Alabama's leading job-hunting agencies plan realignment
Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00 AM Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 10:23 AM
By Michael Tomberlin -- The Birmingham News
MONTGOMERY -- The heads of Alabama's leading job-hunting agencies said Wednesday a new plan to realign the state's economic development efforts could be in place by spring, including the creation of a statewide business incubation program advanced by Gov. Robert Bentley.
Seth Hammett, director of the Alabama Development Office, and Bill Taylor, chief executive of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, told state industry hunters about the realignment at the Economic Development Association of Alabama's winter conference.
Taylor said progress is being made quickly on creating an economic development plan that aligns the state's public and private resources to operate more efficiently under new economic restraints.
Many expect the plan will lead to the creation of a new "department of commerce" that includes a public-private partnership between ADO, a state agency, and EDPA, a private organization. Taylor conceded that is a possibility, but he said the plan also will reshape all economic development resources in the state in a bid to avoid waste and duplication.
"We're going to come out of this with more clarity of roles," Taylor said. "That's something that is needed."