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Alabama’s growing industries and natural resources position the state for growth. EDPA is committed to fueling that growth through helping Alabama’s communities and employers attract and retain the talent they need.

Alabama needs to retain its best and brightest. But how?

Alabama produces thousands of talented college graduates each year. It’s time we kept more of them for their careers as well as their education. Over 34,000 students graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Alabama in 2020. But the state keeps just about 2 of every 3 in-state students and only 1 of every 5 out-of-state students one year after graduation. In partnership with the state’s largest employers, economic developers, and higher education institutions, EDPA hopes to shift the trend on student retention.

Inaugural Statewide Talent Conference

Join us for our first annual FuelAL conference – a gathering of talent-focused professionals with the latest data and strategies for attracting and retaining the next generation of leaders in Alabama. Network, learn, and contribute with our state's employers, university officials, and economic developers on one of today's most crucial issues.

A few of our 2022 featured speakers:

Kick off the event on April 20th with a reception and Birmingham Barons game, followed by a full day of panels, interviews and breakout sessions packed with insightful information. Seats for this special event are limited, so register today!

*Registration is $150 per attendee.

*Room blocks are available at both Aloft and Valley Hotel in Homewood.


Thank you to our generous sponsors who made this event possible!

Where EDPA Will Play a Role


EDPA’s partnerships allow for a broad and deep research approach learning about students and graduates in a qualitative and quantitative manner. Moving forward, our research efforts will expand to include other demographics, employers and communities. By looking at all three stakeholders, we can identify the state’s talent supply and demand – and address shortfalls in specific, targeted ways.


EDPA is one of few organizations with relationships with the three major talent-related groups: employers, universities, and economic developers. As a statewide organization, we can convene them to learn from each other’s success, failures, and best practices, as well as from national or international examples of talent attraction and retention.


The data has shown that cities should be the focus, not the state; students are eager to learn more about job opportunities; and different communities offer different value propositions.

EDPA will work with individual communities to establish and communicate a brand that emphasizes their unique assets directly to the talent they need.

Targeted Student Programming

EDPA will continue to learn directly from and communicate with students. Our FuelAL summer fellowship program offers exposure for sophomores and juniors interning at Alabama's best companies to the rich history, culture, and opportunities across the state.

FuelAL Fellowship

FuelAL is a summer Fellowship program that supplements students' summer internships with experiences that will fuel both students' futures and the State's. We are committed to offering Fellows an amazing experience – on top of the compelling work that companies are offering their interns in Alabama.

Fellows will visit Huntsville, Montgomery, and Mobile in Summits throughout the summer. Along the way, they'll gain access to leaders, training, and relationships with other up-and-coming talent. Let's Fuel Alabama together.