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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:
Delegation of 100 leaders from Greensboro, N.C., tours Birmingham in search of best practices
Calhoun coalition announces $8 million plan for McClellan improvements
U.S. News and World Report ranks Alabama's best high schools, compares them to nation
Jobs fair draws 150
Jonathan Stinson: Economic development future looks bright

 


 

 

 

Delegation of 100 leaders from Greensboro, N.C., tours Birmingham in search of best practices
By Stan Diel | sdiel@al.com 
on April 24, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - About 100 civic and business leaders from Greensboro, N.C., are spending two days in Birmingham in search of success stories they can emulate.

 

Members of the delegation of mostly elected leaders and school officials have been meeting with their Birmingham counterparts in an attempt to identify best practices and shortcomings from which they can learn, said Deborah Hooper, president of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

 

Among the things Birmingham does well, she said, is capitalize on the presence of a research university by helping spinoff businesses launch. The Innovation Depot, a downtown business incubator affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Southern Research Institute are successful endeavors worth studying, she said.

 

In December, 2011, The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering was launched in Greensboro. That school, supported by North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has the potential to become an economic engine in a manner similar to UAB, Hooper said.



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Calhoun coalition announces $8 million plan for McClellan improvements
By William Thornton | wthornton@al.com 
on April 24, 2013

ANNISTON, Alabama --- Calhoun County leaders announced a partnership today to pump more than $8 million in infrastructure improvements into the former Fort McClellan site, with work to begin by October.

 

The City of Anniston will be working along with municipal governments from Piedmont, Weaver, Hobson City, Ohatchee and Jacksonville, along with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, the county Economic Development Council, the McClellan Development Authority, Jacksonville State University and Gadsden State Community College.

 

Anniston City Councilman Jay Jenkins said the money will consist of $2.75 million from the coalition partners, and $950,000 in industrial road and bridge grant money, along with $4.2 million in grant money from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, or ATRIP, a federal highway program administered through the Alabama Department of Transportation.

 

The improvements - which would include lighting, signage, and roadway upgrades -  would make the area more attractive to industrial and commercial recruitment, especially with two tracts of land totaling about 1,000 acres, officials say.


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U.S. News and World Report ranks Alabama's best high schools, compares them to nation
By Mark Heim | mheim@al.com 
on April 23, 2013 

The U.S. News and World Report reviewed and ranked 21,035 public high schools across the country.

Ninety of those schools are located in the state of Alabama.

 

Among the 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools in Alabama, two were awarded gold medals, 16 received silver medals and 72 were considered bronze medal schools.

 

Huntsville area fares well in rankings. In order to be eligible for the state rankings, a school must be rewarded with a medal.

 

State-mandated assessments and performance on Advanced Placement tests were just two of the criteria used when analyzing schools.


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Jobs fair draws 150

By Penny L. Pool 

April 24, 2013

 

Those at the Career Expo Tuesday at Trinity Baptist Church said the annual jobs fair trying to match jobs with people needing them went well.

 

Sharonda Pettaway, director of the Randolph County Department of Human Resources who sponsored the job fair with other organizations, said, "We had a great turnout--almost 150 seeking employment. I think we had a good variety of employees. Most of them had high school diplomas or better in terms of educational level. It was a good pool of employees."

 

Nathan Wright, HR analyst at of Southwire Company in Carrollton, Ga., said he started out with 90 cards and they were almost gone.

 

The company is accepting general plant labor applications May 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and maintenance applications Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. always. On the web their address is www.southwire.com/jobs.

 

The company is North America's leading manufacturer of wire and cable since 1950, he said.


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Jonathan Stinson: Economic development future looks bright

By Jonathan Stinson | jstinson@sandmountainreporter.com

on April 24, 2013

 

It seems the efforts made by local economic developers will continue to pay off.

 

Tuesday morning, the Albertville Chamber of Commerce welcomed Greg Canfield, the state secretary of commerce, to the aviation school in Albertville.

 

It was an encouraging talk.

 

He praised local leaders on their efforts to develop a specific plan for attracting industries and sticking to it, and said it was important to have a specific plan and not try to "be all things to all industries."

 

For Albertville the most recent industrial developments have been the expansion of ColorMasters, the opening of Newman Technologies and the announced reopening of the Albertville sawmill.

 

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[Sand Mountain Reporter]

 

 

 

 


 


 




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