#17 Alabama

7.44 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

6.06 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

6.56 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?

Highly Engaged Workers

A recent Gallup survey found that Alabama has the most engaged workers of any state in the country. This excitement is being fueled by workforce investments, strong economic growth and an influx of high-paying jobs. In January 2017, Alabama initiated its Accelerate Alabama 2.0 program to focus on trends in advanced manufacturing and other sectors. It identifies recruitment and retention initiatives, and the state has restructured seven regional workforce councils made up of companies and educational institutions in those regions.

From the Governor

“I want to elevate Alabama’s success in business recruitment, and working closely with our economic development team will be a top priority of my administration.” —Gov. Kay Ivey

Key Industries

Automotive, Aerospace, Biotech, Chemicals, Food & Beverage, Logistics, Medical

Key Companies

Energen Corp.
Regions Financial
Vulcan Materials

Key Contacts

Dept. of Commerce

Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce
401 Adams Avenue
P.O. Box 304106
Montgomery, AL 36130-4106

Key Incentives

Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act: Offers abatement of non-educational portion of sales and use taxes on construction materials and property taxes for up to 20 years.

Jobs Act Incentives: Offers a cash refund of up to 3% of the previous year’s gross payroll for up to 10 years.

Investment Credit: Offers up to 1.5% of the qualified capital investment expenses for up to10 years.

Port Credit: Awarded to a company engaged in manufacturing, warehousing or distribution that uses the state’s ports and is based on increased cargo volume.


Alabama: edaa.org

Economic Development Partnership of Alabama: edpa.org

Alabama Department of Commerce: madeinalabama.com

Birmingham Business Alliance: birminghambusinessalliance.com

Highlighted Program or Initiative

Apprenticeship Alabama offers tax credits to companies that hire qualified apprentices who receive classroom or industry-specific instruction and on-the-job training.

Big Deals

  • An Alabama Department of Commerce New & Expanding Industry Report noted there were 68 auto projects in Alabama in 2016, with nearly $1 billion in new capital investments.
  • Medical device company Baxter completed a $270 million expansion project in August 2017 to double the size of its facility in Opelika.
  • Autocar announced in September 2017 a $120 million investment and creation of 750 jobs in a Birmingham truck manufacturing plant.
  • Georgia-Pacific announced in September 2017 a $100 million lumber production facility in Talladega, with 100 full-time employees.

Big Companies

One Fortune 500 company headquartered in state:
Regions Financial

C-Suite Testimonials

“New Flyer of America is proud to expand our leadership role in evolving public transportation with buses engineered and built right here in Alabama.” —Wayne Joseph, President, New Flyer of America

“These are exciting times for our Alabama facility as we prepare to take on this new challenge to build the next generation of SUVs…. Mercedes-Benz became the first auto manufacturing plant to build vehicles in Alabama more than 20 years ago, and since that time, other automakers and suppliers have joined us.” —Jason Hoff, President and CEO of Alabama operations, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

“With this new million-square-foot plant in Birmingham and our new local employees, we’ll better meet the needs of our existing customers and be able to engineer new specialized products for different applications and markets.” —Jim Johnston, President

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