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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 'Accelerates' Its Business
Huntsville ranks No. 3 on list of best places for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math graduates
UAB names three local executives to head up largest fundraising campaign in university history
When it comes to industry, Craig Field is more than an airport
Cell phones that charge without an outlet? Just one of the concepts in Alabama Launchpad
BL Harbert finishes rebuild of Tuscaloosa church destroyed by tornado

 


Alabama 'Accelerates' Its Business

By: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley/Guest Contributor

July 10, 2013

 

These are just a few of the advantages that companies have found when they build and expand in Alabama

  • The best workforce you'll find anywhere in the world. 
  • A job training program that is recognized for excellence throughout the business community. 
  • A comprehensive statewide economic development plan. 
  • State and local leaders who consistently work together to secure new jobs. 
  • Spreading the message that products made in Alabama are top quality. 

Alabama's positive business climate helped attract companies such as Airbus, Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, AustalToyota and other major businesses. Our state-level economic developers are true partners with local developers and companies. We all share a common goal of attracting more jobs and helping businesses succeed.

 

Since taking office in January of 2011, my administration has announced tens of thousands of new jobs in communities across the state. Those jobs come from a variety of sources-from new companies moving to Alabama, to small companies that are expanding and adding to their payrolls, to major international companies like Airbus, which is building a new jetliner production facility in the port city of Mobile.

 

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Huntsville ranks No. 3 on list of best places for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math graduates 

on July 10, 2013 

 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Financial literacy and consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has named Huntsville as one of America's top 10 best metro areas for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates.

 

The Rocket City ranked No. 3 on a list with other major U.S. metro areas such as San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Arlington, Va., and Seattle.

 

In Huntsville, about 20 percent of total jobs call for a STEM bachelor's degree or higher, while the average salary for a STEM job requiring a four-year degree or higher is $91,873, NerdWallet reports.

 

NerdWallet analyst Divya Raghavan studied 357 U.S. metro areas using data she collected from the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Raghavan said she compiled the list by measuring the total number of jobs that require a STEM bachelor's degree, average salary and the overall economic health in each metro area.

 

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UAB names three local executives to head up largest fundraising campaign in university history

on July 10, 2013 


The University of Alabama at Birmingham is gearing up for what school officials say will be the "largest ever and most comprehensive fundraising campaign" in university history.

 

"This is going to be a landmark campaign," said UAB President Ray Watts. "It's going to change Birmingham and Alabama for the better forever."

 

The university announced today the campaign will be co-chaired by Johnny Johns, CEO and chair of Protective Life Corp.; Theresa Bruno, a film producer, strategic planning consultant and president of THB Inc., and Mike Warren, CEO of Children's of Alabama.

 

The three executives have been recognized previously for their philanthropic support of UAB and the community. They will guide the campaign through 2018.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


When it comes to industry, Craig Field is more than an airport

By Katie Wood

July 10, 2013

 

From housing high-powered industries, major manufacturing companies, active railways and runways and even a place to relax on the greens, Dallas County's Craig Field Airport and Industrial Park is booming and ready for business.

 

The industrial park spans roughly 2,200 acres and houses an elementary school, an active airport, a state trooper post, a golf range and a number of industries including Hanil E-Hwa Interior Systems Alabama, Renosol Corporation, Eovations, Taylor Made and Plantation Patterns, among others.

 

"We're the largest industrial park in central Alabama. We've got great sites, and the rail is right here" said Menzo Driskell, executive director Craig Field Airport and Industrial Authority. "We're also the municipal airport, and your airports are linked to economic development."

 

Driskell said the industrial park, depending on the month, provides anywhere between 1,300 and 1,500 jobs - many of which are held by Dallas County residents.

 

"If anything we're underutilized," he said. "The industry we have is nice, it's all light manufacturing with high-paying jobs."


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Cell phones that charge without an outlet? Just one of the concepts in Alabama Launchpad

Yann Ranaivo

Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

July 10, 2013

 

The second round of the 2013 Alabama Launchpad will continue this Friday when the teams in the statewide startup competition meet at Evonik on Lakeshore Parkway to participate in a pitch presentation.

 

Friday's event will provide an early assessment of each team's products and narrow the current pool of 10 startups, each of which are vying for $100,000 provided by several universities and the private sector.

 

As we have reported, the Launchpad gives startups and early-stage companies an opportunity to win funding that can speed up the process of attracting investors to each team's business


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BL Harbert finishes rebuild of Tuscaloosa church destroyed by tornado

By Michael Tomberlin | mtomberlin@al.com 

on July 10, 2013 

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - BL Harbert International has completed the $5 million construction of the Central Church of Christ after the previous church was destroyed by the tornadoes that swept through Tuscaloosa and other parts of the state on April 27, 2011.

 

The new church will celebrate its opening this Sunday at 2:30 p.m., including tours of the facility and a dedication open to the public following regular morning services

 

A cinderblock closet inside the church saved the lives of six University of Alabama students involved with the Tide 4 Christ campus ministry. No one in the church that day suffered serious injury.

 

The congregation met at the Northport Church of Christ and the Alabama Fire College during the rebuilding of the church.

 
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