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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:
U.S. industrial output up as manufacturing rebounds
Community college mission evolving
Byard urges officials to make use of ADECA programs
Airbus rising: A320 final assembly line takes shape with first steel
Follow the money: Bishop State scholarships boosting access to skilled trades, higher wages
Auburn Cuts Ribbon on Hubbard Research Center
Ex-mayor: His town survived IP closings
Protective's Johns elected to UA Board of Trustees
SBIR grant leaders to be recognized at Alabama Launchpad Conference

 


 

 


U.S. industrial output up as manufacturing rebounds
Sept. 16, 2013

(Reuters) - U.S. industrial production rose in August as a bounce back in motor vehicle assembly lifted manufacturing output, a hopeful sign for the economy after growth got off to a slow start in the third quarter.

 

Industrial output increased 0.4 percent last month after being flat in July, the Federal Reserve said on Monday. The rise was in line with economists' expectations.

 

Manufacturing production advanced 0.7 percent, reversing the prior month's 0.4 percent drop, as automobile assembly rebounded 5.2 percent after slumping 4.5 percent in July.

 

 

 

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[Reuters]

 

 

 

 


Community college mission evolving

By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau

Sept. 16, 2013 

 

MONTGOMERY - When North American Lighting, Tasus and other manufacturing operations arrived in the Shoals, they needed skilled workers.

 

Northwest-Shoals Community College responded by developing industry-specific courses in injectable plastics and other specialities.

 

Talk to state officials about the community college system in Alabama, and they will talk about jobs. Not only the jobs students will hopefully get with their degrees and certifications, but the jobs leaders are trying to lure here.

Among the incentives being used in that recruiting process is the workforce development help offered by community colleges.

 

 

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[Florence Times Daily]

 

 

 

 

 

 



Byard urges officials to make use of ADECA programs

By Carly Omenhiser 

Sept. 14, 2013

 

The Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission welcomed Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Jim Byard Jr. during its annual meeting Sept. 12, hosted at the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center.

 

As director Byard, he oversees a staff of about 200 people and works with a budget of about $350 million.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Byard, who previously served as Prattville's mayor, to the position in 2011.


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Airbus rising: A320 final assembly line takes shape with first steel
on September 13, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus'A320 final assembly line at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplexleapt from drawing board to reality Thursday with the raising of the project's first steel column.

 

Airbus Americas spokeswoman MaryAnne Greczyn said the lone column is the first of many expected to form the physical assembly line building.

 

 The first one, she said, rises about 100 feet into the air.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


Follow the money: Bishop State scholarships boosting access to skilled trades, higher wages

on September 14, 2013

 

MOBILE, Alabama - With $84,000 in scholarships to award and a plan to nearly triple the welding stations available to students, Bishop State Community College is systematically realigning its curriculum to meet Mobile's workforce needs.

 

"We've invested a great deal of money into expanding our welding facility, and moving from 50 to 124 welding booths allows us to increase our capacity to train our welders to meet the skilled development demand," said Kathy Thompson, Bishop State's new dean of technical education and workforce development.

 

In addition, Thompson said one of her first tasks after joining Bishop State was to revise a grant request submitted to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education administered through the Build Mobile program to shift its focus toward "expanding our student population and really reaching out to those who can't afford to come to school," she said.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Auburn Cuts Ribbon on Hubbard Research Center
By Associated Press
Sept. 14, 2013 
 
AUBURN, Alabama -Auburn University is now home to the Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce. 


University officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the center Friday. It is designed to foster multidisciplinary research and generate economic development. It includes 20 high-tech labs and a super computer. Outside are two five-ton cranes for biofuels work.

 

Construction of the $28.8 million center began in late 2011. University officials said the building's namesake, House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn, helped secure $14.1 million in state funds to go with a federal grant of $14.5 million. Auburn University and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station provided the remaining funds, and they will fund the operation of the center.

 

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Ex-mayor: His town survived IP closings

By Deangelo McDaniel Staff Writer

Sept. 15, 2013

 

The former mayor of a Louisiana city that experienced two International Paper mill closings said the Tennessee Valley faces a regional challenge.

 

But it's one it can survive.

 

"You can bet that those places employees pass on their way to work will feel the sting," said Clarence Hawkins, former mayor of Bastrop, the county seat of Morehouse Parish in north Louisiana, near the Arkansas border.

 

The city lost a paper mill in the 1970s and another one in 2008. Both closings cost the region about 2,500 to 3,000 jobs, Hawkins said.

 

Unlike IP's announcement Wednesday that it would permanently shutter the Courtland mill by March 31, the company's final closure in Bastrop happened over time, he said.

 

"It had a negative impact on our economy, and a lot of our citizens moved away, but we survived," Hawkins said.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that he will try to save the 1,096 jobs at the Courtland facility.

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

 

 


 

Protective's Johns elected to UA Board of Trustees
Yann Ranaivo Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Sept. 13, 2013

Protective Life Corp. CEO John Johns was elected Friday to the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

System spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart told me that Johns replaces trustee John McMahon, who is retiring. McMahon nominated Johns, whose selection was passed on a unanimous vote, Reinhart said. Both Johns and McMahon recently made our list of Birmingham's Most Influential Executives.

 

Reinhart said McMahon praised Johns' leadership in business and knowledge of various subjects. Johns will represent the Sixth Congressional District, which includes the Birmingham region and parts of Tuscaloosa.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 

 


 

   SBIR grant leaders to be recognized at Alabama Launchpad Conference

  

 

Join Alabama Launchpad on Sept. 26 and 27 as we celebrate the job creation of the 35 Alabama technology companies that landed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants funding in 2012. 
 
 Collectively, these technology-based Alabama companies employ over 1400 people, and positioned Alabama as 17th in the country by securing the highly competitive awards.

 Please help us congratulate these companies for their significant contribution to Alabama's innovation economy: 

 

525 Solutions, Inc.

Tuscaloosa

Advanced Optical Systems, Inc

Huntsville

AEgis Technologies Group, Inc.

Huntsville

Analytical Services, Inc.

Huntsville

CFD Research Corporation

Huntsville

Correlated Magnetics Research

New Hope

CRM SOLUTIONS, INC.

Huntsville

deciBel Research, Inc.

Huntsville

DISCOVERYBIOMED, LLC

Birmingham

Dynsan

Madison

Five Stones Research Corporation

Hampton Cove

FreEnt Technologies, Inc.

Huntsville

Gleason Research Associates, Inc.

Huntsville

IERUS Technologies, LLC

Huntsville

Integrated Solutions For Systems

Huntsville

IntraMicron, Inc.

Auburn

K T Engineering Corporation

Madison

Kappler, Inc

Guntersville

Kord Technologies, Inc.

Huntsville

Lewis Innovative Technologies, Inc.

Moulton

nLogic, LLC

Huntsville

Optical Sciences Corporation

Huntsville

Photon-X, Inc

Huntsville

Pikewerks Corporation

Madison

Plasma Processes, LLC

Huntsville

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.

Huntsville

Q-Track Corporation

Huntsville

Radiance Technologies Inc.

Huntsville

Scientic, Inc

Huntsville

Sentar, Inc.

Huntsville

Streamline Automation, LLC

Huntsville

System Technology Associates, Inc.

Huntsville

THE SENTIENT CORP.

Harvest

Torch Technologies, Inc.

Huntsville

VIVO BIOSCIENCES, INC.

Birmingham

 

 

 

  

 

                                  

 

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