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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:
Transparency, cooperation, reason top Gov. Robert Bentley's talking points to Mobile business community
Monday is deadline for discounted admission to EDPA's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference
Dale commission approves abatement for $15 million Pilgrim's Pride expansion
County Commission chips in to help ALGIX expansion
Wallace opens new welding facility
Mercedes-Benz sets global production record in first half of year (photos)
Alabama Power Foundation gives gateway grants to local cities
Process developed at Alabama licensed by Colorado company
Auburn University professors make breakthrough in development of handheld disease detection

 


 Transparency, cooperation, reason top Gov. Robert Bentley's talking points to Mobile business community 


on August 27, 2013

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's Tuesday message to the Mobile business community touted continued job creation and workforce development, but neither can be sustained without cooperation at all levels, he said.

 

"We have different ideas...and we can disagree, but we ought to disagree agreeably," Bentley told the sold-out crowd of 400 for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's Forum Alabama at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa.

 

"At some point we have to step back and say, 'It's the people we care about. It's the people we represent, not ourselves," Bentley said, adding, "We need to present Alabama as a great place, and recruiting industry is a people business."

 

In less than 30 minutes, Bentley touched on everything from accomplishments of the 2013 legislative session and his hopes for the 2014 session to oil spill recovery efforts, the state's overall economy and even local efforts to halt Plains Southcap from proceeding with a pipeline that would transport crude oil through Mobile's largest drinking-water supply.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Monday is deadline for discounted admission to EDPA's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

on August 27, 2013

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Monday is the deadline for purchasing discounted admission to the EDPA's third annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, an EDPA spokeswoman said today.

 

The conference, Sept. 26 and 27 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey, is being held in conjunction with the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Business Competition, which will hold its finals beginning at 9 a.m. on the 26th.

 

The business contest, in which five teams of entrepreneurs are competing for $100,000 in prize money, is free and open to the public. Admission to the conference costs $125 for entrepreneurs, $75 for students and $200 for corporate admission. After Monday those prices will increase to $150, $90 and $250, respectively.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Dale commission approves abatement for $15 million Pilgrim's Pride expansion

By Ebony Horton

August 27, 2013

 

OZARK-The Dale County Commission approved giving some help on Monday to a $15 million expansion planned for Pilgrim's Pride in Pinckard.

 

Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blankenship said non-educational state taxes on construction materials and equipment purchases would be abated for the expansion. However, Blankenship said at least the local sales tax will remain to improve the damaged roads near Pilgrim's Pride's facility.

 

Pilgrim's Pride has been located in Pinckard about four years ago. The expansion, which involves constructing a feed manufacturing plant next to its new grain receiving facility, is expected to cost $15,312,705 and result in 23 additional jobs.

 

According to a news release, Pilgrim's Pride is the second-largest chicken producer in the world, with corporate headquarters in Greeley, Colo. The annual estimated impact of the company in Dale County was projected in 2008 to be $60 million.

 

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County Commission chips in to help ALGIX expansion

By Tim Reeves

August 26, 2013

A company who only recently began operations has announced another expansion, both in the investment in the company and in the employees they plan to hire.

 

During Monday's meeting of the Dallas County Commission, commissioners unanimously approved an abatement package that would assist ALGIX in a $2.46 million expansion of their algae-to-plastic operations.

 

"They really are doing something tremendously special out there," Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard said following Monday's meeting. "These abatements are of taxes we are not receiving now, so we are not out any money, and it gives this company some assistance with their expansion."

 

The company, located in Marion Junction, takes algae from the ponds of surrounding catfish farming operations and uses in the creation of a bio-degradeable plastic with "many applications.


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Wallace opens new welding facility

By Jay Hare

August 27, 2013 

 

The sound of grinders and welding torches filled Wallace Community College's new welding lab Tuesday afternoon, but the usual haze of smoke and dust associated with welding was absent.

 

The new $1.7 million welding lab's design provides a more open atmosphere and new ventilation technology helps keep the air clear. Wallace Community College welding instructor Joey Jackson said the clearer, cleaner atmosphere was just one of the benefits of the new building. Jackson said the new facility, which opened in August, has updated welding equipment, a sizable lecture room and most importantly, enough space to accommodate students in a growing Wallace Community College program.

 

Jackson said more students have been taking the program in recent years as opportunities in the career field have opened up. Jackson currently has 40 students in the program and other students are waiting to join.

 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 


Mercedes-Benz sets global production record in first half of year (photos)

on August 27, 2013 

 

Mercedes-Benz plants around the world, including the German automaker's Tuscaloosa County operations, set a global production record in the first half of 2013.

 

The plants produced more than 700,000 vehicles, Mercedes parent Daimler AG said.

 

The increased production came as the company also set a sales record for the first half of the year. Worldwide sales increased 6.4 percent to nearly 700,000 vehicles.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


  

Alabama Power Foundation gives gateway grants to local cities
Aug 27, 2013 

The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded more than $33,000 in Gateway grants to provide materials for signs that greet visitors to cities, towns and communities across the state.

 

This year, the Gateway grant program will help 16 communities welcome visitors and potential new businesses by providing funding to support well-designed entrances. The program helps communities remain beautiful and vibrant.

 

"The Alabama Power Foundation has a goal of strengthening the communities we serve," said John Hudson, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. "Providing an attractive gateway into these communities can help spur economic development and maintain civic pride."

 

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Process developed at Alabama licensed by Colorado company

By Ed Enoch

Staff Writer | The Tuscaloosa News
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Colorado-based company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.

 

ION Engineering in Boulder, Colo., has licensed a carbon-capture process using imidazole solutions, or solvents, developed by Jason Bara, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at UA. The clean energy company funded Bara's early work on a more energy-efficient solution through a sponsored research agreement, according to CEO Buz Brown.

 

Bara started working with solvents and carbon capture as a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but said he did not begin working with imidazole, a commercially available organic compound, until after arriving at UA in 2010.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]


 

 


Auburn University professors make breakthrough in development of handheld disease detection

on August 27, 2013


AUBURN, Alabama -- Two Auburn University professors have developed technology that could be the beginning of a handheld device that would allow health care professionals, first responders and others to quickly do blood tests in the field for a variety of illnesses. 

 

The university announced today that Associate Professor Christopher Easley and Professor Curtis Shannon, both in the department of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, have made a breakthrough in their research work.

 

"This new technique is rapid and accurate," Easley said. "We can get results in three minutes compared to current lab technology which takes six hours. Our technique is also very flexible in that it should require relatively minor adjustments to detect hundreds of other proteins that are bio-markers for diseases."

 

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