States. The Office of Small Business Creation and Development should encourage entrepreneurship in areas that are ripe for economic growth. Domestic and International Recruitment Alabama continues to produce a core group of well-trained workers in a business environment of low operating costs that utilizes sales, use, and property tax abatements. Alabama also has historically had some of the lowest property taxes in America coupled with a low rate of corporate income taxes and no inventory taxes. Maintaining these benefits is important chiefly when businesses are choosing to set-up shop or relocate their operations. Alabama has the right tools to be industrially competitive across America and around the world. In order to entice new companies to open operations in Alabama, the stateâ€™s Chief Executive must be an individual who has both extensive experience in the private sector and a comprehensive understanding of state government. I will work with local communities to take advantage of all potential opportunities being presented to our State. Fostering cooperation between local business leaders, concerned citizens, and elected officials at every level of government will be a cornerstone of my administration. One positive example of this approach occurred in 1993, after Mercedes-Benz announced the construction of its first North American assembly plant. Since then, it has been both directly and indirectly responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 jobs in the West-Central region of Alabama. The elected delegation and local business leaders worked diligently with state leaders and negotiators from Mercedes in recruiting their newest venture. Mercedes has continued to remain successful by using a combination of American, Japanese, and German automotive best practices right in our own backyard. Mercedes-Benz International U.S (MBIUS) has become the stateâ€™s largest exporter, with more than $1 billion exported each year. In December 2009, Mercedes-Benz announced expanded operations in Tuscaloosa with the new C-Class Automobile. The C-Class will be the first car to be produced at their plant. The Tuscaloosa plant currently manufactures the M-Class, R-Class, and GL-Class and delivers vehicles to more than 135 markets around the world. The recruitment of MBIUS has been one of the most beneficial events for Alabama in the last 25 years. As a member of the Tuscaloosa community, I witnessed first-hand what the cooperation of local business leaders, concerned citizens and elected
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