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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:
Honda's Alabama auto plant plans $48.4 million, 20-job expansion
AL Gov: 'Community Colleges Vital for Future Airbus Workforce'
Mobile student earns milestone certification through state's Career Ready program
Sylacauga Chamber conducting economic development survey

 


Honda's Alabama auto plant plans $48.4 million, 20-job expansion


on June 24, 2013

 

The Honda auto plant in Lincoln is expanding again, this time with a $48.4 million project that will create 20 jobs.

The Talladega County Commission tonight approved sales and use tax abatements for the project.

 

It is related to the production of direct injection engines and Honda's "Earth Dreams Technology," which is designed to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions of the V-6 engines produced at the plant. The plant will begin making its own heads instead of getting them from another Honda facility. 

 

Construction, equipment installation and testing are expected to be complete in 2014. The jobs will be in the engine plant.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


AL Gov: 'Community Colleges Vital for Future Airbus Workforce' 

By Lauren Vargas

June 24, 2013

 

MOBILE, Alabama -Fresh off his trip to Paris for the air show, Governor Robert Bentley stopped by the Battle House Hotel in Mobile to meet with all 27 presidents of Alabama's community colleges Monday morning.

 

"They really are my strongest support as far as creating jobs in the state," said Governor Bentley.

 

With Airbus still on the brain, Bentley says two-year colleges will be a huge factor in training the workforce to do the jobs necessary at the future plant.

 

"It's a cooperative effort with the state and two-year colleges, but they are a vital part of what we do every day," said Bentley.

 

Dr. Mark Heinrich, the Chancellor of Alabama's Postsecondary Education Department, says he's already been approached by Airbus and suppliers.

 

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Mobile student earns milestone certification through state's Career Ready program

on June 24, 2013


MOBILE, Alabama - A Mary G. Montgomery High School student has earned the distinction of receiving the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education's 48,000th Career Readiness certificate.

 

Ciara Pledger, a cooperative education student at the Mobile high school, said the certificate shows employers that she is fully prepared for a real-world workplace.

 

"My teacher, Mrs. (Terra) Price, worked with us every day to help us plan for the future, find the jobs, and she taught us how to be successful in our careers," Pledger said. "I think earning the Career Readiness Certificate shows that I am an honest, hard-working employee prepared for any task."

 

The certificate program, an initiative of the department's workforce development division, is one of several strategies incorporated to help close the skills gaps and ensure Alabama workers find employment. The Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education also oversees the Alabama Community College System, charged with preparing a worker pipeline for key industries identified in Accelerate Alabama, the state's strategic economic development growth plan.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


Sylacauga Chamber conducting economic development survey
By Emily Adams
Jun 24, 2013
 
SYLACAUGA - The Chamber of Commerce is currently conducting an economic and commercial development survey to guide future business growth in the area.

The survey asks Chamber members to respond to 16 questions about growth opportunities and hindrances, as well as the roles of various county and city organizations.

Chamber Director Carol Bates said the goal is to get enough feedback to develop a five- to 10-year plan.

"What we want is to use this information to come up with a workable plan on what steps we should take to achieve the goal of moving Sylacauga forward, as far as retail and commercial growth," Bates said.

In a letter to the Chamber's roughly 400 members, Committee on Economic and Commercial Development Chairperson Mike Landers said the survey is necessary "to assist us in developing meaningful strategies for future growth and development in Sylacauga. We have chosen to take a broad look at what is right, and wrong, in our local development efforts."

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