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Ernie Cowart

Vice President and Director, Business Information


Joined EDPA: 2000

The University of Southern Mississippi, M.S. Economic Development
The University of Alabama, B.A. History

Additional Training:
New South Economic Development Course
IEDC Business Retention and Expansion
Alabama Operations Management Institute
IEDC Economic Development Finance
IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse
University of Minnesota BR&E
IEDC Economic Impact Analysis
IEDC Workforce Development

Areas of Expertise/Responsibilities: 
Liaison to state and regional economic development allies for project coordination
Taxes & Incentives
Existing Industry
Proposal Preparation
Community Partners

Major Projects: 
ThyssenKrupp, Airbus, Hyundai, Berg Pipe

Professional Affiliations: 
Economic Development Association of Alabama
International Economic Development Council

Professional Certifications: 
Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) - International Economic Development Council
BRE Consultant - Business Retention and Expansion International
Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED) – Community Development Council

Auburn University Intensive Economic Development Training Course faculty
Black Belt Action Commission – Marketing and Tourism Committee Chair (2004-07)
Previous Experience:
Maryland Communications Center, Associate Research Manager
University of Southern Mississippi, Coordinator - Continuing Education

Hometown: Lanett, Ala.