The Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) Young Professional Group was created in 2013 with a goal to provide professionals in the field, 40 years of age and younger, with professional development training, educational programs, and networking opportunities throughout the year.
EDAA began to address the need to develop new practitioners in 2010 with creation of the Alabama Economic Development Intern Program. The program consists of a summer internship available to college juniors and seniors enrolled at Alabama colleges. Host organizations have included the Alabama Department of Commerce, Alabama Power Company, AIDT, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, North Alabama Industrial Development Association, and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. Each year of the program, a participant has continued on to work in various fields in economic development including state, regional, and local economic development organizations, as well as business development.
In 2013, the Summer Conference Planning Committee, largely consisting of young professionals, organized an inaugural session for young professionals prior to the conference. The event was used as a catalyst for the committee and was very successful. To learn more about the EDAA Young Professionals, join the LinkedIn group
and continue to visit the calendar for upcoming professional development and networking opportunities.
EDAA Young Professional Committee
Chair: Kimberly Carter, Chambers County Development Authority
Steering Committee Members:
Penny Townson, Morgan County EDA
Vince Perez, Alabama Department of Commerce
Matt Hinshaw, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Shelby Zaricor, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce