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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:
Dale commission approved resolution ahead of now-cancelled 'major' announcement
Dunlap honored by Economic Development Association of Alabama
Robotics boosts Oxford students' interest in science and math
Alabama has growing business, education ties with Turkey
Tax credits for school choice OK'd Bentley ready to sign bill




Dale commission approved resolution ahead of now-cancelled 'major' announcement

by Ebony Horton

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013


OZARK-Ahead of the now-cancelled "major" economic announcement which had been scheduled for Friday in Dothan, the Dale County Commission approved a resolution Thursday to exempt the county's 2-percent sales tax for parts, components and systems used for certain aircraft maintenance in the state.


The resolution complements one passed in the Alabama Legislature last year that waives the 4-percent state sales tax for such items in an effort to boost aircraft maintenance firms in the state that perform maintenance or renovations on commercial and military planes and helicopters.


Both Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz and Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker attended the meeting in Ozark on Thursday.


A major economic develop announcement was to be made at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Dothan Civic Center. That announcement was cancelled as of 3 p.m. on Thursday. While details of the announcement were not released early Thursday, the news was expected to deal with a new employer at the Dothan Regional Airport after the loss of Pemco World Air Services last year. The airport is in Dothan city limits, but is also in Dale County.


[Dothan Eagle]

























Dunlap honored by Economic Development Association of Alabama

Rachel Morand / Editor | 

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Since becoming the City of Auburn's first Economic Development Director in 1984, Phillip Dunlap has played a key role in Auburn's growth and has helped bring approximately 5,000 jobs to the area.


For his dedication and hard work, Dunlap recently received the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service in Economic Development. It was presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce at the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) Winter Conference in Montgomery.


Although it is a prestigious honor, Dunlap admitted that he was initially reluctant to accept it.

"When I got the call I said, 'You've got to find somebody better to take this award,'" Dunlap said. "I always think economic development is a team sport."




[Auburn Villager]

























Robotics boosts Oxford students' interest in science and math
by Eddie Burkhalter
Mar 01, 2013 

OXFORD- Oxford's schools are taking a mechanical approach to promoting courses that have suffered from lagging student enrollment.

The district is using robotics to boost interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

That's good news, said Elizabeth French, director of institutional effectiveness and planning at the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

French believes robotics programs like the one at Oxford schools only stand to increase the number of students enrolling in STEM courses, as the quartet of subjects is known.

"Any robotics program is going to have a high level of science and math combined," French said, and that means more students will be required to use the higher thinking skills required in STEM courses.


[Anniston Star]




























Alabama has growing business, education ties with Turkey
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com  
on February 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM
MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama business recruiters met Wednesday in Montgomery with a delegation of officials from Turkey, the latest in a series of growing ties between the state and the country.
Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, and his staff met with Veysel Yurdakul, governor of the Bitlis province in Turkey, and those traveling with him, following the Third Annual Turkish American Day at the Alabama Capitol. 


The event included Turkish musical performances, cultural exhibits and food.


Turkey's economy is defined as an emerging market, and it is largely developed. The country is among the world's leading producers of agricultural products, textiles, vehicles, ships, construction materials, consumer electronics and household appliances, according to the Commerce Department.
































Tax credits for school choice OK'd Bentley ready to sign bill; says surprise move was kept quiet to avoid opposition
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 

MONTGOMERY | Republican legislators on Thursday expanded a routine education bill to include tax credits for parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools, prompting the state school superintendent to withdraw his support and a teachers' group to assail it as "totally anti-public education."


The revised version cleared the House and Senate, with Republicans voting for it and Democrats opposing it in an unusually heated debate. State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice dropped his support, but Republican Gov. Robert Bentley said he would sign it into law.


"I truly believe it is the most significant piece of legislation that's been passed in this Legislature in years," the governor said.
















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