Innovate Alabama 2021 Report
When Governor Kay Ivey established the Alabama Innovation Commission in July 2020, the goal was simple:
Elevate Alabama by creating a more resilient, inclusive and robust economy through innovation.
The Alabama Innovation Commission’s work culminated in the development of this report, outlining policy recommendations that Innovate Alabama can deploy in the coming years to support entrepreneurship and technology growth.
As Innovate Alabama moves into this next chapter, one thing remains clear: Alabama has what it takes to be a leader in innovation.
Take a look at where we’ve been and what’s to come, and help us celebrate our achievements as we work together to grow Alabama’s innovation ecosystem.
Join us as we innovate Alabama.
Through partnerships and collaboration, research and exploration, and discussions and debate, the Alabama Innovation Commission developed policy recommendations to promote innovation in the state. The commission concentrated its research and efforts in the following areas:
|Entrepreneurship and Access to Capital
Identifying and supporting opportunities to fuel entrepreneurial development at every stage of business growth
|Talent Attraction and Retention
Recruiting and retaining a workforce with the skills, knowledge and credentials necessary to create innovation ecosystems throughout the state
Fostering an environment that increases commercialization activities and R&D efforts, and supports the state’s economy as a whole
|Bridging Digital and Economic Divides
Leveraging initiatives and resources that support growth throughout Alabama
Developing a skilled workforce ready to meet the demands of the future
A focus on these areas of opportunity will help foster entrepreneurship, create jobs, build a talented and diverse workforce, and support economic development opportunities. As we move from imagination to implementation, we each have a role to play to support our policy recommendations and bring our goals to fruition.
In 2020, the Alabama Innovation Commission launched a partnership with the Hoover Institution to examine the innovation ecosystem in Alabama and provide actionable policy recommendations to guide Alabama’s leaders as they work to realize the state’s full economic potential.
Learn more about how Alabama can reach this potential and create a more prosperous future for all Alabamians.
The History of Innovate Alabama
The Alabama Innovation Commission delivered its final report to Gov. Kay Ivey on Nov. 1, 2021, passing the baton over to Innovate Alabama. The Innovate Alabama Board of Directors was appointed in December 2021 to implement the initiatives and recommendations set forth in the commission’s report, including forward-thinking policies that will create a more resilient, inclusive and robust economy to remain competitive in a 21st-century world. Innovate Alabama is led by CEO Cynthia M. Crutchfield and a board of 11 innovation leaders appointed by Gov. Ivey. It is Alabama’s first statewide public-private partnership focused on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation with a mission to help innovators grow roots.
Thank you to the Alabama Innovation Commission for your service.
Alabama State Finance Director
Alabama Senate President Pro Tempore
Executive Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
(finance & infrastructure subcommittee leader)
Executive Director, TechMGM
(education & corporate subcommittee leader)
Executive Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Strategy & Innovation, Protective Life
President, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Lindsay Rane Carter
Associate General Counsel, Great Southern Wood Preserving
CEO, Harper Technologies
CEO, GeneCapture, Inc.
Deputy Director of Economic Development, City of Auburn
President, Bronze Valley