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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 one of best states for doing business
UWA hosts interagency economic development forum
Mobile Regional Airport traffic continues climbing; new, expanded routes sought
NSA names Auburn University a center of excellence in cyber operations
Airbus posts three new engineering positions for A320 final assembly line in Mobile
Fourth Quarter 2013 ABCI Survey Open Now
Registration underway for Alabama's only Innovation Conference

 


 



Alabama one of best states for doing business
Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Sep. 9, 2013 

A report from Area Development magazine lists Alabama as the fourth-best state for doing business in the U.S.

That makes the fourth year in a row that Alabama is ranked among the top five for best states for business.

 

"We're spreading the message that Alabama is a great place to do business, and I'm proud that, once again, Area Development is recognizing Alabama's progress," said Gov. Robert Bentley in a press release.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 


UWA hosts interagency economic development forum

By Staff Reports

September 9, 2013


LIVINGSTON - The University of West Alabama recently welcomed some 40 participants at an interagency rural community and economic development forum. 

 

The event offered an interactive discussion on how local stakeholders can strengthen the local economic development system.

 

The free admission forum was designed to bring together local small business bankers, chambers of commerce, elected officials, financial intermediaries, small business technical assistance providers, economic development agencies and other small business stakeholders from across the region.

 

The event served as an opportunity for representatives from a host of organizations and businesses to communicate their innovative and flexible sources of capital available to increase the area's small business knowledge of available products and services.

 

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[Demopolis Times]

 

 


Mobile Regional Airport traffic continues climbing; new, expanded routes sought 

on September 08, 2013

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Improved connectivity through aggressive courting of both new and legacy carriers are the official marching orders for Mobile Regional Airport as the city braces for unprecedented growth.

 

"We've got a plan. It's prioritized. It's scheduled, and we're going to execute that plan. We're going to meet with these airlines and build a robust pitch tailored to meet their needs, and we're going to attack them," said Roger Wehner, the airport authority's executive director. 

 

In the short term, that means continuing to convene the Air Service Task Force that Wehner said is working diligently to quantify, analyze and truly define the market in support of the airport authority's business case for new and expanded service.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


NSA names Auburn University a center of excellence in cyber operations

September 6, 2013 

Special to the News - Auburn University

 

Auburn University is one of four universities selected by the National Security Agency to carry the designation of a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. Joining Auburn are Carnegie Mellon University, Mississippi State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

 

The program is designed to cultivate more U.S. cyber professionals in an ever-changing global environment.

 

"Auburn has devoted significant resources and interdisciplinary rigor across campus to expand new cyber initiatives and extensive collaboration with external organizations," said retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs at Auburn.

 

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[Opelika Auburn News]

 

 

 

 

 


Airbus posts three new engineering positions for A320 final assembly line in Mobile

on September 09, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus Americas announced Monday morning the company is seeking liaison engineers in three key areas for the aircraft assembly line under construction at Mobile'sBrookley Aeroplex.

 

For the unacquainted, liaison engineers provide "critical, time-sensitive engineering support" to ensure Airbus aircraft meet the "highest standards of safety and reliability," according to the job postings.

 

Specifically, liaison engineers who specialize in installation, structure and systems are needed for the Mobile facility. All three positions require a minimum of 10 months training abroad.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

                                             Fourth Quarter 2013 ABCI Survey Open Now

 

The Center for Business and Economic Research in UA's Culverhouse College of Commerce invites the state's business executives to take the Q4 2013 Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) survey.  In just a few minutes, you can add your opinion to forecasts specifically targeted to Alabama and the four largest metro areas.

 

The fourth quarter 2013 ABCI survey is open through Sunday, September 15.  Sign in or register as a new panelist and take the brief survey at http://cber.cba.ua.edu/abci.  Participation and responses are kept strictly confidential. 

 

Now in its 48th consecutive quarter under the auspices of UA's CBER, the ABCI survey has been on target in its forecasts of economic trends.  ABCI newsletters with results for the state and the Birmingham-Hoover, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery metro areas  are available at http://cber.cba.ua.edu/abci/results.html.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

             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. 

 

                                 

 

For conference agenda and more details visit the main conference website:

 

 

 

Registration pageRegister Now

 

 

 

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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