TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - When Tuscaloosa political, business, and education leaders cut the ribbon of The Edge on Wednesday, that also signified breaking down obstacles that could be stopping start-up companies from succeeding in west Alabama.
“Breaking down the barriers in terms of entrepreneurship. I certainly believe that barrier has to be brought down if we as a city are going to elevate into the future,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox told the crowd.
The Edge is a 26,000 square foot, $11+ million dollar business incubator facility built in the heart of Tuscaloosa’s tornado recovery zone.
“We are seeing the young dreams of entrepreneurs being able to come true and we are excited about that," University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell added.
It’s also a partnership between the city of Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama, and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama that offers work space and expertise to small companies hoping to grow into something big.
“For the University of Alabama, this gives students another real-world business lab and endless learning opportunities. It’s a tremendous resource for faculty and staff alike to engage with the business community like never before,” said Jim Page, President of the Chamber of Commerce.
As of Wednesday, 17 businesses and 40 people are working at The Edge.