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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:
With paper mill closing, state officials look to future
Alabama Launchpad assembles nation's top speakers in start-ups and entrepreneurship
Viewing the future of Birmingham development through a windshield
Phenix City taking new approach to promotion: 'We have to push back against the negative'
Tuscaloosa development authority: Recruiting focus should be on filling jobs with qualified people
U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People
Alabama jobless rate ticks up, fewer people employed in August; blame school?
Alabama Launchpad to recognize organized angel networks' investments for startups that created more than 100 high-tech, high wage jobs for state
AGP BUSINESS SEMINAR "WORKFORCE"

 


With paper mill closing, state officials look to future

By Meredith Qualls For the TimesDaily

September 20, 2013

 

HILLSBORO - Standing at Jack Daniel's Cooperage, Lawrence County's new symbol of economic development, state officials discussed what they believe is a land ripe and ready for economic growth.

 

Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, and Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton, came to Lawrence County to "soften the landing" for residents concerned about International Paper's announced closing of its Courtland mill, Lawrence County's largest employer.

 

They spoke of potential opportunities at Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex, where the cooperage plans to open in May.

 

"There are a number of prospects that are interested in coming to Alabama because of the good, pro-business climate that we have created," Hubbard said. "Now this area, and this particular site, is going to be introduced to those particular companies."

 

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship  

 

 Alabama Launchpad has assembled some of the nation's leading experts in entrepreneurship and the start-up community for our Third Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference set for Sept. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.
 
 Gain valuable information about the importance of having a strong start-up ecosystem in Alabama and join us in celebrating the companies that are creating jobs and growing the state's economy.
 
 
Samford University's Brock School of Business grad Ted Alling

 


 Ted, a Vestavia Hills native who earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Samford University, has already established himself as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the South and is widely regarded as the leading young business-person in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He is a managing partner of the Lamp Post Group, where he actively recruits and mentors entrepreneurs. Along with his co-founders Allan Davis and Barry Large, Ted's visionary leadership as CEO of Access America Transport led directly to its organic growth into $360 million in revenue in 2012 after 10 consecutive years of organic growth. Ted also founded AAT Carriers, an asset based trucking company specializing in the transport of weapons and hazardous materials, as well as Reliance Partners, a full-service insurance agency. While at Samford, Ted and his partners were named Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year in 2010. Ted serves on the board of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He cites the quote, "Luck favors the bold," when discussing startup success.

 

 

For More information, alabamalaunchpad.com/i3

 

 

Register Now: Alabama Launchpad Registration

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


Viewing the future of Birmingham development through a windshield
on September 19, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A bus tour of Birmingham commercial real estate professionals revealed looks at suburban offices, downtown towers, a hospital 12 years in the making and redevelopment plans around Railroad Park.

 

The Alabama Chapter of NAIOP commercial real estate development association held its bus tour to showcase properties from Liberty Park to the Central Business District. Jim Searcy, executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, was the tour guide.

 

The tour started and ended at the Westin Birmingham and the Uptown entertainment district next to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

 

 

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Phenix City taking new approach to promotion: 'We have to push back against the negative'

By LARRY GIERER - lgierer@ledger-enquirer.com

Published: September 17, 2013  


Saying that it is a "sad dog who doesn't wag its own tail," Mayor Eddie Lowe announced Tuesday morning a new campaign to promote the positive aspects of Phenix City.

 

The campaign is called "Positively Phenix City" and invites people to "Come Grow With Us."

 

"Every time somebody says something negative to you about Phenix City, I want you to tell them 10 positive things. We have to push back against the negative," Lowe said at a press conference attended by several city officials and workers at the Central Activity Center. "It is a challenge to our citizens."

 

Economic Development Manager Shaun Culligan called it a "rebranding" for the city that will emphasize Phenix City's many good points.



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Tuscaloosa development authority: Recruiting focus should be on filling jobs with qualified people

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor

September 20, 2013 

Tuscaloosa County has built a strong manufacturing base over the years. But if it hopes to expand further, it now has to build a highly skilled workforce to fill the manufacturing jobs of the 21st century.

 

That was the word Thursday from Dara Longgrear, executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority, the county's recruiter of industry.

 

Longgrear told his board that the major concern of TCIDA's recruiting strategy going forward will be making sure there are enough skilled workers with the highly technical training needed to serve new and existing manufacturers.

 

"We have to address our workforce training," he said, noting manufacturers provide some of the best paying jobs with the best fringe benefits.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 


 

U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People

By Stephanie Clifford

September 19, 2013

 

GAFFNEY, S.C. - The old textile mills here are mostly gone now. Gaffney Manufacturing, National Textiles, Cherokee - clangorous, dusty, productive engines of the Carolinas fabric trade - fell one by one to the forces of globalization.

 

Just as the Carolinas benefited when manufacturing migrated first from the Cottonopolises of England to the mill towns of New England and then to here, where labor was even cheaper, they suffered in the 1990s when the textile industry mostly left the United States.

 

It headed to China, India, Mexico - wherever people would spool, spin and sew for a few dollars or less a day. Which is why what is happening at the old Wellstone spinning plant is so remarkable.

 

Drive out to the interstate, with the big peach-shaped water tower just down the highway, and you'll find the mill up and running again. Parkdale Mills, the country's largest buyer of raw cotton, reopened it in 2010.

 

Bayard Winthrop, the founder of the sweatshirt and clothing company American Giant, was at the mill one morning earlier this year to meet with his Parkdale sales representative. Just last year, Mr. Winthrop was buying fabric from a factory in India. Now, he says, it is cheaper to shop in the United States. Mr. Winthrop uses Parkdale yarn from one of its 25 American factories, and has that yarn spun into fabric about four miles from Parkdale's Gaffney plant, at Carolina Cotton Works.

 

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Alabama jobless rate ticks up, fewer people employed in August; blame school?

on September 20, 2013

Alabama's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in August, up from 6.2 percent in July. 

The rate fell because fewer Alabamians were considered employed in August than in the prior month. According to the Department of Labor, 2,015,349 Alabamians held a job in August, compared to 2,024,451 in July, a difference of about 9,000.

The number of unemployed persons held flat, at around 134,000. 

Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says employment numbers can go down in August relative to July when students with jobs return to school. Students are considered neither employed nor unemployed. "This is somewhat expected at this time of year," he said through a statement.

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  Alabama Launchpad to recognize organized angel networks' investments for startups that created more than 100 high-tech, high wage jobs for the state

 


 Angel networks play an important role in vetting early stage companies and pooling resources to invest in the most promising high-growth companies. Angels also provide mentoring crucial for new business founders in addition to organizing capital of investors. The number of angel networks in the state has grown frome one in 2006 to six statewide.

 

  

Join Alabama Launchpad on Sept. 26-27 as we celebrate the angel network investment of more than $10 million in the state's startups, creating more than 100 high-wage jobs.

We shine the spotlight on these angel networks in the state: 

 

 

 

 


AvaLAN Wireless
Halo Monitoring
Synapse Wireless
TNG Pharmaceuticals
VIPAAR




 

 For more information, alabamalaunchpad.com/i3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


 

  

  

 

AGP BUSINESS SEMINAR "WORKFORCE"

 

Join AlabamaGermany Partnership on September 26 for

Business Seminar "Workforce" at the Robotics Technology Park in Tanner and receive valuable information on how to improve the future of your workforce. 

 

Learn from two German companies (MBUSI & REHAU) that successfully have tailored curriculum and programs to their specific needs, and attracts employees that are likely to stay long-term. Three community colleges will present their experience working on education that fits into the business world including apprenticeships.

 

GACC will present their involvement in vocational training including official certification. RTP, CARCAM, AIDT, and ATN will introduce their organizations and present many resources that is available to the companies here in Alabama. The seminar will end with lunch and a tour of the Robotics Technology Park.

 

For more information  - (Please link to) http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7u8dwznab&oeidk=a07e82mh25na6211d4a&oseq=   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  




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