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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:
Governor Robert Bentley will meet with 12 companies on day two of Paris Air Show
What are Tipton's top priorities for SRI?
Birmingham outperforms most metro areas in creation of STEM jobs
Hoar plans smooth lift-off for Airbus construction project in Alabama
Business Incubator Project Moves Forward in Marengo Co
GE Aviation laser technology powers innovation at Alabama jet engine plan
Flight plan: Small Alabama city eyes future as aviation hub

 


 

Governor Robert Bentley will meet with 12 companies on day two of Paris Air Show
June 18, 2013

Governor Robert Bentley arrived at the Paris Air Show before 7 a.m. Paris time on Tuesday for another packed day of 12 meetings with aerospace companies considering locating or expanding in Alabama.

 

 Meetings planned for the day included visits with Raytheon and Boeing, both of which have large operations in North Alabama, as well as GE Aviation, which has operations in Auburn.

 

Just after a morning briefing at the Made In Alabama booth, Governor Bentley spoke about a successful first day in Paris:



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What are Tipton's top priorities for SRI?
Yann Ranaivo Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
June 17, 2013
Increasing collaborations with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and exploring ongoing work in aerospace and clean energy are among the top goals for new Southern Research Institute CEO Arthur Tipton.

Tipton, who joined Birmingham-based SRI in 2004 to lead the formation of a drug-delivery company, will replace the retiringJohn Secrist as CEO of the renowned research organization.

 

I spoke with Tipton shortly after the announcement about his plans and priorities for the nonprofit research institute.

SRI's new CEO is particularly interested in the potential of aerospace - an area Alabama is trying to become a leader in - and clean energy.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 



 


Birmingham outperforms most metro areas in creation of STEM jobs
on June 17, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - An unusually high proportion of jobs in metro Birmingham are so-called STEM jobs that offer relatively high wages, a report by the Brookings Institution indicates.

 

About 21 percent of all jobs in the seven-county metropolitan area are in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), ranking Birmingham No. 36 among the nation's 100 largest metro areas, Brookings found. Those jobs pay an average annual salary of $60,494.

 

Nationally, about half of all STEM jobs require a four-year college education, but in metro Birmingham 61 percent of STEM jobs require an associate's degree or less. In Birmingham that includes technical jobs in health care, biotechnology and related fields.



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Hoar plans smooth lift-off for Airbus construction project in Alabama
June 17, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Mike Lanier is sitting in the pilot's seat for the most critical Alabama construction project since Mercedes-Benz built its assembly plant in Tuscaloosa County two decades ago - the Airbus Alabama passenger jet production center at Brookley Aeroplex.

 

For Lanier, whose team is overseeing the project, it's a massive and complex undertaking, with an ambitious timeline and exacting construction demands. Airbus is investing $600 million in the Alabama final assembly line, where in a little over two years employees will begin production work on the company's A320 family of jets.

 

Before that happens, construction workers at the Brookley site will drill 1,800 foundation pilings, pour 38,000 cubic yards of concrete and erect 5,300 tons of structural steel, according to Lanier. Buildings sprawling for 733,000 square feet will rise on the site. Workers on the Airbus project will lay down 1.45 million square feet of concrete and asphalt paving.

 

"There are a lot of unique things about it," says Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management (HPM), the Birmingham firm selected in February to orchestrate all aspects of the project's construction and design work as program manager.


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Business Incubator Project Moves Forward in Marengo Co.

By George McDonald 

June 18, 2013

 

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  A new business incubator project in Marengo County is trying to create jobs by helping entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed.

The small business incubator will be housed in the old Linden Armory property.

Program officials say it will promote economic development and job growth in the county by providing assistance to beginner small businesses. They say sharing space and resources at the incubator can improve a business's chance to grow and succeed.

The incubator is a joint project of the Marengo County Commission, the Economic Development Authority and the Extension Service

 
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GE Aviation laser technology powers innovation at Alabama jet engine plan

June 18, 2013

 

AUBURN, Alabama - A new GE Aviation plant in Auburn will use Star Wars-like laser technology to help the industry giant produce critical jet engine components at a time when global demand for aircraft is projected to surge

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Inside the GE Aviation plant in Auburn, workers use powerful lasers to drill miniscule cooling holes in jet engine blades made from heat-resistant super alloys. Placed inside a high-pressure turbine, the blades squeeze air to immense pressures prior to ignition.

 

GE Aviation says these blades must be crafted into flawless aerodynamic shapes, and the tiny laser-drilled cooling holes perform the important function of allowing air to bleed in so the blades can withstand the incredible temperatures they encounter during operation.

 

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 


 


 Flight plan: Small Alabama city eyes future as aviation hub

June 16, 2013

 

ANDALUSIA, Alabama - About 125 miles from Mobile, where Airbus will build its first U.S. final assembly line, is a small Covington County city of 9,000 people that plans to transform its textile-based economy into an aviation hub.

 

Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson joins other elected officials and economic development experts from around Alabama this week at the Paris Air Show, a key opportunity for connecting with aerospace companies considering expansion plans. Johnson, who attended the air show in the French capital two years ago, also has been to the Farnborough International Air Show near London.

 

"It's hard to get those folks to come visit us, so we go visit them," Johnson says.

 

Johnson and other Andalusia officials plan to use their time at the Paris Air Show to meet with a number of aerospace and aviation companies the city already is pursuing, or those companies officials would like to pursue. Read a story about Team Alabama's objectives in Paris.

 
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