“Small towns are often managed by part-time mayors, have a small revenue base, and do not have access to professional resources. Likewise, their local planning districts do not always have the needed technical support to offer assistance. The ACE program provides the professional expertise needed, teaches the community how to use available tools and resources, monitors and evaluates the results, and continues to provide input throughout the ACE process and beyond.”
Shane Kearney, Manager – Economic and Community Development
Alabama Power Company
Shane Kearney is the ACE representative for the Alabama Power Company, and will be the incoming ACE President beginning in 2016. For more than 100 years, Alabama Power Company has invested in the responsible growth and economic development of Alabama. APC’s efforts today are grounded in the same principle: “What’s good for Alabama is good for Alabama Power.” APC offers a unique range of community development, site selection and economic development services that include: greenfield and brownfield building site verification; labor force, demographic and wage rate information; details on technical training programs; insight into local tax structures and incentives; general logistical information; inbound and outbound transportation infrastructure; specifics on low-cost, flexible electricity rates. Alabama Power recruits jobs and industry to the state in partnership and collaboration with other economic development professionals throughout the state and local levels.
The Alabama Power Company’s economic and community development website offers comprehensive information on available buildings and sites in Alabama; complete labor force and demographic information for every community in Alabama—including the ability to compare and contrast Alabama communities with any community in the United States; a thorough overview of the state’s primary business taxes and statutory incentive programs; and late-breaking news impacting economic development in Alabama.
Alabama Power Company staff assists ACE communities with one of the most important documents needed by a community: a strategic plan. Developing a strategic plan gives the community an opportunity to prepare for and direct change by assessing its resources, defining its vision and mission, setting objectives, identifying critical success factors and barriers, and developing strategies and actions. The strategic plan is a living document and the importance of community buy-in cannot be over emphasized. For additional information on Alabama Power Company, visit the website http://www.amazingalabama.com.http://www.amazingalabama.com