Existing Industry


The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) offers its full-range of services to existing manufacturing, distribution, and R&D industries located throughout Tuscaloosa County to support the growth and development of our corporate citizen base. Existing industries are the foundation for which our community is based. They employ thousands of our citizens; contribute to the area’s quality of life; and promote our community through their success.

TCIDA services include:

  • 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

Community Resources for existing industries include:

Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute (AIDT) provides quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses. Training services are offered in many areas, at no cost, to new and expanding businesses throughout the State. AIDT’s Total Workforce Delivery System has provided thousands of skilled, motivated employees to Alabama industries since 1971. In 2009, AIDT received “unconditional approval” and no nonconformities to the ISO standards were identified from the SRI Quality System Registrar team.


Shelton State Community College offers training and services to new and existing industries with a focus on workforce development. Programs include:
  • Customized Training-Training for Existing Business and Industry Center (TEBI) works closely with local business leaders to provide professional instruction that upgrades the skills needed in today’s workplace.
  • Workforce Development Center-Provides employer-driven workforce services designed to prepare Alabama’s citizens to be productive members of a World Class Workforce.
  • WorkKeys-Used by employers nationwide to identify the skills employees need to be successful on the job and to determine where additional training can help develop a higher caliber workforce.

Alabama JobLink
– State’s online job posting site is available at no cost to existing industries. With an employer account, businesses can search database of thousands of resumes; post job openings; save searches; manage company profile; and receive email updates on new, matching job seeker resumes.


University of Alabama offers numerous partnerships and services to support business growth and development. The College of Engineering and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration have assisted businesses with new and existing challenges for decades. In addition, the University has established a variety of programs that address crucial needs of today’s manufacturing industries. They include:
  • Alabama International Trade Center
  • Alabama Productivity Center
  • Alabama Technology Network
  • Center for Green Manufacturing
  • Machine, Process, and Product Design Center
  • Manufacturing Information Technology Center
  • Operations Research and Statistical Analysis Center