State of the Economy Kicks Off with Economic Development Agreement

State of the Economy Kicks Off with Economic Development Agreement The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

The 2017 Chamber in Session: State of the Economy, a sold-out event held November 1 at Hotel Capstone, kicked off with elected officials and community leaders signing an economic development partnership that will help direct economic and workforce development efforts in the future.

Signed by Mayor Donna Aaron of Northport, Mayor Walt Maddox of Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Hardy McCollum, University of Alabama President Stuart Bell and others, the agreement recognizes a formal partnership to promote business growth, job creation and cultivation of a strong economy.

Following the signing of the agreement, presentations were made by Kathy Deck, Director of Community and Economic Research Partnerships, The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce; Tom Spencer, Senior Research Associate, Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama; and the Honorable Jo Bonner, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, The University of Alabama System.

At the close of the event, Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber, recognized Dara Longgrear, Executive Director, Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority for his years of service to the community. Longgrear is retiring after 31 years with the TCIDA.

Following the event, attendees were invited to view the partnership agreement and also sign the document.

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