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The Washington County Economic Development Initiative (WCedi) works to increase economic opportunities for businesses and industries and improve the quality of life for individuals in Washington County, Alabama. Since 2004, this initiative has worked in partnership with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce to provide job opportunities and foster regional business creation. WCedi strives to support and develop existing local industry and promote the southwest Alabama region around the world to potential clients. Washington County offers serious growth opportunities for business and industry by leveraging available industrial sites, excellent infrastructure, and a highly trained regional workforce. The county offers specific growth opportunities in the chemical, steel, and pulp and paper industry sectors.
The county seat, Chatom, is 61 miles north of the city of Mobile, near the Mississippi state line. The first county in Alabama, Washington County is known for its recreational, industrial and historical importance. Specific features the county offers are a ready workforce, co-location opportunities with existing manufacturers, diverse chemical feed stocks, competitive utility rates, and direct access to national and international transportation routes.
To find out more about WCedi, Washington County, or available industrial sites.
The Washington County Economic Development Initiative (WCedi) is the economic development entity for Washington County, Alabama, and partners with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce regional initiative. WCedi is managed by a director and supported by board members representing the county’s private and public leaders.
The Washington County Economic Development Initiative staff can provide customized reports, statistics, and other information for site selectors, prospective businesses, and existing businesses looking to relocate or grow within Washington County, Alabama.
Alabama is a right-to-work state. For more detailed workforce information, contact the Washington County Economic Development Initiative at (251) 847-2810.
The Washington County Economic Development Initiative staff can provide customized reports, statistics, and other information for site selectors, prospective businesses, and existing businesses looking to relocate or grow within Washington County, Alabama. For assistance, call (251) 847-2810.
Washington County, Alabama is known for its recreational opportunities. Some of the more well-known ones are outlined below.
Washington County is home to the St. Stephens Historical Park. A visit to the park is a way to introduce children and adults to Alabama’s rich heritage. There are many recreational activities available for visitors, including fishing in the park’s 100-acre lake, RV camping, primitive camping, biking, birdwatching, horseback riding, picnicking, and hiking. Visit the website below for more information on the St. Stephens Historical Park.
The St. Stephens courthouse served the county seat for 53 years until the county seat was moved to Chatom in 1907. In 2000 the St. Stephens Historical Commission undertook the restoration and rehabilitation of this historic courthouse.
The St. Stephens Courthouse is now open to the public as a Visitor Center and Museum. Admission is free! Visitors can tour the beautifully restored courthouse from 7:30-4:00 Monday through Friday. No reservations are required, and large groups can call ahead for a guided tour of the Courthouse and Museum and also the nearby Old St. Stephens Historical Park.
The Chatom Community Center is surrounded by a 22 acre lake stocked with bream and bass. Picnic and barbecue areas are also available. The Community Center overlooks Lake Ellis and will comfortably seat a maximum of 336 people. There is a 1.2 mile walking trail which surrounds Lake Ellis and the Community Center. For rental information contact the Chatom Town Hall @ (251) 847-2580.
Annual Town of Chatom Mardi Gras Parade
This is somewhat of a typical Mardi Gras parade but showcases various communities surrounding the Town of Chatom. There is a BBQ competition attached to the parade sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and later that night the Maids of Merriment (MOMs) host a Mardi Gras Ball at the Chatom Community Center. Contact Amanda London for more information about the Parade at (251) 510-4320 or (251) 844-2580. This is a heavily attended event.
Deerfield Golf Club, located on Hwy 56 East, consists of an 18-hole golf course. For green fees and rental information about the club house call (251) 847-2056.
Washington County Museum
Located in basement area of the Washington County courthouse. The museum showcases many replicas of Washington County’s rich past. Washington County is Alabama’s 1st county and boasts the 1st territorial capital at St. Stephens.
Visit Alabama’s Front Porches to learn more about the recreational activities in Washington County.
The Washington County State Public Lake (or Emmet Wood Lake) is an 84-acre lake located 2 miles west of Millry, Alabama. There is an accessible fishing pier, as well as launching ramp and boats for rent. Picnic pavilions are available, as well as camping and RV spots. Bass fishing and fishing for catfish are year-round activities, with Bluegill being caught in the spring and summer.
The Washington County Hospital is a 25-bed acute care facility. The Washington County Hospital offers many of the same services as larger, regional hospitals with a convenient, close-to-home location and caring attitude of neighbors. Services include:
The Washington County Nursing Home is an 88-bed facility established in 1979.
The Washington County Economic Development Initiative works to increase economic opportunities for those businesses and individuals in Washington County, Alabama. Its mission is to create new job opportunities and expand the tax base for the area. The Washington County Economic Development Initiative strives to support and develop existing local industry, as well as promote Washington County around the world as an ideal location for families, business and industry.
Washington County Economic Development Initiative Contact Information
Director, Washington County Economic Development Initiative
P.O. Box 854
Chatom, AL 36518
34 Court Street
Chatom, AL 36518
Phone: (251) 847-2810
Cell: (334) 332-0565
Fax: (251) 844-3877