State of the Economy Kicks Off With Economic Development Agreement

Community leaders sign document to move area forward

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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.

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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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Chamber in Session: State of the Economy was presented by:

Raymond James

Gold Sponsors

City of Northport
Alumni Development & Construction

Silver Sponsors

Trustmark National Bank

Table Sponsors

BankFirst Financial Services
Bank of Tuscaloosa a Division of Synovus
Bryant Bank
Capstone Bank
Community Service Programs of West Alabama
Doug Hollyhand Realty
Express Employment Professionals
First South Farm Credit
FNB of Central Alabama
JamisonMoneyFarmer PC
Shelton State Community College