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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 Governor visits Phenix City to discuss jobs
Consulting firm identifies I-65 site at Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road as 'ready-to-recruit' data center
Southern legislators meeting in Mobile for 4 days
WHAT'S WORKING: Blount County looks to boost tourism and jobs
Alabama Engineering Firm to Deploy Mobile Apps for Construction Materials Testing, Quality Control and Report Delivery


Alabama Governor visits Phenix City to discuss jobs 

PHENIX CITY, Ala. -Governor Bentley was in town Thursday afternoon as part of his "Road to Economic Recovery" tour.

He says the purpose of the tour is to visit communities and discuss local economic conditions and state-level efforts to attract more jobs to the state.

He visited Russell County, which reported an 8.5% unemployment rate in June, and gave his plan to help with job growth.


Bentley said two factors are important for attracting jobs to our area, the first being getting suppliers to come to the area.


"Suppliers coming into this area are very important and usually you'll get Tier 1 or Tier 2 suppliers and that's what we try to recruit and you want your local economic developers and your local elected officials to spearhead that, but we on the state-level can help that with incentives and help put together packages that will try to get companies to come to this area," says Bentley.









Consulting firm identifies I-65 site at Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road as 'ready-to-recruit' data centers 

on July 26, 2013 

ATHENS, Alabama - A 141-acre industrial site at the Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road interchange on Interstate 65 has been designated as "ready to recruit" data centers and technology companies by a consulting firm hired by TVA.


The Braly site in Athens was named a primary location for data centers by Chicago-based Deloitte Consulting, a firm hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority to identify and evaluate potential data center sites in the seven Southeastern states where TVA provides power. The designation will help the Limestone County Economic Development Association market the site.


"The data center market is experiencing tremendous growth, and we are glad to work with valley communities like Athens/Limestone County so that they can compete and attract data centers and other targeted companies," said John Bradley, TVA's senior vice president of economic development.






Southern legislators meeting in Mobile for 4 days
Posted: Jul 26, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Legislators from across the South will begin gathering in Mobile on Saturday for the annual meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference.


Alabama's speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, is chairman of the organization. Hubbard said the meeting will showcase some of Alabama's most effective programs, including workforce development and the Impact Alabama student service initiative. The speakers include former baseball and football star Bo Jackson.


Hubbard expects more than 1,000 people to attend the conference at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center. The event wraps up Tuesday.





WHAT'S WORKING: Blount County looks to boost tourism and jobs
Posted: Jul 25, 2013 
By Bettina Boateng 

Less than 45 minutes from Birmingham, Blount County is home to more than 57,800 residents often described as hard-working, faith-focused and family-oriented.


The country seat is Oneonta, a small city, geographically nestled in the southwest region of the county.

On the job front, the Alabama Department of Labor April 2013 data lists the county's unemployment rate at 5.0%; which is lower than that state's non-seasonally adjusted rate of 6.0%.  However like many other Alabama counties considered as rural,  Blount County has endured job losses. More than 80% of those who live in the county commute out of Blount for employment. As for industries in the area, the recession has affected the number of good available jobs as well.  At the end of July 2013,  American Apparel which once employed hundreds in Oneonta will officially close.


Amid the lack of industrial- type jobs, elected officials along with leaders at the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce are launching proactive steps to directly address attracting more companies to the county as well as people.





Alabama Engineering Firm to Deploy Mobile Apps for Construction Materials Testing, Quality Control and Report Delivery


MINNEAPOLIS, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Agile Frameworks, LLC, an independent software vendor (ISV) in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) vertical market, has signed a new client for its MetaField(R), AgilePort(R) and AgileStamp(R) cloud-based solutions.


TTL, Incorporated, whose headquarters are in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is a multidisciplinary engineering firm with seven offices in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The company provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, analytical laboratory testing and environmental consulting services.


H. Dean McClure, president and CEO, stated "TTL's diverse staff of highly specialized and advanced-trained scientists, engineers and technicians brings together wide ranging skills, insights and experience for the benefit of our clients. By remaining alert to new technologies and incorporating these new technologies into our corporate fabric, we enable our clients to get the best value for their money. We look forward to providing our clients with the latest in data visualization tools, exceptional quality and fast report turnaround."







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