses in Alabama dedicated to the state’s long-term economic growth. The Partnership’s staff works closely with state, regional, corporate and local organizations to contribute to Alabama’s economic development efforts. EDPA’s primary focus is on helping the state attract and retain industry, ensuring quality jobs for Alabamians. EDPA fills a critical role in the industrial recruitment process by marketing and promoting Alabama as a business location, and by providing research, information and proposals to companies and consultants that are actively searching for a site.
Bill Taylor, president
Alabama Technology Network
The Alabama Technology Network is dedicated to helping manufacturers in Alabama improve their global competitiveness through technical assistance, workforce training and technology transfer. It serves as a primary source for addressing the needs of Alabama industry using a cooperative network of business, education and government. The Alabama Technology Network includes regional centers – like Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City and 11 other community colleges in the state – linked to the University of Alabama and Auburn University. The network offers expertise in telecommunications, computer and network training, strategic management, environmental health, safety and industrial marketing.
Dr. W. Michael Bailey, president
Jeff Graham, Local Center Director