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In this issue:
One Alabama city among best for tech startup
Athens State proposes science center
Roads to Airbus assembly plant in Brookley Aeroplex coming online
Birmingham economy under Bell marked by homeruns, increased city confidence
Faurecia workers vote against joining United Auto Workers unionVote could impact union effort at Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance

 


 


One Alabama city among best for tech startups
 Brent Godwin Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Aug 26, 2013

If you're looking for places that are ripe for technology startup companies, most people immediately think of Silicon Valley. But according to Entrepreneur.com, there's one Alabama city that should also come to mind.

 

On its list of the 25 best U.S. cities for tech startups, Entrepreneur.com ranks Huntsville at No. 14.

According to the Entrepreneur.com story, the list shows the U.S. metro regions with the highest ratio of tech startups compared to the national average.

 

Huntsville is the only city on the list from Alabama, and one of the only ones from the Southeast--the other two being Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

 

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Athens State proposes science center

By Bayne Hughes

Staff Writer 

August 25, 2013

 

The potential of the Alabama Center for the Arts has led Athens State University President Bob Glenn to look for another way to expand his university into Decatur.

 

Glenn has had discussions with Mayor Don Kyle and local industry executives about a science and technology center in Decatur.

 

Glenn proposes a $10 million center at one of the three city-owned former cotton warehouses near West Moulton Street in southwest Decatur. The problem: Athens State does not have start-up funding.

 

But Kyle said it's a proposal that could lead to another partnership between the city, Morgan County, Athens State and private industries. He said the city needs to be a co-promoter of the idea.

 

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[Decatur Daily]


 

 


 

Roads to Airbus assembly plant in Brookley Aeroplex coming online
August 23, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - While crews prepare the future site of the Airbus final assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex, Mobile County workers are getting closer to completing the road work necessary for industrial vehicles to deliver supplies to the sprawling, $600 million complex.

 

According to maps provided to the Press-Register/AL.com by county officials, six of seven existing roads have been renovated at the aeroplex, with one left which has been designed but not yet prepared.

 

Using $1.8 million through the county's Pay-As-You-Go program, crews have improved Nowlin, Madea, O'Donoghue and Fifteenth streets, as well as Perimeter Road and Michigan Avenue in several ways, including paving, improving drainage, grading, guardrails, traffic control and utility relocation.

 

 

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[al.com]

 


Birmingham economy under Bell marked by homeruns, increased city confidence

on August 25, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - In 2010, when Birmingham Mayor William Bell came into office, the city's unemployment rate was averaging 11.6 for the year. In July 2013, that number was down to 7.6 percent.

 

But Bell will be the first to tell you he can't take direct credit for creating those jobs that brought unemployment down. What Bell does take credit for is creating the conditions that allowed for that economic growth.

It's hard to argue.

 

Visible signs of Bell's accomplishments are easy to find.

 

His biggest homerun may have been building Regions Field, the $65 million baseball park that brought the Birmingham Barons baseball team back to Birmingham from Hoover.



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Faurecia workers vote against joining United Auto Workers unionVote could impact union effort at Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor | The Tuscaloosa News

Workers at the Faurecia plant in Tuscaloosa voted against joining the United Auto Workers on Thursday.

 

The workers rejected the union by a vote of 86-62. The UAW challenged nine ballots, said Tom Scroggins, an attorney who represented a group of employees who did not favor unionizing the plant.

 

The Faurecia plant, located in the Airport Industrial Park, makes seating for the Mercedes-Benz auto plant in Vance. It is one of two plants that the French auto parts supplier has in Tuscaloosa County.


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[Tuscaloosa News]




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