Author, consultant, and former economic developer
Don Erwin’s experiences include being an economic development manager with Alabama Power Company, the VP of recruiting for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), and VP and management board member at Barber Companies, a large commercial development company.
He led the effort to start Alabama’s first International Baccalaureate School program, was part of the teams that brought Mercedes-Benz to Alabama and developed a 140,000 SF award-winning business incubator, and led the economic development effort which resulted in the world’s largest motorcycle museum and a 840-acre motorsports park whose two largest customers are Porsche and Mercedes, and which annually hosts an Indycar race.
Don’s journey as an author began with the question: Why are there no thriller novels about economic development? Answering that question led to Buffalo Hunting in Alabama, a novel published in 2020.
Don’s AEDL presentation, Moneyball Economic Development Thru a Novel Approach, discusses whether the economic development business will ever have its Moneyball moment.