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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:
Birmingham's Hoar Program Management wins Airbus contract
New Honda vehicle at Lincoln plant could stimulate local suppliers
13 teams chosen for Alabama startup competition
EDA develops long-term plans
First generation college-bound students get incentive, help with new AT&T program
In search of Eden.
Trade Education Tour to Feature Secretary Canfield
Executive Director Economic Development Association of Alabama






Birmingham's Hoar Program Management wins Airbus contract
By Stan Diel | sdiel@al.com 

on February 01, 2013 


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management has won the contract to manage design and construction of the $600 million aircraft assembly plant Airbus Americas Inc.plans to build in Mobile, Airbus announced today.


The plant, which will employ about 1,000 people, will produce Airbus' A319, A320 and A321 single-aisle jetliners in Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex.


Construction is expected to begin this summer, and assembly of aircraft is expected to begin in 2015. The first deliveries are expected to be made in 2016. The plant will make 40 to 50 aircraft a year, Airbus said.


Hoar, which Airbus said came out on top after a "vigorous competitive process," will manage all aspects of design and construction, including contracting with design and construction service providers.















New Honda vehicle at Lincoln plant could stimulate local suppliers
Feb 03, 2013 
By Patrick McCreless|pmccreless@annistonstar.com

Area automotive suppliers could see a boost in business once the Honda manufacturing plant in Lincoln adds a fourth vehicle to its production line this year.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, or HMA, has for nearly a year been expanding its facility to incorporate the production of the 2014 Acura MDX luxury sports utility vehicle in the coming months. The project has already created hundreds of jobs at the plant, and some automotive industry experts say the need for parts for the vehicle could eventually create more business and possibly jobs for surrounding auto suppliers.

If that turns out to be true, Honda's not speculating on it. The company, which has yet to set a specific date for when production of the Acura MDX will begin this year, cannot currently discuss its supply plans for the new vehicle, HMA spokesman Mark Morrison wrote in an email to The Star.

"This is common as automakers try to keep information about a new model confidential until it is close to mass production or its on-sale date," Morrison wrote.






13 teams chosen for Alabama startup competition
By Martin Swant | mswant@al.com 
on February 01, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A trucking software consultancy and a firm that makes custom software will be representing Huntsville in the 2013 Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition.


The competition, sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, was previously only for university groups. This year, it's open more broadly to "pre-seed" teams. A total of 22 teams registered, but only 13 will go on to compete for $100,000. Teams will present pitches to a panel of judges on March 4 and those who advance will give final pitches May 3.


One team, eTruckBiz, plans to use online software and business coaching to reduce paperwork and ease regulatory filing for small trucking companies. The other, Zenoware, offers a suite of software products.


Other companies in the competition hail from Birmingham, Mobile, Auburn and Tuscaloosa. Proposed products range from smartphone apps to nanotechnology for chemical manufacturers to healthcare IT products.












EDA develops long-term plans
 By Virginia Spears 
February 2, 2013

The Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, along with the help of multiple community members, is working to develop a long-term plan to develop the Lake Martin region.


According to EDA Director Don McClellan, the last strategic plan developed for the area was completed in 2000.

"This time we're partnering with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, and they are helping us facilitate this planning process," McClellan said.


McClellan said EDA members and other involved small business owners, government officials and citizens comprise three committees: recruitment, retention and renewal.


Each committee met Thursday with the EDPA and discussed various short-term and long-term goals for each group. Sandra Fuller with the EDA said each group will be meeting every two weeks with the entire group gathering once a month.




[Alexander City Outlook]











First generation college-bound students get incentive, help with new AT&T program
By Joseph D. Bryant | jbryant@al.com 
on February 01, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- First generation college-bound students from Birmingham are getting an extra incentive and financial help from a major downtown corporation.


AT&T this afternoon, along with Birmingham Mayor William Bell, announced the company's $50,000 donation to create a new scholarship program awarding 10 students $5,000 each.


The company's initiative is in conjunction with Birmingham's year-long 50th anniversary observation of 1963 civil rights activities here.


"What better way to mark this important anniversary than giving scholarships to our youth," AT&T President Fred McCallum said in a joint statement with Bell. "That is why we are so proud to sponsor the AT&T 50th anniversary civil rights scholarships for the young people of Birmingham."
















In search of Eden
By Michele Gerlach

February 2, 2013 


Andalusia is one of the best small cities in America, according to a retired high school geography and civics teacher who spent more than 50 years researching his list.


Charles Anderson, 73, used a number of factors to rate his small cities, each of which he personally visited. He was looking for progressive communities that were aesthetically pleasing, had a moderate climate, and their own identity. He also looked for accessibility to other cities; good local health care, schools, employment and the cost of living. Entertainment opportunities, the state in which the city is located, and personal safety factors also were used to whittle his list.


In Alabama, he found two small cities which made the In Search of Eden list: Andalusia, (No. 49), and Fairhope, (No. 60). Andalusia got the edge, he said, because the cost of living is much more reasonable. 


[Andalusia Star News]








Trade Education Tour to Feature Secretary Canfield


Keynote Speaker;  Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce

Feb 7, 2013  9:00 am registration

 9:30 am  program begins

Alabama Robotics Technology Park

6506 U.S. Highway 31

Tanner, AL 35761

No cost to attend but registration is requested to Beau Lore   email:  beau.lore@commerce.alabama.gov or call 334-242-0450


Accelerating Alabama, the state's economic development plan, will be highlighted by Secretary Canfield with specific information on how exports create jobs for the state.  Attendees will gain knowledge of the resources available to assist in doing business overseas which will in turn help grow jobs right here in Alabama.  A tour of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park will be optional for participants at the end of the program.


Who should attend:  community leaders, elected officials, economic developers, and companies interested in expanding their business through international trade.















Executive Director

Economic Development Association of Alabama: Position Description  


The Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) is a membership-based organization focused on promoting economic growth in Alabama. With members throughout the state, EDAA provides quality professional development opportunities to approximately 500 members. The association also engages in governmental affairs activities. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of the association with the direction of the Board Chair. The position directs member and investor efforts to achieve the mission to educate, network and positively impact economic development in Alabama. 


Job Description:

Manage the overall operations, finance, and activities of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA), under the general direction of the President and the Board of Directors.


  • Investor Relations:

Meet regularly with members across the State to understand opportunities and challenges, in order for EDAA to better serve the membership. Identify, recruit and maintain investors and sponsors for the organization. Work closely with investors to assure their continued realization of benefit from EDAA. Promote the mission of EDAA in key venues throughout the State to encourage awareness of economic development and the EDAA programs and initiatives.      


  • Education:

Direct and implement an agenda which will ensure the EDAA membership has access to the best and latest information and resources on economic development practices, including professional development for the full time economic developers and educational opportunities for volunteers and elected officials. 


  • Resource Development:

Develop and maintain recruitment tools, including but not limited to State and federal legislative efforts. Work in conjunction with national, State and regional organizations to develop and identify tools and resources that will provide an advantage for the economic development effort in Alabama.  



  • The successful candidate must be a fully seasoned professional, with knowledge of economic development concepts.  Proven leadership skills with successful management experience.  A minimum of five years' experience in an association, chamber of commerce, or economic development environment is required.
  • Bachelor's degree required. CEcD a plus.
  • Must be a creative problem-solver with the ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Must have a strong knowledge of research techniques and national and state data sources.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective listening. 
  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office and other business related computer operations required.  Experience with web design/development and social media preferred.
  • Proven team player with strong organizational skills, enthusiastic attitude and leadership ability and ability to make sound judgment calls/decisions.


Compensation is negotiable based upon experience.  Qualified candidates please send a letter of introduction and a resume (electronic submissions only) attention to: Jeremy Nails, Chairman of the EDAA Search Committee at search.chair@edaa.org.  All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.  Deadline is close of business Friday, March 1, 2013. 









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