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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:
How can Alabama succeed? Get more out of its 600,000 underemployed, experts say.
Turnout for maritime job fair in Mobile shatters expectations
Jacksonville board talks branding
Auburn University makes Top 10 for online business graduate program
Southern Parallel to reopen Albertville sawmill, could bring 130 jobs
Mobile Area Chamber hosting 176th Annual Meeting, networking extravaganza Jan. 22
Huntsville's Jetplex Industrial Park gains dental lab

 


 

How can Alabama succeed? Get more out of its 600,000 underemployed, experts say
By Alex Walsh | awalsh@al.com 
on January 16, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- There are reasons to be excited about the future of Alabama's economy, experts said at the 2013 Economic Outlook Conference, held today at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.  

"There's a lot of activity, a lot of good news," said Samuel Addy, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research for the University of Alabama. 

Many of Addy's positive comments referred to upward trends in motor vehicle manufacturing, which in turn boost exports. Preliminary estimates suggest 2012 could be another record year for Alabama exports, propelled by some of the strongest auto manufacturing activity the state has ever seen, with roughly 880,000 vehicles built through 11 months of the year, Addy says.

And the jobs associated with those operations pay well. While the average weekly wage across Alabama is in the neighborhood of $800, workers in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry earn more than $1,400 a week on average, according to data compiled by the CBER.

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Turnout for maritime job fair in Mobile shatters expectations 
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on January 16, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama -- A maritime and construction trades career fair hosted Jan. 16, 2013, attracted 537 job seekers, shattering organizers expectations for the event.

 

"Is that not amazing?" asked Laura Chandler, executive director of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council, only minutes after the eight-hour job fair concluded.

 

The career fair was hosted jointly by the council and the Alabama Industrial Development Training program at the AIDT Maritime Training Center in Mobile.

 

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Jacksonville board talks branding
Jan 17, 2013
By Paige Rentz
prentz@annistonstar.com

JACKSONVILLE- A group of city leaders is working to put Jacksonville on message and on the map for potential industry.

At a meeting of the city's recently revived Industrial Development Board, members met with Tim Garner, director of marketing and communications at Jacksonville State University, to discuss how to begin selling the city's most attractive attributes.

Garner said the city's biggest marketing tool is its website.

"It's got to be current every day," he said. "It's got to be owned by someone who takes care of that number one marketing piece, not some days, every day."

Garner walked the board members through the process JSU took when the institution undertook a complete rebranding, explaining the importance of strategic planning and consistency of message. He talked about appealing to both the head and heart, showing their target audience that they are a good fit with more abstract qualities, but also that the city has strong quantifiable benefits such as good schools and infrastructure.
 
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Auburn University makes Top 10 for online business graduate program
By The Huntsville Times 
on January 16, 2013

U.S. News and World report says Auburn University's online graduate business program is the seventh best in the nation, according to the magazine's annual ranking list.

 

Auburn's program was behind just six schools: Washington State University, Arizona State University (Carey), Indiana University--Bloomington (Kelley), University of Florida (Hough), Central Michigan University, California State University--Fullerton (Mihaylo) and Central Michigan University.

 

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Southern Parallel to reopen Albertville sawmill, could bring 130 jobs

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 

By Malarie Allen | mallen@sandmountainreporter.com 

 

The old Albertville sawmill, formerly Bowater Lumber, will soon reopen under a new company.

 

Rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of local city, economic, state and company leaders Wednesday afternoon when Southern Parallel Forest Products Corporation announced it will open the doors of the old sawmill in May.

 

"We are pleased to be announcing the May opening of the new Southern Parallel Sawmill operation," said Richard Glazier, company president. "We look forward to working and meeting vendors, customers and future employees in the weeks and months to come."

 

The privately owned forest products company is based in British Columbia, Canada and was incorporated in Dec. 2010. Citing a "pine beetle epidemic" and lack of a skilled workforce in Canada, Southern Parallel leaders decided to open operations in the states. Thanks to professional relationships with former Bowater executives and local economic developers, the company visited Albertville in Feb. 2011 and quickly knew it was the place they wanted to be.


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Mobile Area Chamber hosting 176th Annual Meeting, networking extravaganza Jan. 22
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on January 16, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - The state of Mobile's economy will take center stage Tuesday, Jan. 22 during the 176th Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at the Mobile Civic Center.

 

The evening's festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. and a networking extravaganza from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Presented by BankTrust, the meeting will include speeches and presentations by both outgoing 2012 board chairman Michael Pierce, chairman of Commonwealth National Bank, and incoming 2013 board chairman Michael Saxon, vice president of Alabama Power Co.'s Mobile division.

 

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Huntsville's Jetplex Industrial Park gains dental lab
By Martin Swant | mswant@al.com 
on January 15, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A full-service dental lab with around 60 employees at locations in Huntsville and Athens is expanding its operations to the Huntsville Jetplex Industrial Park.   


Barksdale Dental Lab has closed on a 10,500 square-foot building at JIP and plans to spend around $2.1 million on the project. Barksdale also plans to add 15 employees this year to its staff, and add another 10 in the subsequent two years, according to Betty Barksdale, who co-owns the company with her husband, Stephen.
 

At its monthly meeting Tuesday morning, the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority board of directors approved abating $120,000 in taxes on the project.

 

 Jim Gambill, vice president of Barksdale Labs, said the build-out will begin late-February or early March and should take about six months.

 

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