TCIDA – “One-Stop Shopping” for professional Business Assistance in Tuscaloosa County:
The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) was established by an act of the Alabama legislature in 1973 for the purpose of promoting industry and trade, and to assist the Tuscaloosa County Commission and other governing bodies in Tuscaloosa County in this effort. TCIDA was incorporated in 1975.
Today, TCIDA is the lead agency for industrial recruitment and expansion in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Through the support of local government, TCIDA provides “one-stop shopping” for professional business assistance in Tuscaloosa County:
- Professional support in all areas of business site selection for new or expanding manufacturing operations
- Building and facility assistance for new or expanding manufacturing operations
- Access to a variety of programs through the ‘Tuscaloosa Workforce Support System’ for training new employees or updating skills of existing employees
- Tailor-made visit programs for your company
- Contact and introduction with local authorities and decision makers, accountants, attorneys, and others who can provide you with the professional advice you require
- Authorize statutory tax abatements for qualifying projects.
- Assist in issuing Industrial Revenue Bonds for qualifying projects
- Assist in applying and qualifying for the State’s Site Preparation Grant Program.
- All TCIDA services are free of charge
The twenty-two (22) member board of directors, which governs TCIDA, comes from business, government and education, with each bringing expertise to the very competitive industrial recruitment process. Ex-officio members include the County Probate Judge, the mayor of Tuscaloosa, and the presidents of the University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College and Stillman College.
TCIDA has become the focal point by which Tuscaloosa County sells itself to potential investors. Since the creation of TCIDA, an effective partnership has evolved between business, community, and government leaders, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College.