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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:
110 jobs, $35 million investment to Montgomery
Bentley supports more funding for Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative
Free tuition and virtually guaranteed job placement could be in store for some two-year college students
Alabama-made Mercedes-Benz GL-Class named a top luxury SUV
FreightCar celebrates milestone
Bessemer City Council grants tax breaks to Consolidated Pipe for brownfield project
Huntsville is a best destination for green travelers

 


 

110 jobs, $35 million investment to Montgomery
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 
From the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce 

MONTGOMERY, AL - Representatives from Infinitus Energy joined Mayor Todd Strange, elected leaders and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the company's Infinitus Renewable Energy Park at Montgomery (IREP Montgomery). 

The advanced mixed materials recovery facility (MRF), which will bring 110 new jobs to the area, represents a $35 million capital investment.

Infinitus Energy specializes in designing, developing, financing, building and operating waste recovery facilities. Its IREP Montgomery site, located at 1551 Louisville St., will be the first to combine several of the most technologically advanced systems available for waste recovery and will eliminate up to 85 percent of waste headed to the city's landfill. The 81,992-square-foot facility is expected to be complete by June 30.

 

"This is another great day for Montgomery as we welcome Infinitus Energy to our growing business community," said Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Horace Horn Jr. "The cooperative spirit among our elected and community leaders makes it possible for us to continue bringing new jobs and innovative businesses such as Infinitus Energy to the River Region."

 

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Bentley supports more funding for Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative 

By Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com 

on July 17, 2013 

 

NORTH SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama - A group of teachers wearing blue protective gloves sat around a table and used tweezers to pick at a clump of undigested feathers and other debris -- pellets from owls.

 

"You'd think that some kids are going to pass out," Gov. Robert Bentley said as he watched the teachers participating in the hands-on classroom training under the state-funded program known as AMSTI, or the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative.

 

Bentley visited Oak Mountain Middle School this morning as between 300 and 400 instructors from throughout central Alabama began the two-week training that started Tuesday in conjunction with AMSTI at the University of Montevallo and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

 

"I've taught for 32 years and this has been the most influential thing in my career," Sharee Winslett, a third-grade teacher at Vincent Elementary School, told Bentley as she dissected a pellet clump containing undigested bones and other substances on the desk in front of her.

 
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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Free tuition and virtually guaranteed job placement could be in store for some two-year college students
on July 17, 2013 

 

The Alabama Community College System is in talks with Alabama employers to develop new public-private partnerships that would enable students to attend school for free and virtually assure them a job upon graduation.

 

ACCS Chancellor Mark Heinrich declined to name companies the two-year college system is working with, but he said "there seems to be a good interest for those kinds of programs.

 

"Absolutely, I think you're going to see more of that," he said.

 

The two-year college system already has one such program upon which to model future public-private partnerships.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Alabama-made Mercedes-Benz GL-Class named a top luxury SUV
on July 17, 2013

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, a full-sized SUV produced at the German automaker's Alabama factory, has been named amongKBB.com's 10 Best Luxury SUVs of 2013.

 

The GL was ranked No. 2 on the list from Kelley Blue Book, following the Land Rover Range Rover. The Porsche Cayenne, Lexus RX and Infiniti JX rounded out the top five.

 

The 2013 GL starts at about $65,000. Here's what the auto website had to say about it:

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


FreightCar celebrates milestone

By Bernie Delinski Staff Writer

July 18, 2013

 

BARTON - The yellow 57-foot, 6-inch long flat railcar on display Wednesday was the first FreightCar America assembled at the Barton Riverfront Industrial Park.

 

For FreightCar and Navistar Corp., as well as Shoals and state leaders, it also stood as a 54,800-pound symbol of progress at the mammoth plant, which has had its share of ups and downs.

 

"We've welcomed you to this plant a few times," David Bronner, chief executive officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, told the crowd who attended a ceremony inside the plant. "We've had a tough time but we made it."

Wednesday's gathering was a celebration of FreightCar starting production at the Barton plant. Company officials announced in February they were subleasing about 25 percent of the Navistar Corp. plant with plans to build up to 7,000 cars annually.

 

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[Florence Times Daily]

 

 


Bessemer City Council grants tax breaks to Consolidated Pipe for brownfield project

on July 17, 2013

 

BESSEMER, Alabama -- The Bessemer city council voted Tuesday to authorize Mayor Kenneth Gulley to execute a brownfield development agreement with Consolidated Pipe & Supply Co. Inc. that will grant the firm some tax breaks in return for a major renovation of an existing industrial facility and the creation of new jobs.

 

The Birmingham firm is buying and planning a major overhaul of the Baumann Coatings Co. facility located at 2095 Fourth Ave. SW in Bessemer.

 

Consolidated will spend $7,850,000 on the project, according to the text of the resolution passed by the council.

This sum will include both the cost of the land and the renovation of the facility, according to Bessemer City Attorney Shan Paden.

 

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[al.com]

 


Huntsville is a best destination for green travelers
Brent Godwin Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
July 18, 2013

TravelNerd has named Huntsville as one of the "Best Destinations for Green Travelers" in the nation.

Here is what TravelNerd has to say about Huntsville:

 

"Huntsville was named one of the topGreen Cities in the U.S. by The Green Guide because of its green initiatives.Operation Green Team was founded in 1977 and is focusing on reducing the amount of electricity and water used by the city buildings by more than $3 million over the next 20 years. Visitors at the Huntsville Botanical Garden will see thousands of native Alabama species such as butterflies, frogs, quail and turtles. Be sure to see Alabama's state tree, the Dogwood, on the western corridor of the garden - in full bloom, this is not to be missed. Harmony Park Safari offers visitors a chance to see antelope, buffalo, ostriches and crocodiles free-range."



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