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Economic Development

Tuscaloosa is open for business, come see for yourself.

-Mayor Walt Maddox


Why Tuscaloosa?

Tuscaloosa’s expanding commercial, industrial and residential bases make this community a great place to live, work and do business. From The University of Alabama to Mercedes Benz and the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa provides a unique environment to open or expand your business.

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Businesses are as varied and diverse as consumers. You can build a business from the ground up, lease an existing space or take over a current business. Every project is unique and may require varying levels of approval.

Whatever your path, we are here to help. 

The City of Tuscaloosa’s economic development staff serve as liaisons between entrepreneurs, business owners, developers and other city departments. We are available to meet individually or as a group to ensure your project advances in a timely manner.

We are committed to advancing economic opportunities in the City of Tuscaloosa. Our staff coordinates with community partners to retain, attract and promote expansion of new and existing businesses. We can assist with everything from site selection, data, permits and general questions about Tuscaloosa.

Let us be your liaison and development partner through this process.


Liz Moore Benda

Economic Development Coordinator

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2089
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403