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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:
Mercedes unveils Vance training center
Madison, Lee counties make CNN Money Magazine's 'Where the jobs are' list
An Alabama Town Revives Local Manufacturing With Bamboo Bikes
Leadership Alabama names 2013-2014 class
Madison City Council OKs $170,000 to buy right-of-way for I-565 interchange; project bidding begins
News Release-CBC INGS AMERICA, INC....Muscle Shoals, Alabama Manufacturing Facility.


Mercedes unveils Vance training center

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor

Published:  August 14, 2013 

VANCE | About 1,000 new employees will be joining the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International's workforce here in coming months, and many of them will be headed to the expanded automotive assembly lines.


But before the new workers start assembling vehicles on the factory floor, they will have to know the intricacies of the assembly line.


Starting next week, most of that hands-on training will be done in a new assembly training center in a building at the rear of MBUSI.


The assembly training center, which was dedicated Tuesday during a

ribbon-cutting ceremony, is in a building that was used for final checks of vehicles before they shipped to dealerships.




[Tuscaloosa News]






Madison, Lee counties make CNN Money Magazine's 'Where the jobs are' list

on August 13, 2013 


HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - CNN Money Magazine has included Madison and Lee counties on a national list of areas with the best employment opportunities, "making them great places to live and work," the news organization said.


Madison County ranked No. 7 on a list topped by Columbus County, Ga. (No. 1); Rockwall County, Texas (No. 2); Falls Church, Va. (No. 3); Guadalupe County, Texas (No. 4); and St. Johns County, Fla. (No. 5). Lee County ranked No. 22 on the list.


To see the complete "Where the jobs are" list in CNN Money Magazine, visit their website.


Using data from the U.S. Census and Onboard Informatics, CNN Money reports job growth from 2010 to 2012 was 11.5 percent in the Huntsville/Madison area. CNN Money said "U.S. military and private defense contractors are commanding growth in Madison County."









An Alabama Town Revives Local Manufacturing With Bamboo Bikes
August 12, 2013

A group of activists and artisans in the small Alabama town of Greensboro (population 2,497) are bucking the trend of declining manufacturing and unemployment across the South with an unlikely solution: making high-end bikes from bamboo grown on the side of the road.


"We are always looking for materials we can make something from, and neighbors are always complaining about how hard bamboo is to get rid of," explains Pamela Dorr, executive director of HERO, the community development nonprofit in Greensboro that's spearheading the project. "As we talked to designers and friends about what could be done, we learned about the DIY bikes at Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn and started working with them as a partner."


The result is a product line called HERObikes. The third model, the Semester, recently debuted on Kickstarter. Built from hexagonal tubes made from bamboo and lined with carbon fiber, "the look of the Semester Bike is designed to be minimal and sparse," says Door. The bike will retail for $850.









Leadership Alabama names 2013-2014 class
Ty West| Managing editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Aug. 14, 2013

The top executives at some of Birmingham's largest companies are among the members of the 2013-2014 class of Leadership Alabama.

Bayer Properties President Jeffrey Bayer, Hoar Construction President and CEO Rob Burton and Mayer Electric Supply Co.Chairman and CEO Nancy Goedecke are among a long list of Birmingham business leaders that will be part of the 2013-2014 class.


The statewide program brings together leaders from across the state to create a network for change and moving Alabama forward by seeking a mutual understanding of the state's problems and priorities.




Madison City Council OKs $170,000 to buy right-of-way for I-565 interchange; project bidding begins Aug. 30

on August 13, 2013 

MADISON, Alabama - One of Madison's biggest economic development projects is close to hitting the ground at County Line Road and Interstate 565.

The Madison City Council on Monday approved payment of $170,445 to buy right of way for the new interchange.


On Aug. 30, the Alabama Department of Transportation will let the estimated $30 million project out for bids. Bids also go out that day for improving Old Madison Pike from Slaughter Road to Research Park.


ALDOT officials said at a public meeting last November it wanted to start actual road construction for the new interchange this past spring with work completed by the end of 2014. Delays in getting the project ready for bids has delayed the timetable about six months.









Muscle Shoals, Alabama Manufacturing Facility


We would like to congratulate our client, CBC, on the announcement to construct a $24 million manufacturing facility in the Shoals Research Airpark in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The facility is expected to bring at least 118 full-time jobs by September 2016. The attraction of another automotive parts supplier is evidence of the confidence in the growing economy in the state.

The CBC plant marks the first manufacturing facility within the U.S. for the Japanese-owned company. The 120,000 square foot facility will be located on 13 acres, adjacent to North American Lighting, in the Airpark at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. During the company's search for the site, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings attorneys were involved in negotiations regarding incentives, real estate, construction, state and local taxes, and workforce development.

We are pleased to have had the privilege of being a member of the team that brought this valuable new employer to Alabama. We are confident that this is just the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship between CBC and the state.

For more information about the CBC project, please contact Chris Grissom at cgrissom@babc.com or at 205.521.8514.




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