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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:
Orr named EDAA Legislator of the Year
Ingalls Shipbuilding job fair attracts thousands in Prichard
Birmingham's B.L. Harbert to construct $70 million Mercedes-Benz addition
FLW Tour has $2M impact on county
Terri Sewell comes home to the Black Belt to help the jobless; Program focuses on career development
Birmingham tech firms make strong showing at trade show

 


 

Orr named EDAA Legislator of the Year
 Staff Reports
 Monday, March 25, 2013 

 

The Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) honored State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, as its Legislator of the Year at their annual legislative appreciation luncheon in Montgomery on March 19.

 

"EDAA presents this award annually to a legislator who has aided the economic development community in its mission to grow the economy of Alabama through job creation and capital investment," said Valerie Gray, current EDAA Board President. "To remain competitive we must work closely with the legislature to evaluate and improve our economic development incentives."

 

Jeremy Nails, president of the Morgan County Economic Development Association, presented the award to Orr and praised his "active participation in recruiting projects and recent efforts in sponsoring and successfully passing new legislation to make Alabama more competitive."

 

"I am honored to be named EDAA's Legislator of the Year," Orr said. "I would also like to recognize and thank Governor Bentley, the other members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the Department of Commerce for working together towards the common goal of creating new jobs for the citizens of Alabama."

 

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[Hartselle Enquirer]

 


 

 


 

 

Ingalls Shipbuilding job fair attracts thousands in Prichard
 By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on March 22, 2013  

PRICHARD, Alabama - An Ingalls shipbuilding job fair in Prichard packed the Sunlight District Auditorium Friday night, offering seemingly equal parts recruitment and inspiration.

 

"Whatever you ask for, act on it," shouted Rev. Cleveland McFarland Jr., one of the event's organizers, as eager job seekers flowed through the auditorium's double doors.

 

With traffic backed up for miles in all directions and what appeared to be thousands of potential job applicants lining the neighborhood's streets, any doubts a Friday night job fair would attract a healthy crowd were obliterated before the doors ever opened.

 

"We had a group of about 25 here, already waiting, at 5 a.m.," said Bobby Cunningham, pastor of the Greater Praise Deliverance Temple in Whistler.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Birmingham's B.L. Harbert to construct $70 million Mercedes-Benz addition
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on March 22, 2013

Birmingham-based contractor B.L. Harbert International will build the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz auto plant in Tuscaloosa County.

Site preparation has begun for the $70 million, 915,000-square-foot parts consolidation center, which is expected to employ 500 people.

 

Construction is expected to begin in April and be complete early next year.

 

Mercedes has not finalized plans for how the facility will operate, and the company may hire another firm to run it and fill those jobs, said Felyicia Jerald, a spokeswoman for the auto plant.

 

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[al.com]


 



 

 

 


 

FLW Tour has $2M impact on county
by James Phillips
March 24, 2013
 
The recent FLW Tour event on Smith Lake had a $2.1 million impact on the local economy, according to numbers released by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

"The FLW could hold a tournament anywhere in the country," Chamber President Linda Lewis said. "They chose Walker County, and that decision had a huge economic impact for our area."

Almost 500 anglers and FLW officials were in the area for a week. Lewis said that number does not include anglers' family members, press, special guests or spectators.

Lodging by anglers provided a large economic boost, Lewis said. All available hotel rooms in the area were occupied at an average nightly price of $105. Total room nights were estimated at 2,862, which would provide an impact of $300,510. Lewis said many other anglers rented homes for lodging.
 

Numbers provided by the chamber show food, beverage, gas and oil totals are estimated at $288,790. Miscellaneous expenses, for items such as shopping, entertainment, tackle and fishing licenses, are estimated at $429,300.

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[Daily Mountain Eagle]
 

 

 


 

 

Terri Sewell comes home to the Black Belt to help the jobless Program focuses on career development
By Alvin Benn
Mar 22, 2013 

SELMA - U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, returned to her hometown Friday to introduce a program she hopes will lower high unemployment rates in Dallas and surrounding Black Belt counties.

 

Project R.E.A.D.Y stands for "Realizing Everyone's Ability to Development Yourself" and focuses primarily on young people who Sewell said need all the help they can get in landing a job.

 

"The No. 1 issue in the 7th District is unemployment and the need for jobs," said Sewell, as she prepared to start the program at Wallace Community College on Friday morning. "People want to work. They just need an opportunity."

 

Career development workshops were held at the Hank Sanders Technology Center and the topic was "Getting Hired."

 

Part of the event touched on how to prepare for a job interview. It included getting a good night's rest, being on time, dressing properly, smiling and refraining from complaining "about anything."

 

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[Montgomery Advertiser]

 


 

 

 


 

Birmingham tech firms make strong showing at trade show
Yann Ranaivo Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Mar 22, 2013

Birmingham companies with more 1,000 employees made a strong appearance during a major trade show for health information technology in New Orleans last week, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance.

 

The BBA said Health Information Systems Society's annual conference, attended by 40,000 health care leaders, gave the local companies an opportunity show case their groundbreaking developments. A BBA release said a "large contingent" of the city's health information technology companies, leaders and advocates were in New Orleans for the event.

 

Companies that attended the event included PointClear Solutions, MedSnap, Proventix Systems, Inc., MedSeek and SuccessEHS.

 


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