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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:
Airbus taps Honeywell for Mobile's A320 final assembly line powerhouse
State's price tag for Paris Air Show trip: $88,000 to $97,000
Heads of state department of education, two-year college system discuss new directions, goals
Start-up networking program comes to Tuscaloosa
Alabama State Port marks 85 years in operation

 


Airbus taps Honeywell for Mobile's A320 final assembly line powerhouse

on June 26, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus has awarded Honeywell the powerhouse operation contract for the A320 family aircraft final assembly line under construction at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex.

 

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the project is slated to begin in the fall and will be managed from the Birmingham branch of Golden Valley, Minn.-based Honeywell Building Solutions.

 

Specifically, Honeywell will be responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the powerhouse facility that will supply all utilities to the new assembly line, including power distribution and backup generation; heating; cooling; chilled and drinking water; and sewage handling. The facility also will provide compressed air and house the 116-acre campus' building management and fire protection systems.

 

Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor called the project "another milestone" in establishing the planemaker's first U.S.-based production facility and said in a prepared statement he is confident Honeywell will deliver a "world-class powerhouse facility worthy of a world-class aircraft manufacturingaircraft manufacturing site."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


State's price tag for Paris Air Show trip: $88,000 to $97,000

on June 25, 2013 

The Alabama Department of Commerce said today that its expenses for last week's Paris Air Show are expected to fall between $88,000 and $97,000.

 

The bill will include travel costs for seven people: Gov. Robert Bentley, First Lady Dianne Bentley, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, two members of the governor's security staff and two Commerce Department employees.

 

But the majority of the costs will be related to the cost of the Alabama booth, graphics and set-up.

The department noted that some of the costs related to the show were offset by municipalities, economic development groups and Chambers of Commerce in the state. A more precise accounting of the trip will be available within 30 days, once all of the expenses have been collected.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Heads of state department of education, two-year college system discuss new directions, goals


on June 25, 2013 

 

MOBILE, Alabama - State educational leaders presented a united front during a forum with representatives from local governments, businesses and schools in south Alabama on Tuesday, June 25, at the Battle House Hotel.

 

Known as Forum Alabama, the event was part of an ongoing series sponsored by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and had two featured speakers: Tommy Bice, the state superintendent of education, and Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

 

Both relatively new to their positions, the two men talked about a new direction and partnership between their respective organizations, to shift focus from their students just getting good grades while they're inside the educational system to helping them develop the skills and opportunities to earn and maintain the best jobs possible once they leave.

 
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[al.com]

 

 


By Andy McWhorter
June 26, 2013 

The autoXLR8R accelerator program stopped in Tuscaloosa June 24 and 25 for part of its 13-week "tech tour" across the Southeast. 

 

The program, which is in its first year, connects entrepreneurs and start-ups with manufacturers, researchers, industry insiders and investors from around the region. In addition to The University of Alabama's Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence, participants will visit places like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research and Mississippi State University's Center for Advanced Vehicular Research.

 

Ron Davis, executive director of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute and president of the Alabama Automotive Manufacturing Association, said the program is meant to create the networking opportunities needed to get start-up businesses off the ground.

 

"The purpose is to engage with these entrepreneurs and their automotive start-up business idea and give them the support they need to go in production," Davis said.

 

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[Crimson White]

 

 

 


Alabama State Port marks 85 years in operation
By Associated Press
June 25, 2013
 
MOBILE, Ala. -Alabama's primary seaport is marking 85 years in operation in Mobile.

The Alabama State Port was dedicated on June 25, 1928. Back then it was called the "Alabama State Docks" and handled exports of coal, forest products and sugar.

 

The public terminals still ship coal and forest products, but the cargo today includes automotive components, poultry and steel.

 

Port Director Jimmy Lyons says the capital investments have increased the seaport's ability to handle huge cargo ships, and that capability will increase with better transportation infrastructure.


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