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In this issue:
Ala. joins automotive technology innovation effort
Mobile and Airbus: A long courtship, a happy marriage
Birmingham builders add jobs in February
Mobile Regional Airport resumes direct, daily Chicago flight after 10-plus years (photos)
Regions Field ribbon-cutting at 4:50 p.m.; Governor Bentley to participate in grand opening

 


 

 

Ala. joins automotive technology innovation effort

Associated Press

April 9, 2013 

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The state of Alabama has joined an alliance of Southern states working to bolster the region's effort to develop technology in the automotive manufacturing industry.

 

The state has joined the Automotive Accelerator Alliance, which already includes Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi. The accelerator aims to run a 13-week program to identify and commercialize technology that can be used in the automotive manufacturing industry. The first accelerator will begin May 13 in Spring Hill, Tenn. and will end Aug. 8 with pitch presentations to investors.

 

Participants are set to travel to accelerator alliance states during the program and will spend time at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research, Mississippi State's Center for Advanced Vehicular Research, and the University of Alabama.

 

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[Cullman Times]

 

 



 

 


 


 


 

 


 

Mobile and Airbus: A long courtship, a happy marriage
By George Talbot | gtalbot@al.com 
on April 10, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. - In 1972, an ambitious young politician named Bay Haas stood on the tarmac at Brookley Field in Mobile and vowed, as a first-time candidate for Mobile County commissioner, that he would bring jobs back to the former Air Force base.

 

On Monday, Haas returned to that same tarmac for a moment that was four decades in the making: Airbus formally broke ground at Brookley on a $600 million factory that will assemble commercial A320 jets.

 

"Let the record show," quipped Haas, among the sea of people gathered for the event, "that I keep my campaign promises."

 

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[al.com]


 


 


 


 

 


 

Birmingham builders add jobs in February
Ryan Poe Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Apr 9, 2013

After reaching a new high in January, metro Birmingham's construction job creation rate deflated in February, according to a new report.

 

The number of construction jobs rose 0.4 percent to 24,200 across the metro in February from 24,100 in February 2012, the Associated General Contractors of America reported today.

 

That rate put Birmingham at No. 158 of 339 metros in the U.S., No. 1 being the best. That's a big improvement from where the metro's rate was last year, but was a drop from the No. 72 it earned in January.

 

Compared to other Alabama metros, only Mobile (24), Auburn-Opelika (74) and Tuscaloosa (98) fared better in the rankings. Huntsville placed last with a rank of 294. Birmingham is also doing better than the state as a whole.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 



 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Mobile Regional Airport resumes direct, daily Chicago flight after 10-plus years (photos)
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 09, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - The travelers might all have been Chicago-bound, but the stories swapped Tuesday morning at Gate 7 of the Mobile Regional Airport were as unique as the people telling them.

 

A vacationing Canadian couple, a Pascagoula woman en route to visit family and a Boston-area mother-daughter pair retrieving the remains of a cherished father and grandfather were all among the 47 passengers on Mobile's first direct flight to O'Hare International Airport in more than 10 years.

 

"United Airlines is one of our longest airline partnerships, and this will greatly improve our connectivity to the west, north, northeast and even international destinations (such as) Frankfurt, Paris and London," said Patricia G. Edington, secretary of the Mobile Airport Authority.

 

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[al.com]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Regions Field ribbon-cutting at 4:50 p.m.; Governor Bentley to participate in grand opening
By Solomon Crenshaw Jr. | screnshawjr@al.com 
on April 10, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Construction crewmen continued their work Tuesday at Regions Field in advance of today's grand opening of Regions Field prior to the home opener of the Birmingham Barons against the Mississippi Braves.

 

The home opener in the 8,500-seat, $64 million stadium is a sellout.

 

The ribbon cutting opening the new ballpark is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. at the 14thStreet entrance. Gates open at 5 p.m. and opening day festivities begin at 5:30.

 

Governor Robert Bentley will participate in the opening day ceremony. Bentley is scheduled to provide remarks from the baseball field at approximately 6:25 p.m. 

 

The governor, who has a conflicting appointment, will miss the actual ribbon-cutting but will participate in an additional ribbon cutting just after the game begins.


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[al.com]

 

 

 




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