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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 unemployment rate falls again, down to 6.3 percent in July
Dr. Selwyn Vickers comes back to UAB as new dean of its medical schoo
Carpenter Technology plant on track to open in April 2014, employ 200 in Limestone (photos)
Skilled trades gaining popularity as Mobile area training programs fill up
THE GOVERNOR'S FIRST PITCH
Alabama Dept. of Commerce Chief Tours Southern Research Institute
AEgis Geospatial Solutions Power Alabama EDPA Economic Development Database Upgrade
Edward Bell Technical Center holds open house
Regions Bank to be major sponsor of new College Football Hall of Fame
John McMillan: Agriculture grows despite tough economy

 


Alabama unemployment rate falls again, down to 6.3 percent in July 

on August 16, 2013 

Alabama's official unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in July, down from a revised 6.5 percent in June, and from 7.6 percent in July 2012, according to the Department of Labor.

Compared to last year, Alabama's unemployment rate is lower because about 29,000 that were previously without work have found a job. The size of the labor force is essentially unchanged over the past year (2.16 million).

Total jobs supported by the Alabama economy were down from June to July, but up about 1 percent over the past year. Private sector employment grew even more strongly, at 1.3 percent, while government employment shrank once again.

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[al.com]


 

 

 

 


Dr. Selwyn Vickers comes back to UAB as new dean of its medical school

on August 15, 2013

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Dr. Selwyn Vickers will be heading back South to assume the title of senior vice president and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, the university announced today.

 

Currently the chair of the surgery department at the University of Minnesota, Vickers previously spent more than a decade at UAB. He directed the section of gastrointestinal surgery at UAB from 2000 to 2006 before going to Minnesota, according to the UAB announcement. 

 

Born in Demopolis, Vickers, 53, grew up in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville and earned his baccalaureate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

 

"It is my great honor to return to Alabama and UAB, where my family and I created so many wonderful memories," Vickers said in the release. "I would like to thank President Ray Watts and the search committee for placing their trust in me."

 
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[al.com]

 

 

 


Carpenter Technology plant on track to open in April 2014, employ 200 in Limestone (photos) 

on August 16, 2013 

 

TANNER, Alabama - North Alabama leaders came together Thursday to catch a glimpse of a 160-ton press frame, which will be a major component of the world's largest hydraulic radial press at Carpenter Technology Corporation's new plant in Tanner.

 

On target to open in April 2014, Carpenter's $518 million facility spans 500,000 square feet and will eventually create 200 jobs at the site on Thomas Hammons Road in Limestone County. Eighty-two people are currently employed at the Tanner plant, which will be capable of producing 27,000 tons of specialty alloy products during the first phase of the construction project. 

 

With a hard hat, neon yellow mesh vest and safety glasses, Jeremy Nails, president and chief executive officer of the Morgan County Economic Development Association, toured the Carpenter plant with several other city and county officials Thursday.

 

"I think anything that's on this side of the river is ultimately going to benefit Morgan County also," he said. "A lot of their employees live in Morgan County and are already working here on site. We realize that people don't stop at the border to find good jobs."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Skilled trades gaining popularity as Mobile area training programs fill up 

on August 15, 2013 


MOBILE, Alabama - Closing the skills gap might be never-ending work, but to judge by the skyrocketing enrollment rates in several Mobile area training programs, interest in skilled trades is on the rise.

 

Lee Hammett, the Alabama Industrial Development Training Program's assistant director for south Alabama, said the statewide training initiative has gained unprecedented momentum in recent months.

 

"It's our mission to find jobs for our citizens and to help new and expanding industries across the state become successful through recruitment and training," Hammett told members of the Aviation and Aerospace Industry Advisory Council during Thursday's quarterly meeting.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

THE GOVERNOR'S FIRST PITCH
By Stephanie Nelson
August 16, 2013


Gov. Robert Bentley told city and industry leaders, as well as and Andalusia Chamber of Commerce members Thursday that to attract new business, Covington County must market and sell itself.

 

The answer was given after a question posed by the Covington County Economic Development Commission's Rick Clifton, who asked what the area could do to attract new business.

 

"The first thing you can do is 'sell your community,' " Bentley said. "To get industry to the area, you have to convince them that this is a wonderful place.

 

"There's a lot going for Andalusia," he said. "You have to get out and work. Take some trips. Recruitment is a people business. Sometimes you have to go to Paris, not for the sake of 'going to Paris,' but to tell people what you're all about."


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[Andalusia Star News]

 

 

 


 

 

Alabama Dept. of Commerce Chief Tours Southern Research Institute
August 15, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama's top commerce official was in Birmingham today to tour one of the state's earliest economic development projects-Southern Research Institute, a not-for-profit research organization chartered in 1941.

 

"The Southern Research Institute has been ahead of its time for many decades, and now it is a perfect fit with our economic development plan for Alabama's future-Accelerate Alabama," said Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. "We are actively targeting biotechnology and the scientific research it brings. We appreciate the trail that was blazed by Southern Research and hope to be working with them for many years."

 

"Southern Research was established in Alabama more than 72 years ago, but its reach and representation for this state is both national and international," said Art J. Tipton, Ph.D., Southern Research president and CEO. "Every day in our interactions we are working with clients all over the world and laying the foundation for scientific and engineering advancements for the next 75 years. Alabama is a good home base for us, and we were very pleased to have Secretary Canfield tour our facilities and meet the men and women who are working to solve real world problems and improve our health, our nation's security and the environment."

 

 

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[Fort Mills Times

 

 

 


 

 

AEgis Geospatial Solutions Power Alabama EDPA Economic Development Database Upgrade

August 15, 2013

 

Huntsville, Alabama (August 15, 2013) - AEgis Technologies Group is working with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama to redesign its primary marketing tool for industrial buildings and sites in Alabama. The upgrade, which will be known as "Alabama Interactive," is expected to be live on EDPA's website by December 2013 and will provide even more information for businesses and site consultants considering conducting business in Alabama. The redesign is possible through the generous support of the private sector's investment in economic development for the state. 

 

Greg Knighton, an EDPA vice president said, "AEgis is designing the database for EDPA and helping us think through how we can make it as cutting edge and user friendly as possible." EDPA's website receives more than 2.4 million hits a year, and the buildings, sites, and communities database is its most visited section. "It's a means of marketing our entire economic development portfolio of assets," Knighton said. "The upgrade will allow us to market our industrial assets, our white-collar assets, office and research park assets, as well as our incubators and the technologies that represent our intellectual properties."

 

AEgis has been asked by the EDPA to improve this already impressive tool due to its unique capabilities in Geospatial Technology. Knighton said a sophisticated Geographic Information System is the cornerstone of the database, and users will be able to control a mapping product and turn on layers of information about the state. These layers will include basic information, such as transportation infrastructure and geo-political boundaries, as well as advanced information such as automotive and aerospace companies, universities and airports, according to Knighton. The site also will showcase the partners who make up EDPA, including those active in economic development roles, such as utilities and banks.

 

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[Directions Magazine]

 

 

 

 

 


Edward Bell Technical Center holds open house

By Robert Hudson

August 14, 2013


Community members of Camp Hill and Tallapoosa County got an early glimpse of what's to come as the building donning the name Edward Bell enters a new era.


An open house was held Tuesday for the new Edward Bell Career Technical Center in Camp Hill.


The center is located in the former Edward Bell School building and will provide courses for area high school students in welding, pre-engineering and robotics, law enforcement, distance learning, health science and information technology.


Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joseph Windle said the center will help students obtain the skills that business and industries in Alabama are looking for in the workforce.


"What does this mean to Tallapoosa County? I think it's a game changer because it contributes to economic development," Windle said. "When companies, businesses and industry are looking for places to relocate, they want to know that they can get the workforce that they need. The skills we are developing here are based on what workforce development, business and industry people say they need. These are the jobs of the future. Between now and 2020, these are the job skills we need."

 

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[Alex. City Outlook]

 

 

 


Regions Bank to be major sponsor of new College Football Hall of Fame 

on August 16, 2013 

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -Regions Bank (NYSE: RF) will be a major sponsor of theCollege Football Hall of Fame, which is scheduled to move from South Bend, Ind., to Atlanta next year, the company and the Hall announced today.

 

The Birmingham-based bank will be the Hall's exclusive banking sponsor, and as a result will get a new forum for promotion and for financial education initiatives, said Regions Sponsorships director Paul Hodges.

 

"Partnering with the College Football Hall of Fame is a natural extension of the 20-year relationship we've had with the SEC and of our other collegiate partnerships," he said in a prepared statement.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

John McMillan: Agriculture grows despite tough economy
Aug 15, 2013 

The numbers tell the story: $70.4 billion. That's the sum total of the economic impact of agriculture, agribusiness and forestry on Alabama's economy.

Bear in mind, Alabama's economy each year generates $188.3 billion in goods and services, 37 percent of which comes from farming, forestry and agribusinesses. Among Alabama workers, 2 in 5 rely on farming, forestry and agribusiness for their livelihood.

The past decade has been a relatively good time for farmers as commodity prices - including poultry, beef, cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans and wheat - have reached and stayed at or near-record highs. Of course, offsetting these higher prices are costs such as energy, fertilizer and land, which have all trended higher in recent years.

The 21st century has seen the surging economies of India and China resulting in greater demand for Alabama farm products. Each year, we export billions in poultry, cattle, cotton, soybeans and peanuts to Asian markets. Alabama farm communities, as a result, are more prosperous.


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