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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:
Bentley will try to save paper mill
Axis facility positioning itself to compete for global DuPont expansion investments
Gov. Robert Bentley talks about streamlining state government, stimulating economy at Hoover chamber
The Edge to graduate first start-up business
One City One Vision kicks off public planning sessions
Registration underway for Alabama's only Innovation Conference



Bentley will try to save paper mill 

By Meredith Qualls For the TimesDaily |

Sept. 13, 2013


Gov. Robert Bentley has pledged to ask International Paper for six months "to see if we can't work something out" to avoid downsizing and eventual closure of the company's Courtland mill.


Bentley said in a speech Thursday that he dispatched state Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield to meet with plant officials today to "discuss and explore any possible options that could help prevent the loss of jobs."


IP announced Wednesday it will terminate production and the 1,096 jobs at the facility by March 31, citing decreased demand for the plant's products.


Bentley said he called company CEO John V. Faraci upon hearing the news.





Axis facility positioning itself to compete for global DuPont expansion investments 

By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 

on September 12, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Officials with DuPont are laying the groundwork for the company's agricultural chemical plant in Axis to vie for a $20 million expansion and possible future projects as the company executes its global growth strategy.


Steven Bonine, DuPont's manager of global grants and incentives, petitioned the Mobile County Industrial Development Authority Thursday morning to consider crafting an incentive package the Axis site can then use in building its business case to be selected to house the expansion project above other DuPont sites in China and Europe.


"This is going to be the first of several worldwide expansions for (DuPont's) crop protection (operations)..., and we are asking for a partnership," said Bonine, indicating tax abatements, training programs and even discretionary spending are all items typically considered when building incentive packages of this nature.








Gov. Robert Bentley talks about streamlining state government, stimulating economy at Hoover chamber
on September 12, 2013 

HOOVER, Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley today brought his message of streamlining state government and stimulating economic development to the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce.


Speaking to about 300 people at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel, Bentley said his administration has worked hard to reduce the size and scope of government since he was elected in 2010.


"When we came into office 2 years ago, Alabama was broke," Bentley said.




The Edge to graduate first start-up business
Staff report
September 12, 2013 

Zambooki Holdings will graduate today from The Edge-Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


It will be the first start-up business to graduate from the downtown business incubator facility.


The Edge is a joint project of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the city of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama' business school.




[Tuscaloosa News]









One City One Vision kicks off public planning sessions

Mayor Vaughn Stewart said Thursday night he wants the Model City to model itself after places like Oxford, Miss., Little Rock, Ark., and Chattanooga, Tenn. - cities that have, like Anniston, faced some hardships in their recent past, but were all able, in one way or another, to bounce back in a big way.

"The thing all those cities have in common is a strategic plan," Stewart said. "And they all started by going to their community and working with them to hear what they had to say."

Stewart was speaking at the City Meeting Center for the kickoff event of the first of three strategic planning workshops for Anniston's One City One Vision program. The workshop was a public meeting event, designed to get input from within the community on the direction residents want for Anniston.





             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:




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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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