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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:
Alabama to hold meetings with 11 companies on first day of Paris Air Show.
Birmingham given bragging rights and new title as "All America City"
'Sky' high on Alabama: Air travelers worldwide can read article on state's economic rise
Paris Air Show: Aerojet Rocketdyne would bring thousands of jobs to Huntsville to build rocket engine
Report: Healthcare, manufacturing will steer southwest Alabama employment trends through 2020
Report: Increased training, focus on high-demand jobs can address projected workforce shortfalls
Alabama Launchpad Participant VIPARR makes strong impression at Southland
Dothan event will bring 400 Chinese business leaders to city

 


 

Alabama to hold meetings with 11 companies on first day of Paris Air Show 
June 17, 2013

PARIS, France - The working team from the state of Alabama, which includes Governor Robert Bentley, Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, and Commerce Assistant Director of Business Development Bob Smith, arrived at the Paris Air Show around 7 a.m. Paris time this morning for meetings with companies looking to expand or locate new operations in Alabama.

 

The group had 11 aerospace industry meetings planned, including visits with companies that already operate in Alabama such as AirbusLockheed Martin and Safran, as well as prospective companies. The day began with a briefing meeting for the team at the Made in Alabama booth.

 

The team then headed to a sit down breakfast with GKN Aerospace, which has operations in the Montgomery area. At the table with the Alabama team were Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of GKN Aerospace North America, Nigel Stein, Chief Executive of GKN PLC and Daniele Cagnatel, GKN Vice President Aerospace.



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Birmingham given bragging rights and new title as "All America City"

The city of Birmingham was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League, capturing bragging rights for the first time in 42 years.

 

Banners declaring Birmingham an "All-America City," are certain to appear following the designation made at a ceremony in Denver.

 

"This is a great honor for the city of Birmingham. Our delegation worked many long hours to see that Birmingham's story was told and told correctly," Mayor William Bell said in statement after the Sunday night presentation. "We are thankful that the National Civic League jury recognized that Birmingham is '50 years forward,' and we look forward to working to prepare the city for the next 50 years, the next generation.

 

Bell's '50 years forward' reference was regarding the city's year-long commemoration activities recognizing the 50 anniversary of major civil rights events of 1963.

 

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'Sky' high on Alabama: Air travelers worldwide can read article on state's economic rise
Written by Alvin Benn Special to the Advertiser
June 17, 2013

Alabama is making quite a splash as a result of an article in a Delta Air Lines magazine that lavishes praise on a state that has made dramatic positive strides in recent years.

The 44-page profile, titled "Alabama" across the top of the Birmingham skyline, traces the state's rapid economic ascent from cotton to cars, from textiles to technical marvels, and much more.

 

Geared toward domestic and international air travelers, especially those with financial clout, Sky magazine reaches millions of readers every year as passengers stretch out for long flights and look for something interesting to read.

Placement in the June issue cost public and private entities thousands of dollars, but there were few, if any, complaints, especially after supporters took a gander at the finished product.

 

"Wow!" was the word used by U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, when asked for an opinion on the story as she took her seat aboard a commuter jet about to head home from Atlanta on June 6.


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Paris Air Show: Aerojet Rocketdyne would bring thousands of jobs to Huntsville to build rocket engine

PARIS, France - Aerojet Rocketdyne announced at the Paris Air Show Sunday that it hopes to build America's first new rocket engine in 35 years in partnership with Huntsville.

 

Speaking Sunday at areception held by Huntsville's delegation to the Paris Air Show, Aerojet Rocketdyne President Warren Boley said if his company wins the right to build the engine for NASA's planned Space Launch System, it would mean thousands of jobs, many of them in Huntsville. The state Department of Commerce issued a press release detailing Boley's comments. 

 

Convincing Congress, NASA and the Air Force to let it build the new engine, a $1 billion project, is a priority for the newly merged company formed by Aerojet and Rocketdyne, Boley said.

 

"That's 5,000 engineers. Just think about what that would mean for Huntsville," said Aeroject Rocketdyne President Warren Boley.

"Alabama will continue to be a business and engineering center for us as we combine these companies," Boley said. "The largest untapped pot for Alabama is a new American engine. It would take $1 billion. That's 5,000 engineers. Just think about what that would mean for Huntsville."



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Report: Healthcare, manufacturing will steer southwest Alabama employment trends through 2020


on June 16, 2013 

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Health care and manufacturing will continue to drive southwest Alabama employment through 2020, according to the most recent figures released by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley'sOffice of Workforce Development.

 

Specifically, the 2012 State of the Workforce Report forRegion 9 - which includes Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Choctaw, Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh and Escambia counties - indicates many of the 40 occupations across the eight-county region expected to remain in high demand through the next eight years fall into one of those two categories.

 

And although the retail sector was the leading Region 9 employer in 2012, nine of the top 10 high-earning occupations are health-related jobs

 

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Report: Increased training, focus on high-demand jobs can address projected workforce shortfalls 

on June 16, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Investment in education and skills development will be crucial to Mobile County's ability to avoid projected worker shortfalls of nearly 25,000 by 2020 and almost twice that by 2030.

 

The figures are based on the most current labor statistics available and presented in the 2012 State of the Workforce Report for Mobile County released recently by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's Office of Workforce Development.

 

The report, a product of the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research, analyzed workforce supply-and-demand issues and recommends challenging - but attainable - steps for melding workforce and economic development efforts to cultivate a strong and diversified local economy.

 

"It's not going to be easy, but with the right tools and a vision shared by both the educational community and industry, we know we can equip this region with a world-class workforce that attracts and retains a level of investment we've never known," said Laura Chandler, executive director of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council.


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Yann Ranaivo Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
June 14, 2013
 
VIPAAR had a good showing this week at Southland, a tech conference in Nashville, Tenn., that recognized the South's top 50 start-ups.

An official with the firm handling marketing for Southland told me that the small Birmingham-based company was one of five finalists for the conference's Most Innovative Startup award. VIPAAR didn't win the $10,000 prize, but its top finish will certainly impress those interested in helping the company become a tech standout in future years.

 

VIPAAR, which operates out of theInnovation Depot, was the only Birmingham firm to attend Southland, which took place on June 12 and 13. One of the event's primary goals was to link start-ups with investors from across the U.S.

 

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Dothan event will bring 400 Chinese business leaders to city

By Lance Griffin

June 14, 2013

 

The City of Dothan could be riding the crest of a wave of another industrial revolution, according to a person responsible for bringing a U.S.-China Manufacturing Symposium to the Circle City this fall.

 

Dothan will be a focal point of international trade for at least three days in November. The event will bring about 400 Chinese business owners interested in expansion into the United States. Trade and manufacturing experts, dignitaries and international media will bring the total number of visitors into Dothan at close to 1,000.

 

"You are looking at an absolute no-holds-barred business dialogue that could change the landscape of U.S.-China relations," said Raymond Cheng, CEO of the SoZo Group, who helped bring the event to Dothan along with the Asian Manufacturing Association and Mayor Mike Schmitz.

 

"I believe that in 3-5 years, Dothan will become the example for a new level of U.S.-China relations," Cheng added.

 
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