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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's approach to educating workers could become worth emulating
Manufacturing town hall touts diversification, bipartisan cooperation to revive ailing industry.
RAPA receives tax abatements; soon to open Auburn facility
State boards approve $33 million bond issue for industries, refinancing of $140 million
Company relocating to Pell City, bringing 70 jobs
Wallace center to be used for training
3 Alabama cities ranked as top cities in the South for computer programmers
Wallace College hosts job fair, creates opportunities
DynCorp International welcomes home 6 helicopters after successful deployment in Afghanistan

 


Alabama's approach to educating workers could become worth emulating

on August 07, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The head of the Alabama Department of Commercesaid today the linkage of workforce development, education and economic development in the state could someday become a model for other states to follow.

 

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield anchored a panel of education and workforce development experts hosted by the Birmingham Business Alliance at a luncheon today. He said the approach the economic development and education communities are taking to adjoin their efforts is already being noticed by others and he hopes it is successful enough for others to copy.

 

"We are in a strong position relative to the other 49 states because of the alignment between education and economic development," Canfield said.

 

Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama superintendent of education, shared the panel with Canfield, Dr. Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System; and Dr. Phillip Cleveland, director of career tech workforce development for the Alabama Department of Education.

 

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[al.com]

 


Manufacturing town hall touts diversification, bipartisan cooperation to revive ailing industry

on August 07, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - A rebounding manufacturing sector holds promise for the U.S. economy and Alabama, but hosts of a Wednesday night town hall meeting argued sustained vigilance is the only way to ensure "Made in America" becomes a philosophy and not just a slogan.

 

"I assure you, the city of Mobile understands that being a manufacturing city is the only way to ensure our solid and prosperous future," Mobile City Councilman John Williams told a crowd of about 75 gathered at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.

 

"Made in Mobile means made in America. I assure you, Mobile is a partner and will have a place at the table with the alliance and with this program," Williams said.

 

The alliance in question is the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Wednesday's town hall was the latest in about 70 the bipartisan organization has hosted since 2007. The panel discussion - anchored by alliance president Scott Paul; Dan Flippo, director of the United Steelworkers ninth district; and Michael Martin, communications director for the Alabama AFL-CIO - was followed by a question-and-answer session and was intended to open dialogue about sustaining and growing a manufacturing sector that has only in the past two years begun to recover from a devastating decade of layoffs, plant closures and serial offshoring of jobs.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


RAPA receives tax abatements; soon to open Auburn facility

By Annie Hubbell
August 7, 2013

The German based auto supplier Rausch & Pausch LP, also known as RAPA, will soon be opening its North American headquarters in Auburn.

 

The technology based company produces automotive valves and control blocks.

 

"This is a start, stop technology for Jeep and Zed-F transmissions, and what I mean by that is when you come to a stop your engine cuts off and then when you start again it cuts back on and it's a gas saving valve that has been in German cars for a while and they're bringing this technology to the United States," explains City of Auburn's Director of Economic Development, Phillip Dunlap.

 

Tuesday, the Auburn City Council approved a resolution giving tax abatements to RAPA in order for the company to purchase new equipment for its facility in Auburn Technology Park West.

 

"It's an incentive to help in the recruitment to Auburn and here to Alabama. It reduces a portion of their taxes for up to ten years, but it does not reduce the school taxes or the hospital taxes or the children's home," says Dunlap.


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[WTVM]

 

 


 

State boards approve $33 million bond issue for industries, refinancing of $140 million 

on August 07, 2013 

 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - State officials are issuing $33 million in bonds to keep promises to new and expanding industries and refinancing nearly $140 million in old bonds to save money.

Two state boards headed by the governor voted unanimously Wednesday to refinance $1.9 million in bonds sold in 2001 for improvements at state parks and $137.7 million in bonds sold between 2001 and 2005 to pay for incentives the state promised new and expanding industries.

 

The bonds had been at interest rates of 4.5 percent to 5 percent. Bernardi Securities will handle $1.8 million of the refinancing at 1.95 percent interest. Bank of America Merrill Lynch will handle $137.7 million at 2.47 percent. State Finance Director Bill Newton said the refinancing will save the state nearly $12 million.

 

"It's always good to save money," Gov. Robert Bentley said.

 

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[al.com]

 


 

 

Company relocating to Pell City, bringing 70 jobs
Aug 08, 2013
 
PELL CITY - A new company is moving into the city's industrial park, bringing an estimated 70 new jobs in the next three years.

St. Clair County officials said The Trinity Design Group LLC, which was founded in 2004, is relocating to the Pell City Industrial Park at 1107 Dowzer Ave. 
 
"The city of Pell City is excited that Trinity Design has chosen our community as their new home. It means so much to us to have new job opportunities available to our residents," Mayor Joe Funderburg said. "Their proximity to Honda as a customer is a good example of the ripple effect that one of our local industries can have on the growth of industry in the surrounding area." 
 
The Trinity Design Group LLC, which originally located in Bessemer, has maintained long-term client partnerships with companies such as Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Georgia Pacific, Johnson Controls and Volkswagen of Chattanooga. 

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Wallace center to be used for training

By Ben Montgomery Staff Writer 

August 8, 2013

 

The vacant Lurleen B. Wallace Developmental Center on U.S. 31 will be used as a regional training institute by the Alabama National Guard, a Guard spokesman said Wednesday.

 

Col. Dennis Butters, spokesman for the Guard, said there is a need for expanded training facilities in the area. Alabama has the sixth-largest Guard in the nation and is first per-capita with more than 11,000 soldiers.

 

State officials are calling the Guard's takeover of the center an "economic development announcement." Gov. Robert Bentley was at the center today  to make the announcement.

 

"Anything that's announced for an empty or underused facility that could enhance the county is considered an economic development," said Jeremy Nails, president of the Morgan County Economic Development Association.

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 


3 Alabama cities ranked as top cities in the South for computer programmers

on August 08, 2013 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - New York-based consumer finance site ValuePenguin has ranked Huntsville, Birmingham-Hoover and Montgomery on a list of best Southern cities for computer programmers, one of the fastest-growing professions worldwide.

 

The Rocket City ranked No. 2, Birmingham-Hoover No. 12 and Montgomery No. 13 on a list with 17 other major Southern metros, including Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville, Fla., Dallas, Atlanta and Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas.  

 

ValuePenguin, which is working on a series highlighting Top Cities in the U.S. for different professions, examined three main factors in the study: salary, cost of living and location quotient. ValuePenguin co-founder Brian Quinn said the location quotient measures the concentration of computer programmers in each city as a proportion of all jobs related to the national average.


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[al.com]

 


Wallace College hosts job fair, creates opportunities

August 7, 2013

 

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Selma) is tired of hearing misconceptions about the reasons for high unemployment throughout Alabama's 7th Congressional District and the Black Belt as a whole.

"People are out of work not because they don't want to work," Sewell said. "But rather, because they lack opportunities."

 

Wednesday's second annual Congressional Job Fair, held at Wallace Community College Selma, was a chance for the unemployed and underemployed members of the public to meet with companies offering those all-important job opportunities.

 

More than 50 companies had booths and representatives on hand for Wednesday's event in the WCCS gymnasium - a number that Sewell was glad to see.

 

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[Selma Times-Journal]

 

 

 


 

DynCorp International welcomes home 6 helicopters after successful deployment in Afghanistan (photos)

on August 06, 2013 

 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Six UH-1H helicopters arrived for maintenance Tuesday morning at the Huntsville International Airport's International Intermodal Center after a successful three-year deployment in Afghanistan.

 

DynCorp International, which recently formed a strategic alliance with Sierra Nevada Corporation and established a joint fixed-wing Aviation Center of Excellence in Huntsville, welcomed home the helicopters, which returned on an AN-124 jet aircraft. The helicopters were used to support personnel and transport equipment in southern Afghanistan.

 

James Myles, senior vice president for DynCorp's DynAviation Group, said the helicopters have flown a combined 8,000 hours, or 45 hours per aircraft per month, since 2010. The aircraft transported about 295,000 pounds of cargo and 38,000 DynCorp employees and other personnel.

 

The helicopters will be housed at the hangar in the International Intermodal Center to undergo maintenance and modifications to prepare for their next mission.

 

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[al.com]

 




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