Alabama economic development representatives frequently say the friendliness of Alabama's people in their secret weapon in recruiting international businesses looking to invest in new North American operations. The results of an Auburn University poll suggest that multinational industrialists are the only ones to have noticed.
An Auburn press release says that almost all Alabama residents, 96 percent of them, agree that it is accurate to describe the state as "friendly."
"The people of Alabama are now being recognized around the globe for being hospitable and welcoming," said Don-Terry Veal, director of Auburn's Center for Governmental Services that conducted the poll. "The friendliness makes the state a great place to live and a profitable site for investments in human resources. Companies are looking for happy and cooperative employees."