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In this issue:
Valley could get 4,000 jobs
Decatur's $1.3 billion deal could bring metro employment near all-time high
Huntsville has capabilities to win bid for multi-million-dollar 'smart' manufacturing cente
Timeline takes shape as groundbreaking looms for Airbus assembly plant in Mobile
Last-minute Mobile City Council vote asks for $175,000 to develop Airbus construction offices, incubator
Career-tech increasing in popularity

 


 

Valley could get 4,000 jobs 

By Tiffeny Owens

The Decatur Daily 

2/26/13 

 

For years, Decatur's potential sales tax revenue has driven across the Tennessee River and out of the city to Huntsville and Madison.

 

A proposed $1.3 billion commercial development on Alabama 20 could change that, not only keeping Decatur shoppers in town but drawing Huntsville and Madison residents to a sprawling 1.35-million-square-foot project in Decatur-annexed Limestone County, north of the river.

 

On Monday, the Decatur City Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Don Kyle to negotiate a non-binding agreement with a developer and to bring back a plan to the council by March 11 for final approval. The development could employ as many as 4,000 people, according to the city's resolution.

 

"With a development of this size, it could be a destination as a shopping place for the region," Kyle said Monday via cellphone from New York City. Kyle did not attend the special council meeting because he was out of town assisting Decatur Utilities refinance its bonds.

 

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Decatur's $1.3 billion deal could bring metro employment near all-time high
By Alex Walsh | awalsh@al.com 
on February 26, 2013

 Decatur city leaders are working to land an economic development deal that could push the metro area's total employment figure toward a new all-time high.

The Decatur metro area ended 2012 with 55,000 nonfarm jobs, according to the latest estimate from the Alabama Department of Labor. That total was up about 1.2 percent from the end of 2011, but down significantly from the economy's pre-recession peak of 59,600 jobs, which was itself just 100 jobs shy of an all-time high.

The deal currently being negotiated by the city is said to bring with it 4,000 jobs. It's not yet clear how quickly those jobs would be created, but adding 4,000 to the area's current employment total of 55,000 would push it almost all the way back to what it was before the recession, just 600 jobs shy of that mark.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Huntsville has capabilities to win bid for multi-million-dollar 'smart' manufacturing center
By Martin Swant | mswant@al.com 
on February 25, 2013 

During a meeting Monday at theChamber of Commerce of Huntsville-Madison County, dozens of business, academic, government and nonprofit leaders from several Southeastern states began preliminary conversation of how they might utilize the harness the region's capabilities to further innovation, education and economic development.
 

The entire U.S. initiative is known as the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, was proposed by President Barack Obama and organized by the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) at the National Institute of Science and Technology.

 

 The $1 billion plan is to create 15 centers across the country where states, cities, companies and colleges can collaborate to apply new technologies in ways that improve U.S. manufacturing and innovation.  

 

Earlier this month during his State of the Union address, Obama noted that the plan would increase the United States' competitiveness and create jobs. That same week, he began promoting those plans with a multi-city tour. The first step would be creating three more centers this year to join the pilot center created last year in Youngstown, Ohio.


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Timeline takes shape as groundbreaking looms for Airbus assembly plant in Mobile
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on February 25, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus' timeline for its final assembly plant at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex is quickly coming into sharper focus with less than two months until the scheduled groundbreaking for the $600 million project.

 

The breakdown, which appears in the March issue of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's "The Business View," stems from a presentation Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor made to the chamber's board of directors and board of advisors while visiting Mobile in November 2012.

 

During that same visit, McArtor told the al.com Mobile will become the "epicenter of commercial activity" for the planemaker's North American operations once the facility is operational in 2015 and the first planes delivered in 2016.

 

"Once finished, the new A320 assembly facility will be the most modern and technologically advanced in Airbus' global assembly network," McArtor said.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Last-minute Mobile City Council vote asks for $175,000 to develop Airbus construction offices, incubator 
By John Sharp | jsharp@al.com 
on February 25, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - A last-minute request from the city's administration could have taxpayers assisting in the development of office space at Brookley Aeroplex for Airbus during the construction of its $600 million final assembly plant.

 

The Mobile City Council will vote tomorrow on a development agreement with the Mobile Airport Authority authorizing them to spend $175,000 to renovate the unused first floor portion of a building that will soon be occupied by an Airbus supplier,Labinal Engineering Inc., a subsidiary of France-based Safran Engineering Services.

 

While construction representatives for Airbus will occupy the 3,500-square-foot space for more than three years, City Attorney Larry Wettermark said there is a possibility it could be utilized in the future as an economic incubator for small, fledgling aerospace companies that need a facility to develop their business.

 

"It's exactly the kind of investment on the part of the city that will create jobs and help expand the aerospace core at Brookley," Wettermark said today. "That's what our mission is."

 

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[al.com]


 

 

 

  

 


 

Career-tech increasing in popularity
Students gain high tech skills offered in class
By Bayne Hughes
The Decatur Daily
2/25/13 

East Limestone High's one available computer class didn't satisfy student Matthew Pittenger's desire for more.

He needed a place to learn programming, networking and as much computer-related information as possible. He found that place at the Limestone County Career-Tech Center.

 

Attending a career-tech school is increasingly more popular than its predecessor - the traditional trade school - as technology becomes more sophisticated.

 

"I think the pendulum has swung back in favor of career-tech," Morgan County Career-Tech Director Chris Blevins said.

 

Blevins said parents' and students' attitudes toward career-tech are changing as they realize it's a path toward a successful, well-paying career.

 

Mickey Glass, Limestone Career-Tech Center director, said more students with college aspirations are taking career-tech.

 

"They don't think it's just an option if you don't plan to attend college," Glass said.

 

[Decatur Daily]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  




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