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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:
Andalusia contracting company awarded $10 million contract from Corps of Engineers
NASA, contractors seeking potential business partners with Mobile forum Sept. 4
2013 a challenging year for AL peanut farmers
Leeds approves 5 year incentive package to bring Limbaugh Partners, Bag Company
Viva Health moves in, renames former Regions Plaza as new headquarters
Registration underway for Third Annual Alabama Launchpad and Entrepreneurship Conference

 


 

Andalusia contracting company awarded $10 million contract from Corps of Engineers
on August 26, 2013 
 

Carter's Contracting Services, Inc. of Andalusia was awarded an Army contract worth up to $10.1 million for work on the Dredged Material Placement Facility.

 

DMPF is an existing dredged material management island that requires the dikes to be raised to increase capacity. Work will include decommissioning six existing weirs, excavating, raising, clearing, maintaining and supporting new structures and dikes.

 

The contract was awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District.


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NASA, contractors seeking potential business partners with Mobile forum Sept. 4 

By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on August 26, 2013 
 

MOBILE, Alabama - Mobilians under the impressionAirbus is the extent of the Port City's aerospace reachmight learn a thing or two Sept. 4 when NASA returns to town.

 

The national space agency will be accompanied by a contingent of prime contractors, all available to meet with small- and medium-sized companies interested in obtaining contracts.

 

The forum, hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to area and regional businesses and slated to last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center.

 

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[al.com]


 

 


2013 a challenging year for AL peanut farmers

By Bryan Henry

Aug. 26, 2013

 

There was a time when Pike County farmer Billy Hixon left a dusty trail in his peanut field.  

"I remember the droughts we had," said Hixon.  
 
Now, it's the opposite.  
 

"I thought I was going to get stuck," said Hixon as his foot sunk into the soggy ground near a row of dead peanut plants.  

 

Too much rain for this part of Hixon's peanut crop to survive, a portion of it choked with high weeds as well. Agriculture leaders say this summer has been by far the wettest in recent memory. The constant rains prevented growers to spray down the weeds.  

 

"Whenever you plant you always run the risk of it not making it," Hixon said. 

 

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[WSFA]

 

 


Leeds approves 5 year incentive package to bring Limbaugh Partners, Bag Company

on August 26, 2013

 

LEEDS, Alabama -- The Leeds City Council tonight approved a five-year tax abatement package as an incentive to bring a manufacturing company to the city.

 

However, because that is half of the 10 years the company requested it is uncertain whether the company will make the move.

 

"We're looking at it," said president Dennis Limbaugh.

 

Limbaugh Partners has planned to move to a 20 acre parcel near Alabama Auto Auction, using five acres to locate Bag Company, which manufactures and distributes a variety of bags, including burlap, poly film and polypropylene bags. The remaining 15 acres was to be sublet as an industrial park for other businesses.

 

According to the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, the project would represent a $8.2 million capital investment in the site and would create 50 jobs on two shifts with an annual payroll of $1.8 million.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Viva Health moves in, renames former Regions Plaza as new headquarters (with slideshow) 

on August 26, 2013 

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Viva Health has taken nearly 60 percent of the former Regions Plaza building in the heart of downtown's central business district and has renamed the building after the growing Alabama health insurance company.

 

Viva held its official ribbon-cutting today in the lobby of the 18-story former Regions Plaza at 417 20th St. North and has renamed it the Viva Health Building. Viva is taking the top nine floors and a portion of the lobby for its 300 employees.

 

Cardwell Feagin, chief operating officer at Viva, said the insurance company, part of theUAB Health System, spent a year weighing different locations for its new corporate headquarters before choosing the former Regions Plaza. After seven months of renovations, the space is housing all of Viva's corporate operations and is giving it room to grow for the next decade.

 

"The space was perfect," Feagin said. "It had the room Viva needed to house our operations now and room for us to grow as part of our 10-year plan."

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 


 

  Registration underway for Alabama's only Innovation Conference

 

Join the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama on Sept. 26-27 for the third annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference that strives to celebrate the entrepreneurs and job creators who launch startups that help drive economic growth in the Alabama. We have a great lineup of speakers, including Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama native Ted Alling, one of the South's leading entrepreneurs and managing partner of the Lamp Post Group, where he actively recruits and mentors other entrepreneurs. 

 

                                      Early Registration ends Sept. 2

 

 

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Brad Feld, TechStars co-founder
William C. Taylor, Editor Fast Company

 

Andrew Chang, UPS Marketing Director
Samford University graduateTed Alling, CEO Access America Transport



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