imerge Set for August 23 at the Alabama Theatre

Presented by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and Summit Media Entertainment, imerge is the state’s largest innovation awards celebration. It expands this year to include a conference with national opinion leaders, a networking mixer and after parties highlighting home-grown food and music.

“We are excited to join EDPA who has annually honored our State’s best and brightest, and we are thrilled to join them in rolling out the next chapter of this great event,” said Erskine “Chuck” Faush, President of Summit Media Entertainment. “We are excited to partner with EDPA on an extraordinary event.”

“We expect an informative and entertaining experience that challenges your dreams, fuels your passion and puts you in the room with thinkers all while having a blast,” Faush said. A special commemorative edition of  BHM Biz, the magazine of metro Birmingham business, will be available at the event. “We are excited to be able to produce a publication that commemorates this important evening,” said Joe O’Donnell, publisher of BHM Biz.

Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist and an author of six bestselling books, including The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, is the keynote speaker at 4 p.m. Then mix, met and greet at the network reception immediately following at 5 p.m. The Innovation Awards celebration that includes live performances at 6 p.m. is the annual highlight of companies of all sizes and innovators who strengthen Alabama’s economy, generate jobs and develop new ideas. Following the awards, the Innovators Lounge with live music from Party of the Year and the Imagineers Loft with DJ Mark AD, will provide the ultimate club experience, plus a taste of Alabama, with delicious food. The “after parties” all take place at the Alabama Theatre and the adjoining Hill Event Center.

A panel of judges chose the winners from a pool of 88 nominations submitted by the public. Companies from Robertsdale, Cullman and Huntsville have been named recipients of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s 2017 Innovation Awards.

This year Quality Filters of Robertsdale, wins for Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Manufacturing. The award recognizes the company’s manufacturing methods and business process which cut its filter delivery time from up to four weeks down to an average of five days or less.

ZeroRPM of Cullman, named Corporate Innovator of the Year among small companies with up to 50 employees. The company’s battery-powered ZeroRPM Idle Mitigation System allows a vehicle to idle without running the engine.

Diatherix of Huntsville, honored as Corporate Innovator of the Year among large companies with more than 50 employees. The award is in recognition for its pathogen detection technology, enabling healthcare providers to identify an infection’s cause and determine multiple infection sources.

The Lifetime Achievement in Innovation award honors Jim Hudson, co-founder of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. one of the most unique areas for genomic discovery in the country.

“We expect a non-stop thrilling experience that challenges your dreams, fuels your passion and puts you in the room thinkers with all while having a blast,” Faush said.

Adding “It’s no mistake the ‘I’ in Imerge combines personal ambitions with collaborative efforts to create something special – imagine, innovate and inspire”.

EDPA Imerge is August 23 at the Alabama Theater. Tickets on sale on Ticketmaster.

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About Summit Media 

Summit Media, LLC is an integrated broadcasting, digital media, direct marketing and events company focused on compelling local brands, powerful personalities and meaningful marketing solutions.


About EDPA  

EDPA’s primary focus is to help Alabama attract and retain industry and provides services to companies looking to locate in Alabama, encourages emerging business development and assists companies and communities.