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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:
$2.5 million aviation training center coming to Fairhope airport
Carpenter: 'We're in a talent war'
Business as usual: Calhoun County chamber teaming with area counterpart
ASU launches adult degree program
Georgia company to turn catfish pond algae into plastic, creating 40 jobs in Dallas County
Alabama bets $300,000 on fusion power research in Huntsville

 


 

 

$2.5 million aviation training center coming to Fairhope airport
By Marc D. Anderson | manderson@al.com 
on February 22, 2013 

FAIRHOPE, Alabama -- By the time Airbus starts pushing out airplanes in Mobile in coming years, Baldwin County students and adults will have an opportunity to be well prepared for a future in aviation thanks to a planned $2.5 million training center at the H.L. "Sonny" Callahan Airport.

 

City, state and county officials gathered in Continental Motors' hangar at Fairhope's municipal airport Friday to announce and celebrate a partnership between Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State, the Fairhope Airport Authority and the Baldwin County Board of Education that will open the door for preparatory and college students to pursue aviation careers at a new 15,000-square-foot-facility beginning in January.

 

"We're proud to be one of the college partners here," said Nancy Chandler, president of Enterprise State. "But, most importantly, we realize that we have to partner with our businesses and industry. We cannot stand separate and apart from economic development. We all must join hands because together we are much better and much stronger than we would be separately."

 

 

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Carpenter: 'We're in a talent war'
By Ben Montgomery
The Decatur Daily
  2/25/13 

TANNER - Pennsylvania-based Carpenter Technology is in the process of hiring for its metal alloy manufacturing plant in Limestone County.

 

Jim America, of Carpenter's human resources division, spoke to The Decatur Daily about what companies look for in workers, what education he recommends for young people and if there is any hope for people looking for a career change.

 

Question: What job types are particularly strong at Carpenter now? What education would you recommend for someone who will be entering the workforce in a few years?

 

Answer: Hiring in technical related fields, jobs like engineers, are at a premium. With a degree like engineering, someone could walk into Carpenter and many other companies in Decatur and be eligible for a job. We're in a talent war.

 

There are strong jobs in skill trades and skill crafts. An electrical background with two years in college in a field like industrial electronics can land people in highly skilled and relatively good-paying jobs.

 

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Business as usual: Calhoun County chamber teaming with area counterparts
By Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
Feb 24, 2013

Pooling the resources of several chambers of commerce in northeast Alabama is expected to improve tourism, marketing and economic development throughout the region, officials with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce say.

The Calhoun chamber recently began the year-long collaboration, called Connecting our Greater Communities, with 11 of its counterparts in the surrounding counties.

The Calhoun chamber kicked off the event Feb. 1 at a gala it hosted for area chambers at the Speed Channel Dome at Talladega Superspeedway.

"We're excited to work with the other chambers," said Julia Segars, chairman of the Calhoun chamber. "We want to roll up our sleeves and want this to be an inclusive process."

Segars said the idea behind the initiative is for the chambers to work together for mutual benefit.


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ASU launches adult degree program
By Lucy Berry
The Decatur Daily
2/25/13 |

ATHENS - For Scottsboro Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Jefferson Pendergrass, taking traditional college courses at Athens State University is not an option.

 

"I'm on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," he said. "It's a process that never stops, so it would be very difficult to be in class. It's just not practical."

 

Pendergrass, 41, works full-time for Scottsboro's water, sewer and gas board and has spent more than 20 years in the water treatment industry. He visits Athens State's campus only once a semester and completes the majority of his coursework online from home.

 

Pendergrass, a liberal studies major with a minor in business administration, is among 66 students enrolled in Athens State's new adult degree program, which launched in January to reduce barriers for older students who are working to obtain a college degree.

 

"The program makes use of any classes students already have under their belt no matter which major they choose," he said. "It's very encouraging since it's kind of like a support group because everybody in the program is in a similar circumstance and a similar age."

 
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Georgia company to turn catfish pond algae into plastic, creating 40 jobs in Dallas County
 By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on February 22, 2013 

SELMA, Alabama -- A Georgia company plans to use western Dallas County's catfish farms to supply the raw material in a new technology that creates bio-plastic resin from algae.
 

The project -- announced today by Athens, Ga.-based Algix LLC, the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority and Team Selma -- will breathe new life into the former Gold Kist site on U.S. Highway 80 West, in the Browns community.

 

Algix plans to invest $550,000 at the site, where it will employ 40 people at full operation.

 

Wayne Vardaman, the EDA's executive director, said the "clean tech" operation will help catfish farmers, too.

 

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Alabama bets $300,000 on fusion power research in Huntsville
 By Lee Roop | lroop@al.com 
on February 22, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- It's a "fusion pulse power generator" by definition, but you can call it "Charger 1" -- the name given by the University of Alabama in Huntsville researchers who believe it could lead to spaceships capable of traveling to Mars in weeks, not months. 

Government, academic and business leaders gathered Friday at Redstone Arsenal to unveil the device that resembles a cement truck's mixer with a million wires and switches attached.

 The device was funded by $300,000 from the the Alabama Innovation Fund established by the Legislature at the urging of Gov. Robert Bentley.

 

 The governor was in Huntsville Friday for the ceremony and said he believes Charger 1 "could revolutionize space travel and, over time, this will help support the economy and the jobs here in Huntsville."

 

 

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