By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Alabama Power has once again been named one of the best economic development teams in the nation, according to trade publication Site Selection magazine.

The distinguished Top 20 Utilities in Economic Development list recognizes U.S. utilities with the best track record for recruiting and expanding industry. The ranking further solidifies Alabama Power as a national leader in economic, workforce and community development.

“Our team works each day to better lives and create opportunities for the people of Alabama, and I’m incredibly proud Site Selection is honoring this commitment yet again,” said Tony Smoke, senior vice president of Marketing and Economic Development for Alabama Power.

Smoke added that economic development is more than a department at Alabama Power and was a founding tenet of the company over a century ago, with employees from all organizations contributing to the success.

The publication cites as key wins for the company and the state Alabama Power’s 2019 efforts to attract an estimated $2 billion in new capital investment and the more than 2,500 jobs created through new and expanding facility projects.

Additionally, Site Selection cited the company’s work in the areas of community and rural development, innovation and entrepreneurship:

Teamwork is key to the company – and the state of Alabama’s – economic development track record.

Leigh Davis, vice president of Economic and Community Development for Alabama Power, emphasized the importance of partnerships with organizations and allies such as the Alabama Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Economic Development Association of AlabamaAIDT and local economic development groups.

“Our commitment to building long-lasting, strong partnerships allows us to work beyond traditional recruitment expansion to prepare our communities and workforce for opportunities and growth,” Davis said.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama NewsCenter website