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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:
$787K to be spent on paving improvements in Gunter Industrial Park
Bentley's Road to Recovery visits Alex City
Business continues to boom in Opelika
Bentley announces funds to help expansion and job creation at Honda plant
Madison's SEA Wire and Cable donates more than $200K worth of wire, equipment Monday
Carpenter Technology's 160-ton hydraulic radial press frame to arrive soon from Germany to Decatur
What are the challenges facing Alabama's economic development?

 


$787K to be spent on paving improvements in Gunter Industrial Park 

Written by Brad Harper 

July 23, 2013

 

The state will pay more than $787,000 to improve the roads at a Montgomery business park, a move that the city hopes will pave the way for more jobs.

 

Gunter Industrial Park is home to 13 companies and about 4,500 employees.

 

Five of those companies have expanded in the past two years, but the city said no major work has been done to the roads since the early 1980s.

 

"They've had a lot of companies expand out there, so there's been increased truck traffic and employee traffic ... and it had gotten to the point where they needed something done," said Ellen McNair, senior vice president of economic development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Bentley's Road to Recovery visits Alex City
Posted: Jul 23, 2013

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley's Road to Economic Recovery tour is headed to Alexander City.

 

A spokesman for the governor said Bentley plans to tour city hall, stop by a city park, and see Central Alabama Community College during his visit Tuesday. He will wrap up the visit with lunch at an Alexander City restaurant.

 

Bentley spends a few days each month visiting towns to talk to residents and business owners about economic conditions, job creation and other issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Business continues to boom in Opelika
July 23, 2013

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -It is a gamer's paradise, and now Cyberzone is open in Opelika, attracting people from all over east Alabama and west Georgia.

"Auburn, Opelika, Beauregard, Phenix City and as far as Columbus are just astounded to see a place like this open up. So it's been wonderful, the community support has been great," explains owner and founder of Cyberzone, Simon Bek.

 

Bek and his family moved to Opelika two years ago and saw the need for a family entertainment center.

Cyberzone, which originated in Tennessee, is equipped with a 6,000 square foot laser tag arena as well as an arcade filled with games for every generation to enjoy.

 

"We have two sections. We have the retro section, or the "games of yesterday" which has your favorites like Pac Man, Galaga and Tetris. Then we have the "games of today" where we have the more popular games like Dance Dance Revolution and air hockey. So it's great for all generations to see," says Bek. 

 


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Bentley announces funds to help expansion and job creation at Honda plant
July 22, 2013

 

Gov. Robert Bentley has announced a $200,000 grant to secure 50 new jobs by aiding the expansion of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Talladega County.


 The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission, combined with an earlier $300,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded by Bentley, will make it possible to provide public water service to the Honda plant in Lincoln which currently employs about 4,000 people.

 

"Helping put Alabamians to work is a primary focus of my administration, and producing top quality vehicles is the focus of Honda," Bentley said. "Add the dedication, skills and enthusiasm of Alabama workers and you have a powerful formula for success."

 

The Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board will install nearly a mile of water line to the plant, which previously relied upon well water with a high mineral content.



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Madison's SEA Wire and Cable donates more than $200K worth of wire, equipment Monday

on July 22, 2013 

 

MADISON, Alabama -- SEA Wire and Cable in Madison has donated wire and equipment valued at more than $211,000 to the Alabama Aviation Center to be shared among five AAC campuses in Decatur, Ozark, Albertville, Mobile and Andalusia.  

 
Dr. Nancy Chandler, president of Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation Center, and Dr. Matthew Hughes, dean of instruction, joined SEA Wire and Cable President and COO Marty Clark on Monday afternoon at Calhoun Community College to accept the donation.
 
Kelcie Hathcock, marketing coordinator for Enterprise State Community College, said the materials will be used for training students in aviation maintenance technology classes. The Alabama Aviation Center offers courses on aviation maintenance, technical preparation, electricity and materials and processes.
 

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Carpenter Technology's 160-ton hydraulic radial press frame to arrive soon from Germany to Decatur

on July 22, 2013 

 

TANNER, Alabama - In the next few weeks, the world's largest hydraulic radial press frame will make its way from Germany to the Riverwalk Marina in Decatur, a spokesman with Carpenter Technology said Monday.

 

Carpenter Technology, which is building a $500 million, 500,000-square-foot facility in Limestone County, is preparing for the arrival of a 160-ton press frame, originally estimated to arrive between July 30 and Aug. 5.

 

Officials were expecting the frame to reach New Orleans this past weekend, but spokesman Bucky Rudolph said the arrival date has been delayed.

 

"It's still a little sketchy," he said. "Once the frame gets to New Orleans, it will have to clear customs, which could take a day or two. Once it clears customs, we will have a pretty firm timeline on when it's going to get into Decatur."



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What are the challenges facing Alabama's economic development? 

By Alan Alexander 

Editorial intern-Birmingham Business Journal

July 19, 2013

 

I recently had the opportunity to speak withLee Thuston, managing partner of Burr & Forman LLP, about the climate surrounding Alabama's economic development and how the state can continue improving.

 

He said that recruiting and developing a highly skilled workforce will be the greatest challenge in the coming years, and that those looking for jobs should consider entering the manufacturing industry because it can launch a career.

 

"We have to do a better job of getting people educated particularly with trade skills," Thuston said. "People have got to understand that these are extremely high paying and good jobs with very good benefits and great opportunities to advance in the companies, but we've got to have enough skill workers to supply the plant."

 

Thuston emphasized that the only way to recruit the right people is for the state's manufacturing industry to continue on its current path of development.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 




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