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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:
Citizens group hopes to make Sand Mountain area viable for manufacturers by putting robotics in high schools
Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers + Constructors tapped for Airbus assembly line
Huntsville one of world's smartest cities
Coca-Cola United expands in Alabama, Southeast
Johnson Development, Brasfield & Gorrie begin work on Florida medical office building
Baldwin County Job Fair returns Tuesday with nearly 50 employers participating

 


 

 

Citizens group hopes to make Sand Mountain area viable for manufacturers by putting robotics in high schools
By Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com 
on April 16, 2013 

SAND MOUNTAIN, Alabama - Two decades ago, jobs were plentiful in DeKalb and Jackson counties.

Workers in garment factories produced socks, shoes and other wearable goods. They spent their money in the small cities dotting the plateau and the valleys below, towns where no one met a stranger, such as Pisgah, Scottsboro, Fort Payne and Rainsville.

 

Then in 1994, the federal government entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement, making it cheaper and easier for companies to operate elsewhere, Wayne Cummins said.

 

"Within one year, all our garment factories had shut down and gone to Mexico," Cummins said. "Since that time, the economy in this area has deteriorated drastically."

 

If left unchecked, he said, the localized depression would keep Sand Mountain from competing for jobs.

But who would take action to stop the trend, and how?

 

It turns out, an entire group was ready to act and, earlier this year, Sand Mountain Concerned Citizens Inc. began funding robotics programs for local schools to ensure they are turning out viable employees for new industries.


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Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers + Constructors tapped for Airbus assembly line
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 15, 2013 

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers + Constructors has been tapped by Hoar Program Management to assist with Package B of theAirbus final assembly line under construction at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex.

 

The local company will work alongside Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates P.C. to provide architectural and engineering services for the $600 million project's flight line, final phase, gauging hangar and delivery center.

 

"Once again we have selected a highly qualified and experienced team. They were selected through a competitive process, and we're delighted that this team also includes a firm that already has offices in Mobile," said Mike Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management.

 

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Huntsville one of world's smartest cities
Brent Godwin
Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Apr 16, 2013

Huntsville is one of the ten smartest cities in the world, according to a recent Forbes study.

Here is what Forbes says about Huntsville:

 

"Further inland, Huntsville, Ala., has long had a "smart" core to its economy--a legacy of its critical role in the NASA ballistic missile program.

 

 Today the area's traditional emphasis on aerospace has been joined by bold moves into such fields as biotechnology. Kiplinger recently ranked the area's economy No. 1 in the nation."

 


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Coca-Cola United expands in Alabama, Southeast
Brent Godwin Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Apr. 16, 2013

The Coca-Cola Co. and Birmingham-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Tuesday announced expanded territories in Alabama and neighboring states.

 

"A strong franchise system has always been the competitive advantage of the Coca-Cola business globally, and today we are accelerating the transformation of our U.S. system in ways that will establish a clear path to achieve our 2020 vision," said Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Co.

 

Coca-Cola United and four other bottlers have agreed to partner with The Coca-Cola Co. to expand into new territories. Coca-Cola United will handle these new territories: Dothan, Montgomery, Oxford, Scottsboro, Tuscaloosa, Pensacola, Fla., Valparaiso, Fla. and West Point, Ga.

 

 

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Johnson Development, Brasfield & Gorrie begin work on Florida medical office building
By Stan Diel | sdiel@al.com 
on April 15, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Johnson Development LLC has begun work on a $15 million, 60,000-square-foot medical office building in Jacksonville, Fla., the company announced.

 

The building, which will be adjacent to a new 64-bed St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County (Florida) hospital scheduled to open in the fall, will include facilities for cardiology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and neurology, among others. Birmingham-based Johnson Development and a group of physicians will own the building.

 

Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor for both the office building and the $110 million hospital.


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Baldwin County Job Fair returns Tuesday with nearly 50 employers participating
By Marc D. Anderson | manderson@al.com 
on April 15, 2013 

DAPHNE, Alabama -- From Austal USA and Ingalls Shipbuilding to LuLu's and Lowe's, nearly 50 employers will be on hand for the 13th Annual Baldwin County Job Fair on Tuesday.

 

Hosted by Baldwin County's five chambers of commerce and Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, the free fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center on U.S. 98.

 

According to Donna Watts, president of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, the number of exhibitors participating this year exceeds the last couple of years and she hopes that is a good sign that the economy is turning around.

 

Employers, from areas such as manufacturing, service, health care, communications and banks, will be hiring for full-time, part-time and seasonal workers.

 

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