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Campaign Leadership Board of Directors

Strategic Planning Taskforce

Stan Batemon

Bob Barnett

Joe Lee

Tommy Bowers

Stan Batemon

James McGowan

Tommy Bowers

Lyman Lovejoy

Bill Bowron

Jenny Seals

St. Clair County Commission Alabama Power Co.

Ken Crowe

St. Clair County Commission

Jeff Brown St. Clair County Commission Ed Gardner, Sr.

Previous Exec. Dir., St. Clair EDC

Drew Goolsby Metro Bank

Barnett Jones Wilson St. Clair Co. Commission Alabama Power Co. Red Diamond

Terry Capps

Airport Authority

Linda Crowe

Public Building Authority

Bill Ellison Developer

Joe Kelly

Michael Barber

Lyman Lovejoy

Jason Goodgame

TCI Sales

Lovejoy Realty

Paul Manning

St. Clair County Commission

Jimmy Roberts

St. Clair County Commission

Dana Webb

Retired, Alabama Power Co.

Don Smith

Exec. Director St. Clair EDC

Pell City School System Goodgame Company

Joe Funderburg Mayor of Pell City

Ed Gardner, Sr.

Former EDC Director

Drew Goolsby Metro Bank

Terry Green Windstream

Joe Kelly TCI Sales

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City of Moody City of Pell City Lovejoy Realty

St. Clair Co. Board of Education

Randy Mason CenturyLink

Judy Merritt

Jefferson State Community College

Don Perry Metro Bank

Nan Priest

St. Vincent’s Health System

Dana Webb

Retired, Alabama Power Co.

Spencer Weitman National Cement

Warren McCullars Alagasco

Zachary Gentile Ford Meter Box

William “Butch” Isley City of Springville


Impact of 1,000 Jobs Everyone wins when an existing business or industry expands or when new business is created in St. Clair County. Not just the newly employed workers and their families, but the entire public and private economic network benefits when new jobs are created. Benefits accrue in the form of increased payroll dollars, greater capital investment and a broader tax base. Ultimately, the entire quality of life in our community is enhanced every time a new job is created. A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that for every 100 new jobs created in a city/county, there are 64 additional jobs created to support and service the initial 100. In other words, 100 hundred new jobs necessitate 64 new jobs in food service, retail, automotive, real estate, banking, etc. A study by Jacksonville State University confirms that one thousand new jobs in St. Clair County will result in more than six hundred support and service positions.

• Adds $60 Million Annually to Personal Income

• Boosts Sales of Goods

and Services by $108 Million

• Creates 10 New Retail Establishments

In addition, 1,000 new jobs will boost annual retail sales in our community by as much as $32.5 million. The charts below show how those sales are distributed. There are many good reasons for supporting the expansion of new and existing business and industry for St. Clair County through its Five-Year Strategic Plan. The remarkable “ripple effect” those jobs have on an area’s economy is dramatic. The figures below clearly illustrate the importance of developing new jobs. St. Clair County wants to target those higher paying jobs that will complement, not compete, with existing business and industry. Existing businesses, that have supported the county through good times and bad, form the backbone of the economy. The positive economic impact is exactly the same whether the new jobs come from new business or existing; thus, the strategic plan will concentrate its efforts in both areas.

• Increases Housing Demand by $87 Million • Increases Bank Deposits by $86 Million after 5 years • Increases Tax Revenues per

• Adds 620 Support Jobs

year by $5.9 Million

• Increases Family Units by 1,000 Center for Economic Development and Business Research College of Commerce and Business Administration Jacksonville State University

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St. Clair EDC History The EDC has had the distinct advantage of having two highly effective Ed Gardners at the helm in its early years, both coming with the educational and work experience that empowered the EDC to greatness. During that time, Governor Riley characterized the St. Clair County EDC as “the best economic development organization in the nation.” Today, EDC Executive Director Don Smith has built on the Gardners’ strong foundation, taking EDC to the next level. Ed Gardner, Sr. previously served as Deputy Undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. He later served as Chief of the Planning and Economic Development and thereafter Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. In these positions, Gardner was responsible for a broad range of programs to stimulate economic and community development throughout the state of Alabama. Ed Gardner, Jr., the next executive director of the EDC, was employed in 2004 and quickly established himself as the economic development professional to lead St. Clair County. Ed, Jr. like Ed, Sr. brought with him some unique credentials that were advantageous for the EDC. Building on the success of his father, he brought all of the interested parties together to expand existing businesses and recruit desirable new businesses. Ed and his staff worked tirelessly with local businesses, Jefferson State Community College, the cities of St. Clair County, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the counties surrounding St. Clair County and the lead industrial recruiting organizations, such as the Metropolitan Development Board, Alabama Power Co. and the Alabama Development Office to chart a course to improve the St. Clair County community’s economic well-being. Continuing a track record of success stories, Smith’s experience and leadership have served the EDC well. He has been a professional economic developer since 2004. Smith first joined the EDC in 2007 and has been involved in announcing more than 2,500 new jobs and $466 million in new investment in St. Clair County. He has also been involved in obtaining millions of dollars in grants from various entities for the benefit of the community. Smith graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focusing on taxation and accounting and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. He has spoken on the topic of economic development throughout Alabama and is currently an active member of seven boards in the state, focusing on economic and workforce development.

Announcements 2007-2013 • • • • • •

2,510 New Jobs Created $73,159,000 New Payrolls $466,350,000 Commercial & Industrial Capital Investment $3.3 Million Grants Awarded Locally $1.2 Million New Annual Property Taxes for Education $364,000 New Annual Sales Tax Revenues for Education

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Goals 2014 - 2019 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.

Identify & market an additional 500 acres of sites suitable for specific users (rail, office, corporate headquarters, & manufacturing) in cooperation with St. Clair County and its municipalities. Obtain an “Advantage Site” designation for a site in St. Clair County. Announce $ 150 million in new capital investments. Announce $ 50 million in additional payroll from new jobs created. Announce $ 3 million in additional tax revenue for schools. Announce 1,500 new jobs throughout the county. Hold a biannual seminar to publicize new and existing incentives for business expansion. Survey 100 existing St. Clair County businesses to determine growth potential and business needs. Aid in forming partnerships between employers and educators in order to provide a trained workforce to meet local demands. Hold a biannual “Economic Development Summit” to educate elected officials on retail and industrial development. Publicize and recruit to St. Clair County’s healthcare assets. Publicize and increase St. Clair County’s post-secondary services. Hold a “Smart Growth Summit” for elected officials to become familiar with best practices in zoning and community planning. Establish a program to cross-market tourism events though out St. Clair County. Help municipalities with Downtown Historic Districts to establish a recruitment plan for services and retail. Develop a branding campaign for St. Clair County which includes its business-friendly assets, tourism, and recreation. Meet partners individually once a year to update them on EDC progress and upcoming economic development initiatives. Assist in recruiting a significant retail anchor to one or more interchanges in St. Clair County. Work with local Chambers of Commerce to develop programs for small businesses. Establish marketing packets for each community in St. Clair County to be used by developers in commercial recruitment. Improve the appearance of Partnership Park. Support Leadership St. Clair County’s efforts to identify and educate emerging community leaders. Support the creation of an active Leadership St. Clair County Alumni Association. Perform a feasibility study to identify the possibility of a small business incubator in St. Clair County. Increase local participation on boards and committees in regional efforts. Meet annually with local shopping center owners. Promote EDC services to partners and other entities.

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Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019 I. Site & Infrastructure Development: • Identify Sites Suitable for Specific Users (rail, office, corporate) • Advocate and Coordinate a Countywide Water and Sewer Infrastructure Map • Advocate and Coordinate a Technology Roadmap for St. Clair County • Establish Program for Creation of New Industrial Buildings • Coordinate and Establish More Commerce Parks in Cooperation with Municipalities • Advocate and Coordinate Partnerships for Site Development and Infrastructure Improvements II. Marketing & Communications • Develop a Branding Campaign for St. Clair County to Highlight Strategic Assets • Promote EDC Services and Resources to Partners and Others to Enhance St. Clair County’s Competitive Advantage • Publicize and Recruit to St. Clair County’s Healthcare Assets • Create Partnerships with Local Organizations for a Cohesive Marketing Approach for Tourism & Recreational Opportunities Throughout the County • Create Partnerships with Local Organizations for Cross-marketing St. Clair County Events & Shopping Districts • Assist Municipalities on Solutions for Marketing Downtown Districts • Establish an Internal Marketing Campaign to Better Educate the Citizens of St. Clair County About Current and Future Progress and Challenges for Economic Development III. Planning & Collaboration • Advocate Comprehensive Planning Throughout St. Clair County and its Municipalities • Collaborate with the County and its Municipalities to Prioritize Long-term Goals for Economic Development Initiatives • Develop Initiatives for Smart Growth • Facilitate Partnerships on Local and Regional Levels • Identify and Engage Resources throughout the Region to Help with Strategic Issues • Advocate Beautification Plans for Municipalities

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Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019 IV. Recruitment & Retention • Recruit New Diversified Business Investment Into St. Clair County • Educate Business Leaders Regarding Business Recruitment and Retention • Publicize Existing and New Incentives for Business Expansion • Recruitment of Jobs Increasing the Median Income in St. Clair County • Track and Publish Key Economic Indicators Impacting Local Business/Industry • Survey Existing Business and Industry to Determine Annual Labor Needs • Establish a Countywide System to Train Local Workers for Local Careers • Advocate and Coordinate Small Business Initiatives • Encourage Growth of St. Clair County Healthcare Providers • Identify Agricultural Economic Development Opportunities V. Leadership • Educate Community Leaders and Garner Support for Economic Development Initiatives • Educate Elected Officials on the Economic Development Process • Engage New or Unreached Community Leaders • Help Municipalities to Obtain Resources and Establish Partnerships for Community Planning • Encourage Leadership St. Clair County Alumni Involvement in Community Efforts • Identify Opportunities for Local Participation in Regional Efforts VI. Education & Workforce Development • Develop Partnerships with Industry, Post-Secondary & K-12 Educators for Workforce Training • Educate the Community About Specific Workforce Needs • Match Recruitment Efforts with Local Skills and Train for Local Industry Needs • Communicate the Importance of Good Education for Sustainable Economic Development • Advocate Improved Workforce Skills and Workforce Development Programs

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St. Clair EDC Campaign Information 2014-2019  

St. Clair Economic Development Campaign 2014-2019