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Alabama is an ideal hub for foreign-based and internationally focused businesses. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama is a gateway to the rapidly growing markets in Mexico, Central and South America.

Five Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) and numerous sub zones currently operate in Alabama. Official U.S. Customs Ports-of-Entry are located at Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville International Airports. Six Alabama banks provide complete international banking services for companies located in Alabama and throughout the Southeast.

Alabama has an excellent business climate, with a diverse industry base, a low tax burden, and a robust logistics infrastructure, including a major seaport on the Gulf of Mexico. It is recognized as having one of the country’s top training programs (AIDT), which helps contribute to its world-class talent and skilled workforce. With our state’s exceptional business environment, low cost of living, and thriving communities, no wonder Alabama has become such an attractive home for businesses and individuals. From business, to the business of living, Alabama is a win.

​Alabama supports the innovative spirit in emerging technologies by making investments in those who’ve competitively demonstrated the promise of creating ideas and products with the potential to change the world. In events throughout the state each year, we seek to bolster the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by bringing universities, entrepreneurs, investors and companies together to make this new generation of economic development a priority.

Alabama Launchpad, a public-private partnership, is at the core of the state’s strategic economic development plan to create jobs and revenue through innovation, entrepreneurship, research and development, and commercialization.

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"Airbus is proud to call Mobile, Alabama our industrial home in the U.S. We’re building great things together with the State of Alabama." - Jeffrey Knittel - Chairman/CEO, Airbus Americas

Thriving Business Climate

Alabama is a state that appreciates the contribution of business and industry. Both public and private sectors are committed to helping them succeed. State and local officials work to create a supportive environment that fosters business success through workforce development. That commitment is exemplified by the many world-class companies that have chosen to Win with Alabama.

Our numbers speak forus:

  • Over 2 million dedicated, reliable and skilled workers.

  • Host to more than 425 foreign-based companies from over 30 nations.

  • 160 metropolitan areas in a 600 mile radius.

One of the Healthiest Cost Structures and Business Climates in America

  • #1 Best Business Climate - Business Facilities (2018).

  • #1 State for Manufacturing - Global Trade (2018).

  • “Top State for Doing Business” - Area Development (2018).

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

The EDPA is a private non-profit organization funded by more than 60 Alabama companies, whose mission is to attract and retain world-class talent across a broad spectrum of interests and industries, support and inspire both industry and innovative/emerging companies whether home-grown or transplanted, expand existing businesses, and be the trusted source for data and insights for key economic drivers and stakeholders for Alabama economic development.

To find out more about doing business in Alabama please visit the EDPA

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