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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:
Alabama's push is on for Airbus suppliers, on both sides of the Atlantic
Shelby County Chamber of Commerce aims at economic growth for area
Lawrence receives grant for whiskey barrel plant
Report ranking Huntsville among fastest-growing U.S. cities 'reflects what we see every day
NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr. tours Decatur rocket plant Wednesday



Alabama's push is on for Airbus suppliers, on both sides of the Atlantic 
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
Alabama's economic developers and elected officials are working to lure supplier business tied to Airbus' planned $600 million, 1,000-job aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, 
a journey that has taken them to Germany this week 
and one that will likely be a key focus of next year's state legislative session.

In Germany, a contingent led by Gov. Robert Bentley has met with nine companies regarding a possible move to the state, Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said from Hamburg today.
The group is at the Aviation Forum, a supplier conference that has drawn more than 300 people representing about 150 companies, Canfield said.

On Monday, the governor spoke to about 100 participants of The Aerospace Alliance -- a group representing the Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi aerospace corridor -- about Alabama's efforts to grow the Airbus supply chain in the coming months. 




Shelby County Chamber of Commerce aims at economic growth for area
By Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com 
 November 27, 2012 

SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama - Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce CEO Kirk Mancer recalled when last fall 50 or 60 people from the area gathered to answer a critical question: Where do you want Shelby County to be in the coming years?


The answers became the basis of the new ShelbyOne five-year strategic plan developed by the Chamber of Commerce.


"We want to do a better job of marketing and branding Shelby County" throughout the state and elsewhere, Mancer told Pelham City Council members while presenting the plan this month. "What we want to do is bring all municipalities and all businesses together" to discuss economic growth.


The plan projects "Shelby County to be the economic hub and governmental leader in Central Alabama by the year 2016."


"Through collaborative partnerships, public and private sector leaders will work together to provide excellence in education, offer quality employment, retain existing business, attract new business and development, and enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Shelby County," documentation on the plan states.








Lawrence receives grant for whiskey barrel plant
Staff Reports

Lawrence County will get $400,000 to improve water service for a whiskey-barrel manufacturing plant planned for the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex off Alabama 20 near Decatur.


The Jack Daniel Cooperage was announced in June. It is expected to create up to 225 jobs and receive $63 million in state and local incentives.


Whiskey-maker Brown-Forman will build the $55 million facility and plans to hire 110 to 135 full-time workers when production begins in May 2014, Brown-Forman spokesman Phil Lynch said earlier in 2012. By 2019, it will employ 200, according to a summary of impact and incentive estimates provided by the state.




[Times Daily]



Report ranking Huntsville among fastest-growing U.S. cities 'reflects what we see every day'
By Steve Doyle | sdoyle@al.com 
November 27, 2012

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A new report that projects Huntsville will be the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama -- and No. 23 nationally -- over the next five years came as no surprise to Rex Reynolds.

Reynolds, the city administrator, spent Monday touring Raytheon's new $75 million missile integration and testing center on Redstone Arsenal. Tonight, he'll be at the opening of Providence Place apartments in west Huntsville. On Thursday, he's scheduled to help christen Huntsville International Airport's expanded baggage claim area.

"The report reflects what we see every day," Reynolds said Tuesday. "With the growth of economic development comes the households."


Pitney Bowes Software's inaugural Metro Magnets Index predicts Huntsville will add 9,972 new households by 2017, representing a growth rate of 5.8 percent. The number of households will jump from 170,819 to 180,791, according to the company's estimates.










NASA administrator Charles Bolden Jr. tours Decatur rocket plant Wednesday
Lee Roop | lroop@al.com 
November 27, 2012 

DECATUR, Alabama -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. will tour the Decatur plant where United Launch Alliance assembles Delta and Atlas rockets Wednesday morning.

 ULA, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, hopes one of those rockets will eventually power a commercial space taxi for astronauts to the International Space Station, and NASA under Bolden is strongly encouraging commercial space development.

Bolden will tour the plant on the Tennessee River west of Huntsville with Michael Gass, ULA president and CEO, and Bolden will speak to the media afterward. The tour of the facility, some of which is classifed, is not open to reporters. 



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