As the leader for economic and workforce development in Sumter County and West Alabama, known as Alabama’s “Black Belt” region, the Division of Economic and Workforce Development at the University of West Alabama’s mission is to support and enhance the economic vitality and long-term prosperity of the region. 

The Division serves as an engaged and creative catalyst for new investment and an essential resource and support system for existing businesses and industries that want to grow in an environment that values its rich heritage, authentic character and unique quality of life. 

The role of our talented professionals is to serve your firm and help you discover opportunities for meaningful dividends from your investment while increasing your competitiveness. It’s our sincere belief that if you are successful, the community gains enhanced economic vitality that benefits all. 

We are a “one stop” shop to meet your needs and support your goals and objectives. Through site selection and preparation, assistance with various public and private agencies at all levels, workforce development and training support and all other essential steps for making a good decision, we are here to serve and provide an effective system of support. 

Whether industrial, commercial and distribution development; retention and expansion of existing businesses; or small business and entrepreneurial development, our professional staff is ready and equipped to go to work for you today. 

Among the services offered are: 

  • Professional support in all areas of business site selection for our new or expanding manufacturing operations as well as commercial enterprise 
  • Access to a variety of workforce training programs at the local and state levels, including the UWA Center for Workforce Development 
  • Tailor-made training and recruitment programs for your firm 
  • Contacts and introductions with local, state and federal authorities and decision-makers who can provide you with professional support and guidance 
  • Research and grant support 

Mission & Purpose 

The mission of the Division of Economic & Workforce Development at the University of West Alabama is to promote the economic prosperity of the Black Belt region of Alabama through well-managed, coordinated, integrated and professional support services for employers and citizens at all levels. 

The purpose of the UWA workforce development system is to facilitate the establishment and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated and seamless workforce development process for the region that supports and enhances economic development and workforce training through effective collaboration with employers and communities within West Alabama. 

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Contact us: 

Located at
Kelly Land Hall
154 Student Union Drive 
Livingston, AL 35470 
(205) 652-3828