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EDAA History


Our History

The Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) was founded, in the early 1960s, by a group of Alabama industrial developers.  These visionary developers recognized the need for an organized effort to support economic growth in Alabama.  EDAA was the result of that vision.  One of the driving forces behind EDAA was an effort to improve the professional response to the phenomenal increase in Northern businesses relocating or expanding their manufacturing operations to the southeast. The original association membership was comprised of local economic development leaders, utility companies, railroad companies and other influential community leaders.


Since its inception, EDAA has been pivotal in the definition and passing of key economic development legislation. The association has also been a leader in the creation of educational opportunities, including co-sponsoring Auburn University’s Intensive Economic Development Training Course and being instrumental in the establishment of the university’s economic development graduate program.  One of the most innovative programs offered by EDAA is the Community Leadership Training Program (CLT). EDAA’s Summer Conference and Winter Conference offer an exceptional professional development opportunity and networking events.

EDAA is Alabama’s leading advocate for economic development and serves its membership through representation on several statewide initiatives, including the Alabama Economic Development Alliance, the Alabama Workforce Development Board, and other statewide organizations.   

About EDAA



EDAA will purposefully advocate issues which can positively impact the economic development community and profession in Alabama through legislation and professional development.



EDAA is the premier organization for economic development professionals in Alabama. 



The Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) is a network of Alabama economic development professionals. Currently, EDAA has 500 members, including directors and staff members from local economic development associations, as well as other individuals involved in economic growth in Alabama. Our members enjoy the benefits of networking opportunities, professionals development and legislative representation. 


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7/23/2017 » 7/26/2017
2017 Summer Conference


2 North Jackson Street, Suite 302
Montgomery, AL 36104


phone (334) 676.2085
fax (334) 676.2087

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