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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:
Ala. Governor Announcing New Jobs in Lee County
UWA's Tucker tapped for two statewide boards
Mercedes-Benz to end 2012 with record high output at Alabama plant
Major development planned near stadium, Railroad Park with offer to buy city-owned land





Ala. Governor Announcing New Jobs in Lee County
Posted: Tue 7:07 AM, Dec 18, 2012

Gov. Robert Bentley is headed to Auburn for an economic development announcement.


A spokesman for the governor says the announcement will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Auburn Conference Center. The governor's office isn't revealing much about the project, other than it will bring new jobs to Lee County.


Bentley was in Lee County a little more than a year ago to celebrate the start of construction on a GE Aviation plant in Auburn and a Pharmavite dietary supplement plant in Opelika.




















UWA's Tucker tapped for two statewide boards

 By Staff Reports

Published December 17, 2012

Two organizations working to enhance Alabama's economic growth and development recently selected Ken Tucker, dean of the University of West Alabama's College of Business, to serve in key positions.

This fall, Tucker was named president/CEO of Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) by that organization's board of directors; he will serve beginning in January 2013. Tucker also recently joined the board of directors of the Alabama Council on Economic Education (ACEE).


"Alabama Communities of Excellence is a group of volunteer leaders whom I hold in high regard, in part for their enthusiastic commitment to helping smaller communities implement comprehensive plans for growth and development that can make life better for all citizens," Tucker said.


Created in 2002, ACE draws upon the resources and expertise of its partners in business, industry, government and higher education to assist small cities and towns throughout the state. The nonprofit organization provides programs and tools to help communities grow in several areas: leadership, planning, economic development and quality of life. West Alabama ACE communities include Demopolis, which completed the program in 2005 and was recertified in 2011; and Livingston, which received its ACE designation in 2012.


The Alabama Council on Economic Education, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit organization that offers economic and financial education programs to K-12 public and private schools, youth groups, and homeschooled students and their teachers/mentors. ACEE leverages its partnerships with educational and professional organizations to advocate for financial literacy and economic education.





[Demopolis Times]










Mercedes-Benz to end 2012 with record high output at Alabama plant
Published: Monday, December 17, 2012
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 

VANCE, Alabama -- Mercedes-Benz auto workers in Tuscaloosa County have built more vehicles in 2012 than any other year in the plant's history.

The final tally is expected to be about 182,000 vehicles, Markus Schaefer, head of the German automaker's state operations, said in an interview.

Mercedes parent Daimler will pinpoint the exact total in early 2013. The plant's previous production record was 174,356 vehicles, set in 2007.

The output is just one of the records set by the plant this year, Schaefer added. The value of exports shipped from the plant also is expected to climb to a new level -- between $5 billion and $6 billion -- keeping Mercedes at the top among state exporters.









Major development planned near stadium, Railroad Park with offer to buy city-owned land
By Joseph D. Bryant | jbryant@al.com 
on December 17, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The company responsible for the Cityville Block 121 residential complex proposes a new $33 million development a block away near Railroad Park and the baseball stadium under construction.


The project of about 245 units, from Inland American Communities Group Inc., signifies a major private investment and the first residential venture in the Parkside District anchored by Railroad Park the Regions Field baseball stadium.


Mayor William Bell this week is expected to detail the $3.1 million proposal to sell city-owned property on the corner of 3rd Avenue South and 16th Street South. The development would overlook the new playing field. The proposal requires approval from the City Council.











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