Gadsden Industrial Development Authority
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Etowah County's diverse industrial base has a concentration of metalworking companies and support services, augmented by cutting-edge technology training facilities. Our public schools were the first in the state to offer a Tech Prep diploma curriculum. Our large community college offers a variety of engineering technology degree programs, including Machine Tool Technology and Industrial Automation Technology.  And we have apprenticeship programs for Machinists, Mold Makers, and Tool & Die Makers.

Local training is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, and chapters of NTMA and ASQ provide certification programs. In addition, our manufacturing technology center assists companies with plant layout, work cell integration, industrial engineering, operator development, CAD implementation, CAM, CIM, CNC, MRP, LEAN manufacturing, automated control systems including PLCs, supply chain management, and such quality systems as ISO, QS, TS and Six Sigma.  

This is also the center for transportation services, health care, social services, retail and wholesale trade, financial and legal services, communications, recreational opportunities and cultural attractions in northeast Alabama. Located on Interstate Highway 59, we are 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Birmingham, 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Chattanooga and 120 miles (193 km) west of Atlanta.

With populations of 37,000 in the city, 75,000 in the urban area, 104,000 in the county and 384,000 in a 30-mile/48-kilometer radius, Gadsden is a Keep America Beautiful national award-winner, a recipient of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' City Livability Award, and was designated an All-America City by the National Civic League.


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Recent News

Air taxi service to be offered at Gadsden airport

November 16th, 2015

ImagineAir, an on-demand air taxi service, announced Monday its partnership with Northeast Alabama Regional Airport to offer regional flights to cities across the Southeast directly from Gadsden.

Commission’s goal: Educate public on megasites

July 14th, 2015

(NOTE: To view more information about Etowah County's megasite development, go to  There are links to a 35-page report about the development and marketing of this property as a megasite, as well as a one-page summary of site development options.)

County approves megasite development for Little Canoe Creek

July 8th, 2015

It’s official. The Little Canoe Creek property eventually will be designated as a megasite development for Etowah County.

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One Commerce Square • Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: 256.543.9423 • Fax: 256.547.2351
Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority One Commerce Square, Gadsden AL 35901 Phone.256.543.9423 Fax.256.547.2351