Alabama is a right-to-work state with a highly-trained workforce, and site consultants rank Alabama as a top state for doing business.
In the 5th annual “Top States for Doing Business Survey,” compiled by Area Development, Alabama ranked 1st in labor costs, 1st in utility rates, 1st in permitting, 4th in workforce development programs, 4th in certified/shovel-ready sites, 4th in cost of doing business, 4th in regulatory environment, 5th in incentives and 5th in cooperative government.
The CGEDA and its Economic Development partners work to bring the right industries to the area – the right people, the right place, the right jobs. The CGEDA region boasts a well-educated and motivated workforce, impressive economic incentives, competitive utility costs, and available buildings, sites, and options for continued growth and expansion.
Located in South Alabama, the Coastal Gateway Regional EDA counties of Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe offer a location that is logistically favorable to a variety of industries. With direct access to major highways, several railroad lines, and with the Alabama River and Tombigbee River flowing through the center of the region heading to the Port of Alabama at Mobile, transportation of both raw materials and finished products is an advantage manufacturing companies have in the CGEDA area.
While Alabama welcomes all types of industry, the five-county region of the CGEDA already contains a skilled workforce for the following industries: