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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:
EDPA and UAH receive $1.5M grant
Mercedes-Benz plans another expansion at its Alabama auto plant
AlphaPET expansion will create 75 jobs
State Senator prods local leaders about economic development
Honda's Alabama plant readies for big week in the Big Apple, with two new model debuts
Airbus announces first hire for Mobile aircraft assembly plant
Cyber security: City plans $20M training center: ASU, AUM, Troy, Maxwell AFB would pool their resources
Troy University to host to free summit for small businesses on March 27 in DothanTroy University to host to free summit for small businesses on March 27 in Dothan
AIDT Maritime Training Center readies workers for jobs in Alabama shipyards

 


 

EDPA and UAH receive $1.5M grant
Yann Ranaivo
Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Mar 21, 2013

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and the University of Alabama in Huntsville have received a $1.5 million grant to support ongoing economic recovery in the state's 67 counties.

 

The EDPA, a Birmingham-based nonprofit geared toward attracting and retaining industry in Alabama, announced today that the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

 

With the grant, EDPA and UAH plan to work with private partners to help communities diversify their economies and develop plans to reduce the impact of disasters such as the 2010 BP oil spill or 2011 tornado outbreak, according to a release.

 

A 2010 EDPA grant went toward work in the eight counties affected by the oil spill, and the new funding plans to make the tools used during the oil spill project available to the remaining 59 counties, the release said.

 

"We are delighted to receive this grant, which will further enhance the methods and tools that have been developed and are applicable to any community seeking to diversify their economic and expedite recovery from the impact of a disaster," said EDPA Vice President Angela Wier.

 

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

Mercedes-Benz plans another expansion at its Alabama auto plant
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on March 22, 2013

 

Mercedes-Benz plans to build a parts consolidation center at its Tuscaloosa County auto assembly plant, a $70 million investment, project documents show.

 

The warehouse will have 500 jobs.

 

The move is the latest in a series of expansions for the German automaker and its 3,000-worker plant in Vance, which is preparing to add two new models to its assembly lines in the next few years.

 

The C-Class sedan will arrive next year. A fifth model, a new SUV, is scheduled to go into production there by 2015. The company also is expanding capacity of the Alabama operations.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

 




AlphaPET expansion will create 75 jobs
By Ben Montgomery
The Decatur Daily
 3/22/13

The Decatur AlphaPET facility will add $190 million in a new building and machinery to its Decatur facility, creating about 75 new jobs.

 

The expansion plans became public this morning when the company requested tax abatements for the project from the Decatur Industrial Development Board, which met to consider the request at Turner-Surles Community Center.

Work on the expansion is expected to start by March 2014. The expansion is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2016.

 

The board approved $2.5 million in tax abatements.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley is making an economic development announcement in Decatur later this morning, and it is likely the AlphaPET expansion.

 

The Decatur AlphaPET plant manufactures materials used in plastic beverage containers. It has about 120 employees and produces about 1 billion pounds of product a year. A company representative said this week the company was debating between expanding the Decatur facility or another plant in Spartanburg, S.C. AlphaPET is owned by Thailand-based Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd.



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[Decatur Daily]

 

 

 


 

 

State Senator prods local leaders about economic development
By Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
March 21, 2013

Cleburne County is the last frontier of undeveloped property between Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama State Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, told local leaders.

The county has potential and the economy is starting to get better, Dial said, but local officials have work to do.

"As economic development begins to take place," Dial told the members of the Heflin Industrial Board and other local leaders. "those communities that are ready are going to get the economic growth. ...I hate to tell you this, but you're not as ready as you should be in Cleburne County."

The board is charged with developing the city's 212 acre plot off Interstate 20. However, the members, many who are new to their positions, decided at their last meeting they needed some instruction on economic development.

The members invited Dial to talk to them about what resources might be available to them in their mission.

They met at the Heflin Fire Department Monday evening after storms had knocked out power to many in the county. The department has a generator on site that allowed the presentation to go on as scheduled

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Honda's Alabama plant readies for big week in the Big Apple, with two new model debuts
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on March 22, 2013

LINCOLN, Alabama -- Two new models built by Honda's Alabama workers will debut next week at the New York International Auto Show.

First, there's the production version of the redesigned 2014 Acura MDX SUV, a new vehicle for the Japanese automaker's Talladega County plant and the first state-made model for Honda's luxury division.

 

Honda also will take the wraps off the updated 2014 Odyssey, the bread and butter of the 4,000-worker plant in Lincoln. The minivan accounts for a little more than half of the plant's output.

 

While there's a lot riding on the success of both models, the MDX has had a significant effect on Honda's Alabama operations lately. Advanced electronics and other features of the SUV prompted considerable investment in the plant's production line, quality assurance and vehicle testing operations.

 

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[al.com]

 


 

Airbus announces first hire for Mobile aircraft assembly plant
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on March 21, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus Americas has filled its first position for Mobile's $600 million final aircraft assembly plant with a local hire.

 

Jennifer Ogle has been named director of human resources for the facility that will become the Toulouse, France-based planemaker's first such assembly plant on U.S. soil. Groundbreaking is slated for April 8 and, once completed, the Brookley Aeroplex facility will focus exclusively on the production of single-aisle, A320 family aircraft.

 

Ogle, 49, joins Airbus from Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics in Theodore, where she has been the human resources director since July 2011. She joins Airbus officially on April 15 and will report to Linda Herbert, Airbus Americas' vice president for human resources.

 

Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Ogle earned her bachelor's degree in human ecology from the University of Tennessee and received her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources in 2000. She and her family reside in Fairhope, and she has lived in the Mobile area for 13 years.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


   

Cyber security: City plans $20M training center: ASU, AUM, Troy, Maxwell AFB would pool their resources
Written by Brad Harper
March 21, 2013

The city of Montgomery is planning a new $20 million, cyber security education center that would unite instruction from Alabama State University, Auburn Montgomery and Troy University under one roof - and they may have help from the Air Force.

 

Organizers have submitted a proposal to the state Legislature outlining plans for the state-of-the-art facility that could be used by businesses, governments and others for data security training, degree programs and certification. It would include public meeting space as well as dedicated instruction areas for each of the participating universities.

 

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said that bringing all of the entities together would create a "critical mass" of students while also giving the city a chance to offer certification programs that aren't currently available.

 

"We can bring new market tax credits to the equation, both federal and state," Strange said. "We can provide the property to do that."

 

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[Montgomery Advertiser]



 

 



 


   

Troy University to host to free summit for small businesses on March 27 in Dothan
By Ed Enoch | eenoch@al.com 
on March 21, 2013

DOTHAN, Alabama - Troy University is hosting a free summit March 27 in Dothan to help small businesses in South Alabama learn about area funding resources.

 

The Southeast Alabama Business Funding Resources and Assistance Summit, organized by the Small Business Development Center at Troy and the Center for International Business and Economic Development, is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. March 27 at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 102 Jamestown Blvd., according to a release from the university. The chamber is a co-sponsor of the event.

 

The event will be attended by representatives of Celtic Bank, Community Enterprise Investments Inc., the U.S. Small Business Administration, Southeast Regional Planning Commission, BB&T, Servis First Bank and the Southern Development Council.

 

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[al.com]



 

 



 


   

AIDT Maritime Training Center readies workers for jobs in Alabama shipyards

MOBILE, Alabama - An eight-week welding course at the AIDT Maritime Training Centergave Rodney Patrick a future he didn't expect - a career in shipbuilding.

 

Around three years ago, the Mobile County man was working as an investigator for a law firm when the economic downturn put him on the job-search trail. A friend suggested the AIDT Maritime Training Center program and mentioned opportunities at the Austal USA shipyard. He dismissed the idea at first.

 

"I had never been in a shipyard before, and I didn't know a thing about shipbuilding," he said. "I didn't even know what a welding machine looked like."

 

When nothing else emerged, Patrick decided to give AIDT a try. He enrolled in a free welding course at the Maritime Training Center, a $12 million facility established in 2007 by the State of Alabama to provide workers with the skills and qualifications needed for an expanding shipbuilding industry. Austal and other maritime companies in the Mobile area have been on a hiring binge and continue to add hundreds of jobs today.

 

Along with AIDT's Robotics Technology Park near Decatur, which prepares workers for careers in advanced manufacturing settings, the AIDT Maritime Training Center was meant to transform the state's workforce development efforts into a streamlined job-training and recruitment tool.

 

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[madeinalabama.com]




 

 






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