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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:
Gov. Robert Bentley touts Alabama workers on recruiting trip for Airbus suppliers in Germany
New Oxford hotel sign of strong hospitality industry
After Popular Science plug, IDair's fingerprint scanner attracts world of eyeballs



Gov. Robert Bentley touts Alabama workers on recruiting trip for Airbus suppliers in Germany
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 

HAMBURG, Germany -- Gov. Robert Bentley today delivered a speech to aerospace industry leaders gathered at the Aviation Forum 2012, where he touted the state's workforce and training programs as benefits for Airbus suppliers considering a move to the U.S.

Bentley is in Germany this week,leading a state delegation of economic developers and elected officials who are trying to lure supplier projects and other business related to Airbus' planned $600 million, 1,000-job aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.

Airbus and Alabama officials see the plant as a transformational project that could create ripples of new jobs and investment across the state, much like Mercedes-Benz did with the state auto industry.

"With Airbus building its first U.S.-based production facility in Mobile, the entire state is poised for growth," Governor Bentley said in a statement provided by his office.  "Suppliers can benefit from the same positive business climate that helped us attract Airbus.  We're ready to work with companies and partner with them to bring even more jobs to Alabama."



New Oxford hotel sign of strong hospitality industry
Nov 29, 2012
by Patrick McCreless
Another in a sizable collection of hotels will soon open in Oxford, an indication, experts say, of improvement in the state's leisure and hospitality industry.

Though some areas of the economy are still slowly recovering since the 2008 recession hit, Alabama's leisure and hospitality industry has grown steadily in recent years, creating jobs in the process. And some experts say the addition of another hotel in an already well-served market indicates continued strength in the industry and Oxford's economic well-being in general.

The Hilton hotel chain is currently building a Home2 Suites among a cluster of other hotels by Exit 188 on Interstate 20. The new 81-room facility being built behind a Hilton Garden Inn is scheduled to open in early 2013 and will be the first hotel of its kind in the state. There are already five large hotels at that intersection with a total of 450 rooms.

A Home2 is a Hilton brand of hotel that provides extended-stay services for customers, such as a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator and dishwasher along with expanded and separate bedroom and living room space. Customers who use Home2 suites tend to stay five or more nights, the company says.



After Popular Science plug, IDair's fingerprint scanner attracts world of eyeballs
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
By Martin Swant | mswant@al.com

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- After being featured in this year's "Best of What's New" list, a Huntsville startup is receiving global recognition for its fingerprint scanner. 


AIRprint is a product of Huntsville-based IDair, which was a spin-off of Advanced Optical Solutions. IDair, based at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Cummings Research Park, is receiving several inquiries a day from companies near and far interested in learning more about AIRprint. The product was featured in the annual list's security category.

"Engineers based the software on satellite image-processing programs,"Popular Science said.  


"Resolving the ridges of a fingerprint at six feet is actually quite similar to resolving a car or building from orbit. With AIRprint, people could move throughout secure facilities and sterile labs without touching a pad or surface for access."




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