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    Rachel Madore, Director, Information Services, and Charlie Bass, Manager, Research, make up the Chamber’s Research Team and are the duo behind the scenes that finds and compiles the data needed to get our area’s economic development business done.
     
    Please briefly explain what the Research Team does.
    We manage the research, data collection, industrial building/ site development and GIS mapping efforts for the Chamber. We are in the Corporate Development division of the Chamber, and we respond to all RFIs (request for information) from companies considering Montgomery as a business location as well as to those from existing companies in Montgomery considering a local expansion. We maintain an inventory of local industrial buildings and sites, and work with landowners to ensure that each site is development-ready.
     
    How does the local business community benefit from what y’all do?
    We compile community statistics related to the growth of area industries and local economic performance indicators. We also assist local industrial landowners in their efforts to prepare their sites for development.
     
    How does the community at large benefit from what y’all do?
    We work the first stage of the industrial recruitment project. If we cannot provide the data and site information, our community will be eliminated from the competition for new jobs.
     
    What one thing would you like MBJ readers to know about the work of your team?
    That we are a resource for community information, including demographics and economic indicators.
     
    Any recent major accomplishments?
    One of our industrial sites was recently awarded the State of Alabama AdvantageSite designation. AdvanatgeSite is the State of Alabama’s industrial site readiness program. This is a rigorous process of site documentation.
     
    What is your favorite part of your job?
    It is a privilege to present Montgomery’s advantages and benefits as a business location. Economic development is a team effort, and we have a great team.
     
    BY THE NUMBERS
    • 64 active projects
    • 23 current expansion projects
    • 23 projects initiated
    • 18 project visits
    • 37 companies visited By Business Retention Team 
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