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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:
Dothan airport authority lands $1 million federal grant to help aerospace sector take off
Courtland weighs future after mill
Summit: Keeping existing jobs important
Alabama governor to discuss workforce development at Thursday meeting of trade association
Public-private partnership helps push Alabama students to more success in AP courses
Our Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference starts today and ends Friday
PNC Foundation awards Women's Business Center in Mobile $10,000
Brasfield & Gorrie finishes Clay County medical center
NAITA to Host World Trade Dinner and Workshop Oct. 3-4

 


Dothan airport authority lands $1 million federal grant to help aerospace sector take off 

on September 25, 2013

 

Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority Inc. has been awarded $1 million in federal grant funding for infrastructure upgrades expected to help create 300 jobs and generate $7.5 million in private investment.

 

The funding, intended to help grow the region's aerospace sector by accommodating an aircraft maintenance and inspection business, were awarded Wednesday by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and will be used to make roadway and water system improvements to the regional airport servicing southeast Alabama.

 

The Dothan project joins 15 others in 11 states divvying $21.1 million to support economic development projects expected to create more than 2,500 jobs and cull an estimated $505 million in private investment.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Courtland weighs future after mill 

By Deangelo McDaniel For the TimesDaily 

Sept. 26, 2013

 

COURTLAND - Until a roaring horn signals the coming of a train, the loudest noise on the historic square in Courtland is the twinkling of water from a fountain.

 

It hasn't always been this way, though, for the tiny hamlet that lost a significant number of its male population when a group of volunteers helped Texas fight for its independence in the 1830s.

The square, which still has vestiges of the slavery that drove Courtland's economy, was once the hub of commerce in Lawrence County's lower valley.

 

Now, the tranquil settlement of about 700 residents is facing a battle for survival.



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Summit: Keeping existing jobs important

By Lance Griffin

September 25, 2013

 

The tenacity with which Dothan fought to lure Commercial Jet to the Wiregrass will be needed to keep it successful, the executive director of Mobile's Airport Authority said Wednesday.

 

Equating the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business to "bare knuckle boxing", Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner said competitors and other industry sectors are constantly working to take market share away from companies such as Commercial Jet.

 

Wehner delivered the keynote address at the Fourth Annual Wiregrass Economic Summit on Jobs Wednesday at the Dothan Civic Center. He said the Wiregrass should be excited about the location of Commercial Jet in Dothan because the industry is poised for growth, but said the area should remain vigilant so that it can not only retain current business, but remain attractive for other businesses as well.

 

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 Alabama governor to discuss workforce development at Thursday meeting of trade association

September 26, 2013

 

POINT CLEAR, Alabama - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to discuss statewide economic development issues with members of Manufacture Alabama.

 

The governor plans to discuss his plans for developing the state's workforce at the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Hotel Marriott in Point Clear.

 

Bentley will talk about the Governor's College and Career Ready Task Force. The governor established the task force in January as a way to help prepare students for the workforce.

 

The governor's speech will be part of Manufacture Alabama's 2013 fall meeting.

 

[DailyJournal.net]

 

 

 

 

 


Public-private partnership helps push Alabama students to more success in AP courses 

By Mike Cason | mcason@al.com 

on September 25, 2013 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- A public-private partnership to help more Alabama students take advantage of advanced placement courses is growing and is paying off, officials say.

 

State Superintendent Tommy Bice announced today that Alabama public high school students led the nation in the percentage increase in the number of qualifying exams passed in AP math, science and English courses over the last five years.

 

Officials attributed the success, in part, to the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program. APTIP is a joint project of the state Department of Education and A-Plus College Ready. A-Plus College Ready is a division of the A-Plus Education Partnership, a nonprofit organization that works to promote student achievement.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


   Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

  Our Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference starts today and ends Friday!

 

Thank you to all who will attend!

   

  

 The Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition final pitch event is at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel's Wyndsor Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

We are looking forward to seeing you 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 For more information,

 alabamalaunchpad.com/i3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


 

PNC Foundation awards Women's Business Center in Mobile $10,000

on September 25, 2013 
 

MOBILE, Alabama - The Women's Business Center Inc. received a recent $10,000 boost from the PNCFoundation, earmarked to help the small business resource center improve access to capital for clients in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

 

The grant will support the center's 12-month Credit Strong program - currently serving nearly 200 clients, business owners and community members in the two counties - via the purchase of educational materials while also covering operating expenses and staff salaries.

 

Cedric Hatcher, PNC regional president for the Gulf Coast, cited limited capital as the root cause for a 5.1 percent decrease in the number of women-owned startups in Mobile County, alone, since 2010.

 

"PNC is actively committed to reversing this statistic in the Gulf Coast community by providing the resources and financial foundation women need to succeed from the beginning," Hatcher said.

 

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[al.com]

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


Brasfield & Gorrie finishes Clay County medical center

Ryan Poe Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

Sept. 25, 2013

 

Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Wednesday announced the completion of the $44.6 million St. Vincent's Medical Center in Clay County.

 

Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie said in a release that the 160,000-square-foot facility, which it began building in April, will open Oct. 1 with a total of 64 private inpatient rooms.

 

The facility, which is adjacent to a 60,000-square-foot medical office building also built by Brasfield & Gorrie, was designed so it could expand to 250 beds in the future, the release said.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 


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