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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 vice chancellor Jo Bonner talks about his new role
High national ranking shines a light on Lawson State programs and impact
Alabama and Tennessee team for effort to land 1 of 6 FAA drone test sites
NASA networking event giving Fairhope native chance to showcase space agency's 'Next Great Ship
Alabama gets high marks in economic development magazine's rankings
Lack of hospitals, healthcare services are key roadblocks to job growth in Alabama's rural counties
Registration underway for Alabama's only Innovation Conference

 


Alabama vice chancellor Jo Bonner talks about his new role

By Ed Enoch
Staff Writer | The Tuscaloosa News
Published: September 1, 2013

Former U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner envisions his new role as the vice chancellor for government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System as nothing new for the system or himself.

 

"In many ways, I find myself doing what I have always done and that is connecting people to people," Bonner said.

Bonner, who joined the UA System staff on Aug. 16 in the recently created vice chancellorship position, offered the example of former UA System Chancellor Malcolm Portera's involvement in the recruitment of Mercedes-Benz in the early 1990s as a template for his role in economic development.

 

Bonner, who resigned from the U.S. House on Aug. 2 to take the system job, said he would build on the work of Bill Jones, who retired as director of government relations for the system in the spring.

 

UA System Chancellor Robert Witt said Bonner's first priority will be lobbying for the system in Montgomery, but he believes the former congressman's economic development responsibilities will dovetail seamlessly with the government relations responsibilities.

 

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High national ranking shines a light on Lawson State programs and impact

on August 30, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Lawson State Community College has offered an accessible, affordable college education to thousands of students, especially those in the western part of the Birmingham metro, since it was created in 1965.

 

Increasingly, students at Lawson State are finding themselves getting trained and placed in good jobs in such industries as health care and automobile manufacturing.

 

And Lawson may finally be getting some overdue recognition -- national recognition.

Lawson State has been named one of the top community colleges in the nation in the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

 

Lawson State ranked no. 5 in the publication's Best Community Colleges category and was the only community college in Alabama to rank in the top 50, according to a news release from the school.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Alabama and Tennessee team for effort to land 1 of 6 FAA drone test sites

on September 02, 2013 

You won't find the ISR Group's Unmanned Aerial System Research and Test Center during a leisurely drive through the woods of southwest Tennessee.

 

It takes an effort - and an escort - to get to the company's testing facility on 6,000 gated acres near Savannah, Tenn. But, if efforts by Alabama and Tennessee are successful, the remote facility could become one of only six nationwide sites approve by the Federal Aviation Administration for testing of UAS, more commonly known as drones.

 

Alabama and Tennessee have submitted a joint application in an effort to be selected as one of the six FAA UAS testing sites. Alabama originally submitted a stand-alone application with plans to locate the testing site on Redstone Arsenal, home to the Army's Program Executive Office for Aviation, which manages helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

FAA regulations, however, said the testing facilities can't be part of any existing federally owned property. That stipulation led to the joint effort between Alabama and Tennessee and the selection of the ISR location as the potential testing site. Each of the FAA sites will be used to develop methods and systems to integrate UAS flights into the nation's airspace. The emphasis will be on commercial uses for the drones, ranging from precision agriculture to environmental monitoring.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


NASA networking event giving Fairhope native chance to showcase space agency's 'Next Great Ship'

on September 02, 2013 
 

MOBILE, Alabama - Folks eager to learn the ins and outs of doing business with NASA will not be the only ones getting an education Wednesday.

 

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will host the national space agency for a business-to-business forum for small- and mid-sized businesses across the region from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center.

 

But Fairhope native Todd May, manager of NASA's Space Launch System Program and a key presenter during the forum, will also tell the public about the national space agency's new heavy-lift launch vehicle from the deck of the USS Alabama at 5 p.m. and is slated to speak at his alma mater, Fairhope High School, at 10 a.m. Sept. 5.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


Alabama gets high marks in economic development magazine's rankings

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA - Alabama ranked in the Top 10 in six different categories inBusiness Facilities' 2013 Rankings Report, an annual report card of how U.S. states are performing in economic development.

The publication targets site consultants and economic developers.

 

This year, the magazine took a close look at states' energy rankings. Alabama ranked No. 1 in biofuels commercial production (cellulosic ethanol). This year's edition focused on the availability of cleaner energy at competitive prices as a top priority.

 

Alabama ranked second in automotive manufacturing strength, up from No. 7 last year. The magazine said Alabama "is coming on strong as a rising automotive powerhouse." The rankings placed a heavy emphasis on growth potential as well as production figures and industry trends.

 

Alabama also ranked second in the category of Most Improved Business Climate.

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 


 

Lack of hospitals, healthcare services are key roadblocks to job growth in Alabama's rural counties

on September 01, 2013

Dwindling healthcare services in Alabama's rural counties are hurting the regions' efforts to attract new jobs and investment, according to a statewide panel of economic developers.

 

The recruiters are part of a new initiative by the Economic Development Association of Alabama that's aimed at boosting rural economic development.

 

Their first step, identifying key needs and wants, turned up five things: rural incentives, workforce development, education of economic developers and politicians, communications and healthcare.

 

"What's happening in some of the areas is that they're losing hospitals," said Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority.

 

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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. 

 

                                 

 

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Samford University grad Ted Alling, CEO Access America Transport

 

Brad Feld, TechStars co-founder.

 
 
William C. Taylor, Editor Fast Company

 

Andrew Chang, UPS Marketing Director

 


 

 

 

    

 

 




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