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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:
SEDA studies possibility of aviation recruiting, but may lack workforce
Alabama community colleges retooling to help unemployed baby boomers find new careers
Commission clears way for new plant
Gov. Robert Bentley signs bill to help more counties participate in road program
Airbus Mobile: Hatch Mott MacDonald providing design, engineering management
Alabama film industry gets boost from April premieres of 42, Space Warriors
UAB's School of Medicine launches news site, e-newsletter

 


 

 


SEDA studies possibility of aviation recruiting, but may lack workforce
By Bernie Delinski
TheTimes Daily
April 10, 2013

FLORENCE - The Shoals Economic Development Authority is studying recruiting potential for the aviation industry, but the community may not have a workforce available to get such a venture off the ground.

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is providing SEDA with an analysis of the potential of landing firms in the aviation and aerospace industry. Officials discussed the partnership's findings during Tuesday's SEDA board meeting.

 

SEDA President Forrest Wright said it is important in industrial recruitment to explore any potential avenue, so his agency and the Economic Development Partnership joined forces to look into the possibility of aviation recruiting.

Wright stressed this doesn't mean SEDA officials are likely to pursue aviation-related industries, especially if the study indicates it's not a good venture for the Shoals.

 

He said aviation-related industries typically require quick turnaround time for contracts. That means a community has to be ready when a prospect arrives or the company will simply go somewhere that is ready. Those factors include a workforce experienced in the field.

 

Steve Sewell, executive vice president for the partnership, said a good pool of aviation-trained employees is the most critical factor, and SEDA wants to know how many people in the Shoals workforce fit that description.

"What SEDA is doing is taking an analytical approach," Sewell said. "They are looking at the area's competitive position and assets and what is happening in the region and weighing that information."

 

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[Florence Times Daily]

 



 

 


 


 


 

 


 

Alabama community colleges retooling to help unemployed baby boomers find new careers
By Evan Belanger | ebelanger@al.com 
on April 10, 2013 

The Alabama Community College System announced this week that two of institutions will participate in a national program designed to help workers over the age of 50 find new careers in high-growth sectors of the local job market.
 

The shift is part of the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based American Association of Community Colleges.

 

George C. Wallace Community College in Dothan and Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville were among 36 community colleges nationwide selected to participate.

 

The program aims to help 10,000 baby boomers complete degrees or professional certificates for jobs in health care, education and social services.

 

Each of the schools gets a $15,000 grant spread over three years to help cover the cost of participation.


 

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[al.com]

 


 


 


 

 


 

Commission clears way for new plant
By Atmore News Staff
 
April 10, 2013

The Escambia County Commission authorized tax abatements to pave the way for Brooks Peanut Company in Samson, Alabama, to form a new company, Escambia Peanut LLC, to be located on Highway 113.

 

 The commissioners expressed their appreciation to Frank Talbot, Brooks Peanut Co. Vice President for Procurement, for his role in locating the plant in Escambia County. The vote for the abatements was unanimous.

The facility will be a super buying point that will store peanuts for later processing at the company's facility in Samson. The estimated capital investment is to be $6 million to $7 million and will employ approximately six employees initially.

 

 During harvest as many as 25 seasonal workers could be hired. The company will construct a warehouse facility capable of storing up to 13,000 tons of peanuts.

 

"Escambia County is an ideal location for this project," Talbot said. "One of the most positive aspects of this new company is that local producers will own 60 percent of Escambia Peanut LLC."

 


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[Atmore News]

 

 


 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Gov. Robert Bentley signs bill to help more counties participate in road program
By Mike Cason | mcason@al.com 
on April 10, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley today signed into law a bill to authorize borrowing up to $25 million to help more counties participate in a road and bridge improvement program.

 

The bill, by Sen. Paul Bussman, R-Cullman and Rep. Mac McCutcheon, R-Huntsville, established the Rural Assistance Match Program.

 

RAMP will be available to counties that are unable to provide the 20 percent matching funds required to participate in the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.

 

The governor established ATRIP to help local areas access funding for road and bridge improvements, according to the news release.

 

Under RAMP, counties and cities that are unable to meet the 20 percent local funding match required to leverage federal ATRIP funds can receive up to $1 million in state funds to match an additional $4 million in federal funds.   

The bill the governor signed today will authorize the Alabama Highway Finance Corporation to borrow up to $25 million by selling bonds to provide the money for RAMP.

 

"ATRIP is improving public safety by replacing old bridges and repairing and widening outdated roads," Bentley said in the news release. "Better roads and bridges help a community attract new jobs."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Airbus Mobile: Hatch Mott MacDonald providing design, engineering management
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com
on April 10, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - The Mobile office of Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing aviation and engineering design management for the Airbus final assembly plant at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex.

 

Birmingham-based Hoar Program Management announced Wednesday that HMM is overseeing all architectural and engineering partners involved with the $600 million project

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Mike Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management, said his company's existing relationship with HMM laid the foundation for the continued partnership.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Alabama film industry gets boost from April premieres of 42, Space Warriors
 April 11, 2013 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - After a record year for entertainment production projects, the Alabama film industry is ready for a cinematic close-up with the April premieres of two movies shot in the state - 42 and Space Warriors.

 

42, the Warner Bros. film about trailblazing baseball player Jackie Robinson that was filmed partly in Birmingham, has its national debut Friday, after a screening tonight in the Magic City.Space Warriors will debut April 25 at Huntsville's U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where the film about a group of space campers attempting to save the International Space Station was shot.

 

"To have two major feature films released in one month is thrilling for us and shows that Alabama has come a long way in this industry. This is a proud moment for all of us," said Kathy Faulk, manager of the Alabama Film Office, a division of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

 

42 focuses on Robinson's dramatic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, when he broke the color barrier in major league baseball. Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson, while Dodger general manager Branch Rickey is played by Harrison Ford.

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

UAB's School of Medicine launches news site, e-newsletter

 

April 10, 2013


 

 

 

The UAB School of Medicine has launched a new e-newsletter to highlight the work done by the faculty, students, residents and staff.

 

Anyone can subscribe to the newsletter from the School of Medicine news page, www.uab.edu/medicine/news, a hub for the latest news, feature stories and "Faces of UAB," short profiles of faculty, alumni and students. You can also find who's been quoted in the media, who has been honored recently and watch video stories, and more changes are coming in the near future.

 

"We included a feature called 'Share Your Story,' because we want to hear from everyone in the School of Medicine about what's happening in their departments and centers so we can help tell the stories that make us who we are," says Clinton Colmenares, senior director for Communications in the School of Medicine.

 

"The medical faculty are incredibly productive scientists and clinicians, and our students and residents are doing very exciting things, and everyone is contributing to the Birmingham community," says Colmenares, who joined the School of Medicine in August 2012 to head a new Office of Communications after spending two years as director of Media Relations at UAB.

 

"Our goal is to help tell more stories about what's happening here, and why our work matters, to support AMC 21, our strategic plan to become the most preferred academic medical center of the 21st century," Colmenares says. "This includes making sure these stories are presented for visitors to the 100-plus websites within the School of Medicine."

 

The Office of Communications has three staffers news to UAB. Kerry Gorelick, Ph.D., joined the office in September 2012 as the web communications manager. She previously managed websites and blogged for the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research. Jeremy Gordinier and Kendra Carter joined the office in January as web designer and writer/editor, respectively. Gordinier, a UAB alumnus, was the web production coordinator for WVTM-TV in Birmingham. Carter was a reporter at the Gadsden Times.

 

The office works closely with the UAB Health System Marketing Office and the UAB Office of Public Relations and Marketing, including Media Relations, to produce and distribute news and information. It's also responsible for creating and carrying out a strategy for School of Medicine websites. The news site is the first project completed by the new team. It also recently launched a new website for the department of Microbiology. An overhaul of the School of Medicine home page will appear in May, then the team will dive into redesigning other academic department and research center websites.

 

In the first three months of 2013 the School of Medicine website had more than 180,000 unique visitors who viewed more than 1.5 million pages. Most, Gorelick says, are current or prospective students looking for educational information or for information about our faculty.

 

Recruiting new faculty is a major strategic initiative for the school, and the website is an important tool in the recruiting process. It's often the first time people see UAB - and for many of them it's their first exposure to Birmingham and Alabama. "For them, we will make sure to include details about the importance of UAB in the community and the community's vibrant and exciting growth," Colmenares said. "The new Regions Field, Railroad Park and Innovation Depot are obvious gems close to campus. It's also an added value to help promote the many accolades Birmingham receives for its high standard of living."

 

The SOM Communications Office also Tweets from @uabsom and keeps the School of Medicine Facebook page. For more information, go to www.uab.edu/medicine/news

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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