HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Two prominent Huntsville businessmen have joined the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama‘s foundation board. HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology co-chairman Jim Hudson Jr. and AEgis Technologies chairman Bill Waite were among those elected to the foundation dedicated to promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization in Alabama. Swift Biotech CEO Michael Chambers and Evonik Industries’ Art Tipton were also newly added to the board chaired by Choice Cotton Inc. chairman James Sanford.
“We are pleased to have the new board members, and we look forward to their insight and contribution,” Angela Wier, vice president of the EDPA, said in a statement. “Their collective experience and entrepreneurial spirit will strengthen our ability to execute our mission to support entrepreneurs and to increase high-growth, innovative ventures that have the potential to thrive in Alabama. This is in alignment with Accelerate Alabama, the state’s larger plan for economic development announced two years ago that focuses on recruitment, retention and renewal.”
The EDPA Foundation was founded in 1994 to support workforce, industry and community development initiatives. It also partners with six Alabama research universities to host the EDPA’s Alabama Launchpad startup competition.