Washington County, ALABAMA

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.

Washington County, AL

Alabama’s Gulf Coast Chemical Corridor is a vital contributor to the area’s regional economy:
Taxes $101M
Income $750M
Earnings $429M


Total Gross Regional Product

According to the American Chemistry Council, for every


job created in the chemical industry


jobs are created
in other sectors


Located in the beautiful southeastern corner of the state, Washington County, Alabama is bordered by Mississippi, Choctaw County, the Tombigbee River and Mobile County. Situated about 60 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico provides recreational opportunities and great access to the Port of Mobile. With roughly 88% of the land area for situated forest and pine plantations, agriculture is still a very important aspect of daily life in Washington County.
With a population under 20,000 people county-wide, the county is friendly, safe and welcoming to visitors and newcomers alike.

Residents are proud of the county’s rich historical heritage, including being named after General George Washington, and being home to the state’s first chartered school and bank, as well as the location of the first territorial capital and the first county in Alabama.

The proximity to the gulf brings mild year-round temperatures, averaging 74°F.

  • "We are poised for growth. Recent utility upgrades allow us to serve double the number of residential customers than we currently serve."

    Stan Wilson
    Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Cooperative
  • "What our commision does is not just about raods. It's about funding econominc development, tax levy and abatements, and job creation for the future generations of residents and today."

    Allen Bailey
    Washington County Commission
  • "As a strong corporate citizen, we are fully vested in Washington County since 1984. Giving $200,000 in community contributions annually, enjoying no break in service since operations began in 1952, no layoffs since 1984, we have operated under the same name with consistent steady growth."

    Ken Corley
    Olin Corporation
  • "Our best resource for job growth is the chemical corridor on Highway 43. It's part of an 88- mile corridor, and draws workforce from five counties with an average earning income of more than $100,000 annually. We seek workforce readiness for the sustainability of existing and new industry in our county and region."

    Mel Ann Sullivan
    Washington County Economic Development Initiative


Mel Ann Sullivan



The Washington County Economic Development Initiative (WCedi) is the economic development entity for Washington County, Alabama, and partners with a number of regional and state entities to bring economic development opportunities and projects into the country. WCedi is managed by Mel Ann Sullivan and supported by board members representing the county’s private and public business leaders.


Facts & Data

The Washington County Economic Development Initiative team can provide customized reports, statistics, and other information for site selectors, prospective and existing businesses looking to relocate or grow within Washington County, Alabama.

CLASS 1 RAILROADS in the chemical corridor


Chemical companies in an 88-mile corridor

Miles of current chemical corridor In Mobile and Washington Counties