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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:
Macon County site in running for 5 projects, hundreds of jobs, official says
Lights, camera, Alabama: State sees increase in film production last year
Alabama Seafood Summit: Local industry's resurgence hinges on relationships, cooperation.
Speaking multiple languages becoming more important with time
Pelham seeking Terry Bradshaw's help to promote the city with televised video
Regions' CEO to shareholders: 'we began to play offense' in 2012
Anniston's Clear 2030 meeting reveals likes, dislikes about area

 


 

 

Macon County site in running for 5 projects, hundreds of jobs, official says
Written by Brad Harper
March 6, 2013

A Notasulga-area site already has drawn interest from at least five major industry projects representing tens of millions of dollars in investment and hundreds of new jobs, a Macon County official said one day after the site won a rare industry-ready certification from CSX Rail.

 

"With the hit the community has taken with VictoryLand closing, this is really important for us," said Joe Turnham of the Macon County Economic Development Authority. "And even if VictoryLand was open, we need to diversify our economy."

 

Turnham said potential projects include timber fiber processing, food processing, warehouse distribution and automotive manufacturing, with an initial investment that could range from $30 million to about $200 million.

He estimated potential job salaries at $40,000 to $60,000.

 

"These are jobs where you can send your kid to college," Turnham said.

 

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Lights, camera, Alabama: State sees increase in film production last year
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on March 05, 2013

 MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Filming activity for movies, television shows and other projects grew in Alabama last year, with production companies spending $33.5 million in the state.

That total, announced by the Alabama Film Office, is up from $22 million in 2011. It represents 31 projects, including feature films, documentaries, reality TV shows and commercials.

 

In 2009, the Alabama Legislature approved incentives for such projects, and during fiscal 2012, $10 million was allotted.

 

This year, activity is expected to grow again, as $15 million has been slated for projects. Other incentives include classes in camera operating, set construction and more offered by AIDT, Alabama's worker training agency.

 

Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said the productions created more than 3,000 jobs in the state last year.

 

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Alabama Seafood Summit: Local industry's resurgence hinges on relationships, cooperation
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on March 05, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Raise your hand if you knew any of the following:

  • Sysco Gulf Coast services more than 6,000 restaurants - two to three times per week, every week.
  • Whole Foods Market considers buying and selling local products a core belief and a key differentiator that's helped the company carve and maintain a fiercely loyal niche.
  • Mobile-based Wintzell's Oyster House, which now boasts 11 locations, will open its first restaurant north of the Mason-Dixon Line in Pittsburgh this June.

These and other juicy tidbits were among the conversations circulating Tuesday during the inaugural Alabama Seafood Summit at Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile, but the overriding message was much more direct.

 

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Speaking multiple languages becoming more important with time
 BY KYLE DENNAN / 
ON MARCH 5, 2013

It is vital to learn a language other than English, Koji Arizumi, director of The University of Alabama Critical Languages Center, said, and Americans are beginning to realize it.

 

"Twenty years ago, they didn't think 'we need another language.' They thought everyone should speak English, but it's not like that anymore," Arizumi said.

 

He said there are several reasons why, in a changing world, it is important for UA students to learn a foreign language, and each language addresses its own area of need.

 

"Each language has a specific purpose," he said. "Like Spanish - so many people speak Spanish here, so it's convenient. Chinese is more for business. Many of the ROTC people are taking Arabic."

 

Hillary Catlin, a senior majoring in speech-language pathology and minoring in Spanish, said she feels her language skills will help her in the future.

 

"I've made sure to mention it whenever I am looking for jobs," Catlin said. "I've put it on my resumé for grad school. It kind of supplements everything... it gives me a leg-up because it shows that I know things that are outside of myself."

 

Arizumi said the changing modern world requires students to adapt.

 

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Pelham seeking Terry Bradshaw's help to promote the city with televised video
By Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com 
on March 05, 2013 

PELHAM, Alabama -- Former NFL star Terry Bradshaw is going to throw his back into promoting Pelham.


Pelham city leaders want to use the firm that creates a video segment called Communities of Distinction featuring Bradshaw as host that will market the Shelby County community on a regional and national level to attract businesses and residents.

 

City Council members on Monday night unanimously approved pursuing an agreement with Communities of Distinction for creating the five-minute video that will air on Fox Business Network and various Fox and ABC stations.

 

The council action calls for Pelham paying the company $24,800 to provide a scriptwriting team and other work for creating the promotional video segment.

 

[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Regions' CEO to shareholders: 'we began to play offense' in 2012
By Alex Walsh | awalsh@al.com 
on March 05, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In an accompaniment to his company's annual report, Regions Financial Corp. CEO Grayson Hall told shareholders to expect better days ahead, particularly when compared to recent years. 

Hall called 2012 a "transformative" year for the Birmingham-based company. "To use a sports analogy, after being forced to play defense for some time now, 2012 was the year when we began to play offense," he said.

Broadly, Regions' balance sheet is improved, and the bank has room to lend. The dollar value of Regions' non-performing assets is still large at $1.9 billion, but that total is down 36 percent over the past year, and now stands at its lowest point in four years, Hall said. And Regions' loan-to-deposit ratio is lower than its peers.

But banking conditions are still not quite ideal, Hall warned. Despite positive signs in housing, projections for overall economic growth offer limited encouragement. "This means we could still face challenges in finding demand for credit from consumers and businesses," Hall said.

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Anniston's Clear 2030 meeting reveals likes, dislikes about area 
By William Thornton | wthornton@al.com 
Published: Wednesday, March 06, 2013

ANNISTON, Alabama --- Organizers of a regional planning meeting in Calhoun County last night say they were pleased with the results after residents and civic leaders offered suggestions for improving the area.

 

Clear 2030, a project of the East Alabama Partnership for Livable Communities, a non-profit group, is putting together a livability plan for 10 counties in East Alabama. Part of putting together the plan is talking to people in the counties - Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Etowah, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa.

 

Clear stands for Community Livability for the East Alabama Region, while 2030 is the target year for the plan, which hopes to improve quality of life for the region through more cooperation between the counties and their communities.

 

Tuesday night's meeting at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is the first of two this week. The second will take place in Cherokee County Thursday in Centre at 6 p.m. at the Gadsden State Community College Cherokee campus. Other meetings have already taken place in Talladega and Etowah counties.

 
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