About the IDA
Mission & Operations
The Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority was created in late 1984 by City of Gadsden elected officials and Chamber of Commerce business executives, and began operation in January, 1985. The IDA is an independent, private, non-profit corporation organized under Section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is directed by a self-perpetuating, volunteer board of directors composed of business and civic leaders, and is managed by a full-time staff of three.
Vision & Values
The IDA is a customer service organization. The Gadsden MSA is the product we represent to industrial customers. We strive to provide the best customer service at all times, with the resources available to us. We do so by: • working to save our customers time • working to save our customers money • helping to fulfill their project needs • helping to solve their problems within our purview • placing top priority on their satisfaction
Board of Directors
The IDA’s board of directors and its finance committee meet monthly. The board is comprised of volunteer business and civic leaders who serve three-year terms and are eligible for re-election by the board to a second term. Officer terms are for two years.
The IDA is a private, non-profit corporation. Therefore, none of our meetings have to be held in public, and no information you give us must be made available to the public.
A summary of the results of the IDA's work from our inception through June, 2015 is HERE.
The IDA and the Chamber share the Center for Commerce Building, located on the north side of Walnut Street between 1st and 2nd Streets. Our building is across 1st Street from Gadsden’s city hall, and across Walnut Street from the YMCA.
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