Nick Saban famously doesn’t let his assistant coaches talk with the media because he prefers there to be only “one voice” speaking for his football team. (It’s not an original concept, it originated with Bill Parcells who passed it down to Bill Belichick, one of Saban’s mentors.)

Media types like us may grumble about such policies, but take away our subjective prism and it’s a defensible approach. Former Notre Dame and Kansas Coach Charlie Weis, speaking about the issue in a 2006 book, said a team has only one leader, and part of that leader’s job description is to get individuals to subjugate their egos, individual desires and opinions and focus on what’s best for the team, period.

Government isn’t sports, although there certainly are leaders and individuals involved, so those particular factors might not have been in place at the Etowah County Courthouse over the last year or so. However, the notion of “speaking with once voice” has relevance, which is why we’re glad the county this week decided to abandon the Etowah Economic Alliance, a few weeks short of its first birthday.

The alliance was formally established on Oct. 2, 2018, although the groundwork had been laid for several months in advance. It had a president (Marilyn Lott), a board, the power to issue state bonds and approve tax abatements and other incentives for industries interested in locating in the county, and a vision: “To bring our communities together in a collaborative effort, combine the strengths of each community and build a stronger economy by increasing employment opportunities and capital investment in Etowah County,” according to Lott.

At the top of the agenda was marketing and promoting Little Canoe Creek, the county’s 1,100-acre megasite/AdvantageSite.

There’s nothing wrong with that objective, or where the county’s heart was. Here’s the problem, though: The Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority had already been operating nearly four decades, with the goal of representing the Gadsden Metropolitan Statistical Area — which of course includes Etowah County, and the megasite — to potential industrial customers.

Can we say “duplication of services?”

County officials in dissolving the EEA cited the confusion that’s been created by what easily could be seen as competing industrial development agencies. We can imagine the consternation of developers thinking about doing business in Gadsden or Etowah County: “Which acronym do we call, the EEA or the IDA?”

Lott will retain her job with the county, but will report to the County Commission. We think that’s a good move; she has a strong résumé and we’re pleased with what we’ve seen from her so far.

Her duties won’t change and neither will her top priority — getting Little Canoe Creek occupied. We have no problem there, either.

Perhaps not having to lead and manage an alliance will free Lott up to better collaborate with the existing IDA, which has an established reputation and track record of helping land industrial clients. (Like, most recently, Motus Integrated Technologies, which again has the potential to be a game-changer for the county.)

In turn, we hope the IDA makes Little Canoe Creek — which is listed on its website — a strong priority moving forward.

We’ve said that piece of land is critical to this region’s future and we’d like to see some activity out there — if not a massive, “big score” on the level of the Toyota-Mazda plant that’s being built near Huntsville, then multiple small industries.

Knowing which number to dial can only facilitate that.