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Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner


In this issue:
Airbus plans to double spending in U.S.
Birmingham gets boost at elite Gordon Research Conference
75 jobs coming to SARA
Google teams with Alabama SBDC Network to offer free domains, websites to small businesses

Airbus plans to double spending in U.S. 

Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 5:21 PM

By The Associated Press


WICHITA, Kansas -- European aerospace giant Airbus said Monday it plans to double the $12 billion it now spends with U.S. suppliers amid strong airplane sales, explaining that the company has a backlog that is "disturbingly healthy."


Airbus America Chairman Allan McArtor told representatives from 114 companies at an aviation supplier conference in Kansas that 40 percent of what his company uses to build its planes comes from U.S. companies.


"We've got a backlog that quite frankly is disturbingly healthy, because it is hard to sell airplanes when your delivery position is so far out," McArtor said. "So we want to increase our capacity. We cannot increase our capacity without increasing our supply chain capability. We cannot increase our supply chain capability unless we approve more qualified suppliers. And that is precisely why we are here."






Birmingham gets boost at elite Gordon Research Conference 

Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 6:01 PM 

By Martin Swant --- The Birmingham News


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The foundations of Birmingham's burgeoning start-up ecosystem now have been presented to some of the best minds in science policy after a presentation at one of the summer's Gordon Research Conferences.


The Birmingham Business Alliance, Innovation Depot and the UAB Research Foundation teamed to develop a poster presented Monday in Waterville Valley, N.H., at the highly selective, invitation-only meeting of minds. Dozens of Gordon Conferences are held during the summer in a variety of locations focused on a variety of scientific topics, but this one is "Science and Technology Policy in Global Context."


The 4-foot by 6-foot poster highlighted how Birmingham's academic, entrepreneurial and business realms are collaborating to foster innovation.


"The Gordon Conferences are really the pinnacle of academic activities for a lot of disciplines," said David Winwood, chief executive of the UAB Research Foundation.


High-powered speakers from around the world are at the conference, from Harvard University, the U.S. State Department, U.S. National Science Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the African Center for Technology Studies. Steven Ceulemans, the BBA's vice president of innovation and technology, who is in New Hampshire to represent Birmingham, said he talked with two Nobel laureates about innovation in the city.




[The Birmingham News


75 jobs coming to SARA

Published 12:57am Tuesday, August 7, 2012

By Michele Gerlach, Andalusia Star News


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is among the dignitaries expected to be on hand today when for an announcement of 75 new jobs at the South Alabama Regional Airport.


The Airport and Authority and Covington County Economic Development Commission will host the ceremony for DRS Technologies, which has leased the twin hangars at the airport.


The company, whose American operations are headquartered in New Jersey, has facilities in 23 states, including Huntsville, Ala. The company's focus is defense technology, and it develops, manufactures and supports a broad range of systems for the military and Homeland Security, according to its web site.


In Alabama, DRS will work on C130s.




[Andalusia Star News


Google teams with Alabama SBDC Network to offer free domains, websites to small businesses

Need a website for your business? Join us at a free Alabama Get Your Business Online workshop on August 9 in Birmingham.  If you don't have a website or Google business listing, you'll find everything you need to get started - with web professionals at your side every step of the way. We'll also provide the computers or a plug-in for your own laptop.


If your business is already online, you'll find tools and resources to help your business succeed online.


At these events you can

*             Get a free website and business listing

*             Get 1:1 advice and tips

*             Learn more about online marketing

*             Network with your fellow small business owners


This Google-led event is co-sponsored by the Association of Small Business Development Centers, Intuit, and SCORE.  Counselors from the Alabama SBDC Network will be on hand to answer your small business questions.  www.ASBDC.org


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