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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:
Bassmaster Classic will return to Birmingham's BJCC Arena in 2014
More layoffs announced at Anniston weapons incinerator
Demopolis receives AT&T grant
Alabama International Auto Show kicks off today in Birmingham.
Montgomery's 30th annual economic summit, The Forum, set for Nov. 15



Bassmaster Classic will return to Birmingham's BJCC Arena in 2014
By Solomon Crenshaw Jr. | screnshawjr@al.com 
November 07, 2012


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Bassmasters will return to Birmingham in February 2014 for the Bassmaster Classic, The Birmingham News and al.com have learned.


Gov. Robert Bentley and Birmingham Mayor William Bell will join other city officials and area leaders in announcing what they are calling a "major event" coming to Birmingham in 2014.


The announcement is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Arena Club at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. 













More layoffs announced at Anniston weapons incinerator
Nov 08, 2012 
by Patrick McCreless

The company that operated Anniston's chemical weapons incinerator has 50 fewer workers today as part of continuing efforts to close down the facility.

According to a Wednesday press release from Westinghouse Anniston, the contractor responsible for shutting down the facility, the employee drawdown today will affect 50 workers at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility. The facility reached another closure milestone and so no longer needs the labor.

Workers there destroyed the last of Anniston's chemical weapons stockpile in September 2011 and has been undergoing closure efforts ever since.

The release states that the layoffs are expected to be a permanent reduction in the facility's workforce. Not including the latest round of layoffs, Westinghouse has downsized its workforce by approximately 100 positions over the last year through attrition, transfers of employees to other sites and voluntary departures. After the layoffs, there will still be 650 people working at the incinerator for Westinghouse and its subcontractors along with 20 government employees.

Among the workers who no longer have jobs at the facility: four paramedics, three munitions handlers, three mechanical technicians and an environmental engineer.





Demopolis receives AT&T grant
By Staff Reports
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Demopolis will be among nine West Alabama and East Mississippi communities demonstrating how The Arts can boost their economies and early childhood learning through a grant announced by the AT&T Foundation last Friday.


The AT&T Foundation issued a $10,000 grant to The Montgomery Institute to implement a program entitled Educating Artists and Entrepreneurs to Build Creative Economies in Rural Areas.


The nine communities participating in Phase One of the project are and Demopolis, Livingston, Thomasville, and Silas in Alabama and Philadelphia, Quitman, Bay Springs, Shuqualak and Meridian in Mississippi. The Institute will provide matching funds for the grant.


"We will be reaching out to a wide array of artists - artisans, writers, musicians, cultural artists, graphic artists, performers, and more - plus the industries and organizations that support them," said project director Richelle Putnam. "We will also be reaching out to Boys and Girls Clubs, Head Start Centers, and other early childhood centers that serve low and moderate income children."





[Demopolis Times]



Alabama International Auto Show kicks off today in Birmingham
Published: Thursday, November 08, 2012, 7:00 AM    
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- TheAlabama International Auto Showruns today through Sunday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

The event will feature 2013 model year cars, trucks, SUVs and hybrid vehicles. More than 400 will be on display.
New features this year include a "Made in Alabama" area, with vehicles produced at state auto plants operated
2013 Alabama International Auto Show.

Nearly every manufacturer is represented with 2013 models, including some prototypes and hard-to-find models, said Jennifer Whisenant, executive director the Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association.

For example, the redesigned Toyota Avalon will be on display. Just a handful of the cars have been delivered to dealers in the Southeast so far, Whisenant said.







Montgomery's 30th annual economic summit, The Forum, set for Nov. 15


MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Today, as President Barack Obama celebrates reelection and begins to plan the direction of the country over the next four years, three of the nation's leading business and political experts plan to travel to Montgomery to discuss the economic outlook at Montgomery's 30th annual economic summit, The Forum. The event will be held Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center.


An impressive agenda of renowned speakers has been lined up for the event organized by Auburn University at Montgomery and the Montgomery Area Committee of 100. Keynote speakers include:


Dick Morris: One of America's most prominent political consultants, Morris provides commentary for Fox News. He first gained national attention following the strategy that engineered Bill Clinton's comeback reelection in 1996. He has handled the winning campaigns of more than 30 senators and governors and written 14 books with his wife, Eileen McGann, including 10 New York Times best sellers.


Jon Anzalone: The founder of Anzalone Liszt Research (ALR), Anzalone has spent more than 20 years in the polling business helping candidates, associations and corporations across the U.S. with message development, strategic planning, and targeting. ALR polled for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and also represents two U.S. senators, 13 U.S. House members, one governor, and dozens of other state and local elected officials in 20 states.


Walter Williams: A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Williams occasionally fills in as substitute host for the Rush Limbaugh show. He has also made appearances on Nightline, Face the Nation, Crossfire, and MacNeil/Lehrer. Since 1980, he has served as the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He has given expert testimony before Congress on public policy issues ranging from labor policy to taxation and spending.  


Along with Hancock Bank, sponsors for The Forum include Regions Bank, Brown Studio Architecture, Neptune Technology Group, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, Raycom Media, Sterling Bank, Max Federal Credit Union, and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.


Registration is $195 per person or $1,560 for a table of eight. For more information, call 334-244-3804 or visit www.aum.edu/theforum.





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