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in this issue:
Another BRAC? Another opportunity, say Huntsville-area leaders - Huntsville Times
ThyssenKrupp to open North American HQ in Chicago - Press Register
Signal gets $15.9 million dredge repair job - Press Register
Toyota Industries bringing 320 jobs to Pendergrass - Atlanta Business Chronicle
UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium - UAB News
Marengo County Seeks Economic Development Director



Another BRAC? Another opportunity, say Huntsville-area leaders

Published: Friday, February 03, 2012, 6:30 AM

By Kenneth Kesner, The Huntsville Times The Huntsville Times  
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's news that President Obama and the department will ask for another round of Base Realignment and Closures, or maybe two more rounds, sparked fierce opposition in Congress and alarm in many military-heavy communities.

But not here. The possibility of a BRAC as early as 2013 with another in 2015 is seen by area leaders as more of an opportunity than a cause for concern.

"We're ready to go," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, sounding a theme. "I think we've all known that with shrinking budgets and everything else that there was a very real chance of another one. ... We fully expected something to come out, whether it was a BRAC or a consolidation."


The 2005 BRAC moved about 4,650 Army, Missile Defense Agency and other federal positions to Redstone Arsenal along with the new headquarters for the Army Materiel Command, the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command and much more. Battle said it is expected to create as many as 10,000 additional jobs in the region over the coming years.


Repeating that success would be good for the region and a hedge against possible program cuts, said Joe Ritch, longtime chairman of the Tennessee Valley BRAC Commission. The official deadline to complete the 2005 BRAC moves was only last September, and he said they've never really stopped planning for future rounds.

"I think we were a little surprised at 2013; I think that's going to be the more difficult one to get through Congress," Ritch said. "But if it's 2013, we're ready to go. If it's 2015, we're ready to go. And if it's 2013 and '15, we're ready to go."



Huntsville Times 








ThyssenKrupp to open North American HQ in Chicago

Published: Thursday, February 02, 2012, 5:25 PM     Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2012, 5:28 PM

By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register Press-Register  
MOBILE, Alabama -- ThyssenKrupp AG will open a North American headquarters in downtown Chicago this summer, according to media reports.

ThyssenKrupp, which is putting the finishing touches on a $5 billion stainless and carbon steel facility in north Mobile County, has about 25,000 employees in North America. In addition to steel, ThyssenKrupp produces plastics, aluminum, elevators, escalators, components for cars and wind turbines and builds industrial complexes.

The new headquarters will reportedly mean about 100 jobs and was not supported by public incentives.

The Essen, Germany-based has 180,000 employees worldwide.



Press Register 













Signal gets $15.9 million dredge repair job

Published: Thursday, February 02, 2012, 5:29 PM     Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2012, 5:30 PM

By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register Press-Register


MOBILE, Alabama -- Signal International Inc. announced Thursday that it won a $15.9 million contract to repair a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge.

The work will be done at the company's repair yard on the west bank of the Mobile River, it said, starting this month and running through year's end.

The job will mean Signal Ship Repair adds about 100 craftsmen, moving the workforce to 250 people for the year, according to Bob Beckmann, senior vice president and general manager of the ship repair division.

Signal will provide engineering and marine services to perform engine replacement, auxiliary systems modifications, repair work, and testing of the Hopper Dredge Wheeler for the New Orleans corps office.

The Wheeler is the largest and most powerful hopper dredge in the corps fleet, Signal said. It's 408 feet long and weighs more than 10,600 tons. It is used the clean channels from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas.


"Our full-service engineering department and comprehensive marine services enable us to provide a first-rate product, on schedule to the government," said Dick Marler, CEO and president of Signal International. 



Press Register





 Toyota Industries bringing 320 jobs to Pendergrass

 Atlanta Business Chronicle Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 4:47pm EST  

Toyota Industries Corp. will invest $350 million to open a manufacturing plant in Pendergrass, Ga., creating 320 jobs, Gov. Nathan Deal reported Tuesday.


Toyota Industries Corp. will invest $350 million to open a manufacturing plant in Pendergrass, Ga., creating 320 jobs, Gov. Nathan Deal reported Tuesday.


The Georgia 600,000-square-foot operation will be known as Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America (TICA). It will be next to TD Automotive Compressor Georgia (TACG).


The TICA plant will open in late 2013 and make the main parts of automotive compressors currently being imported from Japan and assembled at the TACG facility.


Toyota Industries Corp. supplies automotive compressors for Toyota Motor Corp., Chrysler, Ford, General Motors  and other automakers.





Atlanta Business Chronicle









UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium

Feb. 16



Sustainability experts meet at UAB to find solutions for city

By Kevin Storr



Experts from around the world will gather at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to help make Birmingham a model of smart growth, healthy living and sustainability. The UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will assemble leaders in green design and transportation, environmental sustainability and economic development for the inaugural event Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Register at www.UABSSC.org.


"Cities are responsible for about 75 percent of energy used, 60 percent of water consumed and 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide," says Fouad H. Fouad, Ph.D., chair of UAB's Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. "As the world's population continues to urbanize, we need sustainable, smart cities with a strong infrastructure that makes them environmentally friendly, increases residents' quality of life and cuts costs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."


The goal of the daylong symposium, to be held at the UAB Alumni House, 1301 10th Ave. South, is to gather information and present innovative solutions to the City of Birmingham for improving its livability. The symposium, organized by the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, will foster cross-disciplinary research, training and outreach and capitalize on progress already achieved at UAB.


"The future of Birmingham and communities worldwide demands the sustainability of our urban resources environmentally, socially and economically," says UAB President Carol Z. Garrison. "UAB is committed to drawing upon its intensely collaborative and innovative culture to discover ways of making Birmingham and cities everywhere greener, smarter and healthier. On campus, that commitment is reflected in UAB's energy-efficiency and green-construction standards, the UAB Recycling Center, our Campus Green, carpooling and bike-riding initiatives and the creation of a new Sustainability Committee comprising faculty, staff and students. Beyond campus, UAB will carry on its longtime partnership with this community by working hand in hand with Birmingham Mayor William Bell, local civic and business leaders and pioneers in the field of smart growth to make Birmingham a global leader in urban sustainable living."

The SSC Symposium features internationally renowned experts including Oscar Edmundo Diaz, who has helped the sustainable initiatives of 30 governments worldwide; Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, and green advisor to New York City; Manuel F. Olivera, regional director of the C40 Clinton Climate Initiative; and Carlo Ratti, director of MIT SENSEable City Lab.



UAB News 



Marengo County Seeks Economic Development Director


The Marengo County Economic Development Authority is taking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director will work out of the organization's office in Linden.

This position is responsible for planning and directing programs to encourage the expansion of existing industries and the establishment of new industries for Marengo County, Alabama, increasing the county's commercial tax base, and managing programs and activities designed to enhance the area's marketability (workforce development, infrastructure, industrial parks, etc.)

The applicant should have a bachelor's degree or related work related experience or relevant certifications supplemented by 3-5 years experience planning and implementing industrial/commercial development, marketing, and/or public relations programs; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

To apply send resumes to:
Marengo County Economic Development Authority
PO Box 480971
Linden, Alabama 36748

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