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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:
Walgreens chooses Shoals for expansion
State, Austal strike new job training pact
Bice: State is shifting focus to college, career
Alabama China Partnership Fall Symposium
Grant could enable business to rebuild in Phil Campbell


Walgreens chooses Shoals for expansion

Call center to add up to 350 jobs

By Mike Goens


State and local officials are expected to announce today an expansion of Walgreens Customer Care Center in Muscle Shoals, a move that could create up to 350 additional jobs, officials said Tuesday.


Walgreens built a call center operation in 2004 at Southgate Mall. The facility processes customers' prescriptions and sends them to pharmacies where they are filled. Walgreens has nearly 250 workers on site now.


Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford confirmed "a significant jobs announcement" will be made at 2 p.m. today at City Hall. He added the announcement involves Walgreens' operation in the city.


"They're expanding, and we're delighted they have chosen Muscle Shoals," Bradford said.






State, Austal strike new job training pact 

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

By Ellen Mitchell, Press-Register


MOBILE, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley today announced a $5 million project agreement between the state and Austal USA that will help the shipbuilder add up to 1,000 full-time jobs in Mobile.


The Phase V Agreement, a five-year project that will help Austal continue its workforce expansion, will provide employee training services from the Alabama Industrial Training program.


Austal currently employs about 3,000 people to build Joint High Speed Vessels and littoral combat ships for the U.S. Navy. Under a current project agreement, that number is expected to grow by an additional 600. Once the Phase V Agreement is complete, Austal expects to have 4,600 employees in Mobile.


"With this new project agreement, we are creating new jobs and new opportunities for the people of Alabama," Bentley said in a statement. "We are moving forward with our Accelerate Alabama plan for long-term economic development."







Bice: State is shifting focus to college, career

Published 12:01am Wednesday, August 15, 2012

By: Kendra Bolling


State schools superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice told educators gathered at the Covington County Education Summit on Tuesday that Alabama is shifting its concentration from adequate yearly progress to college and career readiness.


"We need to prepare every child so that they have a choice to do whatever they want to do," he said. "It could be that a student takes AP calculus, but ends up digging a ditch, it needs to be their choice, not mine."


Bice said not only does he want every child in Alabama to graduate, he wants to them to graduate prepared.


"They need to gain knowledge and skills and know how to apply that to the work setting," he said. "We're changing the focus to where a kid leaves knowing how to apply it."


To do that, Bice said the Department of Education is working with the Department of Postsecondary Education to create a unified pre-K through 20 college and career readiness goals.

"We need to have the same goals," he said.




[Andalusia Star-News



Alabama China Partnership Fall Symposium
September 26th - 27th, 2012 in Monroeville, Alabama

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  • Chinese Government Delegation
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  • Two days of provocative, no-holds-barred sessions
  • Networking with Chinese executives
  • A Special "To Kill A Mockingbird" Theatrical Performance

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Grant could enable business to rebuild in Phil Campbell

Published 6:04am Saturday, August 11, 2012 

By: Kellie Singleton


PHIL CAMPBELL - Rebuilding and recovery efforts have been ongoing in the town of Phil Campbell for over a year, and a recent grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley will help the town continue to move forward.

Bentley recently announced that he awarded $389,352 to the town of Phil Campbell that will help S&T Montgomery Distributing Co. to relocate and expand their business in the town.

The grant represents a matching amount the town needed in order to be able to receive a $1.9 million grant from the Economic Development Administration's disaster recovery fund, which they have already applied for.

The town will know within 60 days if they received the $1.9 million EDA grant. If they do not receive the grant, the $389,352 grant for matching funds awarded by Bentley will be reallocated.

The purpose of the $1.9 million grant is to help the town expand economically and improve the infrastructure in the Phil Campbell Industrial Park, where S&T Montgomery Distributing Co. will be relocating.  



[Franklin County Times]

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