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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:
Gov. Bentley Coming to Geneva
Coastal Gateway board member named interim director
Pelham agrees to Summer Classics tax breaks totaling $217,500 at Moore-Handley site
Press Release: AGP Announces Change in Executive Director's Role


Gov. Bentley Coming to Geneva


GENEVA - On Tuesday, July 16, Governor Robert Bentley will continue his Road to Economic Recovery Tour with a series of stops in the town of Geneva in Geneva County.


The purpose of the Road to Economic Recovery Tour is to visit communities and discuss local economic conditions and state-level efforts to attract more jobs to Alabama.


Bentley will meet with area residents and business owners to discuss these topics and other issues of local importance.









Coastal Gateway board member named interim director 

Staff Reports

July 15, 2013


The secretary of the Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance has stepped up to be the organizations' interim director following the resignation of Jim Searcy.


Searcy stepped down recently to take a position as executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.


Dr. John A. Johnson's appointment as interim director is effective Monday, July 15.


"On behalf of Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance, it is my pleasure to announce that Dr. John Johnson has been selected by the Board of Directors to serve as the Interim Executive Director for the Alliance," Larry Woods, chairman of the CGEDA, said in a release.  "He has the necessary economic development experience and knowledge of the region to lead the organization."


Coastal Gateway is a partnership of Escambia, Monroe, Conecuh, Choctaw and Clarke counties.











Pelham agrees to Summer Classics tax breaks totaling $217,500 at Moore-Handley site 

on July 16, 2013


PELHAM, Alabama -- Outdoor-furniture manufacturer Summer Classics will receive about $217,500 total in breaks on construction and property taxes under terms of an abatement agreement approved by the Pelham City Council on Monday night.


The agreement is part of the company's decision to relocate its operations to the former Moore-Handley site on Highway 31 through a deal facilitated by the city, Shelby County government and property owner HHH Acquisition Company.


"This is related to the Summer Classics deal again and it is something that was tentatively approved a long time ago," Council President Rick Hayes said during Monday's meeting.









Press Release

AGP Announces Change in Executive Director's Role

July 15, 2013   


Tine Hoffmeister The AlabamaGermany Partnership (AGP) is pleased to announce that effective August 1st, 2013, AGP's Board of Directors has changed the Executive Director from a part-time position to a full-time position.



 The Board decision reflects its desire to provide AGP membership with greater value through improved services and expanded programming. The Board believes that Ms. Hoffmeister's abilities, enthusiasm and dedication to AGP will well serve the AGP membership. Ms. Tine Hoffmeister has enthusiastically accepted this expanded role with the AGP, and her vision for AGP over the coming year includes expanded business, educational and cultural programs and opportunities for AGP's membership.


 This fall, AGP will start its "German Only" Executive Leadership Group, providing a forum for German business leaders to share experiences, challenges and solutions when doing business in Alabama. AGP will also introduce the first of a series of business seminars. The first one will be held at the Robotic Technology Park in late September. On the education front, AGP is working on German Language Education Summit for leaders of secondary, post-secondary and higher education, as well as German Companies. In the works is also development of educational and cultural exchanges between Alabama and Germany. 


Several cultural events are in the planning including AGP's first annual "FALL OF THE WALL" event which will be held in Birmingham in early November and, please save the date of March 6th and 7 for that AGP's Annual Celebration and German-American Executive Roundtable which will be held next year in Tuscaloosa.

About AlabamaGermany Partnership

The AlabamaGermany Partnership is an Alabama non-profit corporation formed in 1998 to "develop and support relationships and friendships between organizations and individuals in Alabama and Germany". The membership of the AlabamaGermany Partnership is comprised of German companies with location in Alabama, companies and entities that want to do business with German companies, academic and cultural institutions with interest in the German culture and language throughout the State. For more information visit:


Tine Hoffmeister, Executive Director, AlabamaGermany Partnership
Phone: 205.943.4772, director@alabamagermany.org



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