Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation celebrates investors, community, and progress

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20 Dec 2023

This has been a monumental year for us here at the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation (ODEDC). We’ve celebrated many milestones, finished (and started) many improvement projects, and updated our strategic plan which gives us a clear path forward to excellence.

As we prepare to have another successful, prosperous year, we reflect on the importance of our investors, supporters, and community members who make all of this possible. 

ODEDC Investors Elevate our Community

Each year, we celebrate the incredible work and dedication of our investors. As a publicly and privately funded 501c6 organization, we work to create and preserve jobs and prosperity throughout Dale County. Our group of investors is made up of both individuals and businesses who see the value in contributing to the growth of our community through monetary and in-kind contributions.

Celebrating Our Accomplishments Together

The last year has been full of successes and we want to highlight some of the standout moments that have contributed to the growth and prosperity of our community:

We welcomed new ODEDC investors, including the City of Daleville, Ecore International,  Motobilt, and River Bank.

Many new and exciting ventures and projects have been announced, including The Panther Path Solar Project, a $96 million investment, which could provide over $200,000 in revenue to Dale County Schools. We secured funding from the Growing Alabama Tax Credit program to improve the Ozark Corporate Park, and ODEDC acquired the last remaining parcel for future industry recruitment in the Ozark Industrial Park. 

Dale County was re-certified for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) Qualified Community designation through the Transatlantic Business and Investment Council, which means the claims for workforce, infrastructure, and leadership we make have been researched and verified. Dale County is the first in Alabama to receive the FDI-Qualified Community designation and we’re one of only 12 in the entire nation.

ODEDC led Ozark’s mayor and city council members through the Alabama League of Municipalities Economic Development Academy  which enhanced our efforts in working with them on projects and initiatives. We also launched our new and improved website to showcase Dale County and all of the opportunities for economic growth. And we led the strategic planning process for the City of Ozark, hoping to reach our goal to make Ozark an Alabama Community of Excellence.

Celebrating Our Investors with Food, Drinks, and Music 

Over 80 community members and investors gathered at the Ozark Warehouse for a celebratory dinner in October. Hosted by ODEDC, this group came together to celebrate our long list of accomplishments as a result of funding, services, and citizenship throughout the year. What’s more, we celebrated the collective community we’ve built together.

A delicious menu of appetizers, cocktails and a three-course meal was catered by The Warehouse Caterers. The Warehouse’s catering company offers in-house and off-site full-service catering for events. Attendees were treated to music by Ozark’s own Bruce Brown.

Become an Investor of ODEDC!

ODEDC investors are so important to the work we do to attract more business and talent to our region. Our team can answer any questions you may have about how to become an investor. We can’t wait to work together with you to improve the economic landscape of Dale County.