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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:
Mercedes-Benz set foundation for Alabama auto industry growth
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley stresses importance of entrepreneurs, innovators creating jobs (video)
Jasper auto supplier expands, adds 100 jobs and new facility
Getting Job Ready in Baldwin County
Auburn-Opelika named as top place to retire
Thank You to All Who Attended...Our Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference
Competition, innovation capture students' attention during 2013 Worlds of Opportunity (photos)

 


Mercedes-Benz set foundation for Alabama auto industry growth

Sept. 29, 2013

 

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - The three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz is still casting a glow over Alabama 20 years after the global automotive giant picked the state for its first U.S. passenger car factory.

 

Mercedes' decision, announced in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 30, 1993, represents the moment the foundation was laid for an auto industry that continues to add facilities and well-paying jobs across the state. With the Mercedes announcement, Alabama exploded onto the international business scene and began positioning itself to land billion-dollar projects.

 

"What Mercedes did for Alabama was that it gained the state marketing you really could not buy," said Bill Taylor, who headed the Mercedes plant from 1998 until 2009. "Mercedes coming to Alabama just put the state on the map across the globe. It made headlines all over the world."

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 


 


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley stresses importance of entrepreneurs, innovators creating jobs (video) 
on September 27, 2013

HOOVER, Alabama - Recruiting new industry to Alabama and helping existing companies survive are important parts of the state's economic plan, but that's not enough, Gov. Robert Bentley said today.

 

The state also must invest resources to help entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers start new companies that create jobs for Alabamians, the governor said at the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Hoover.

 

"We don't want to just import things. We want to create things," Bentley told the 230 or so people at the conference at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel. "We have some smart people, and we need to take advantage of that."


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Jasper auto supplier expands, adds 100 jobs and new facility

on September 27, 2013 

JASPER, Alabama -- Jasper auto supplier HTNA has completed a 145,000-square-foot facility in Bevill Industrial Park, where it plans to hire 100 people.

 

The company, formerly known as Amtex, already has 84 employees. It moved to Jasper in 2011 and leased a building from the Jasper Industrial Development Board.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley today joined local officials for a ribbon-cutting at the new facility.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

FAIRHOPE, Alabama -Training for a career is one of the hottest classes in baldwin county schools. 

  
"Learn a trade so whenever we graduate from high school with dual enrollment go on to college further our learning with the trade and make it easier to get a job in our trade," says Jared Terrell enrolled at North Baldwin Technical school.

 

Welding, industrial maintenance and a host of other classes are already being taught. The newest addition, aviation.

"It kind of sparked my interest when I heard Airbus was coming," says senior Chandler Roley, "and there's money to be made."

 

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[WKRG]

 

 

 

 

 


Auburn-Opelika named as top place to retire 

By John Burns

Sept. 30, 2013

 

The Auburn-Opelika area recently was listed as one of the top places to retire in the country, according to a publication whose sole focus is finding the best retirement spots.


 The area is mentioned in the book America's 100 Best Places to Retire, which utilizes experts from Where to Retire magazine to research cities across the United States.

 

To Bill Samford, a retired lawyer who resides in Opelika, it's not surprising to see the Auburn-Opelika area on the list.

 

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[Opelika Auburn News]

 


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  Thank You to All Who Attended Our Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference

  

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Competition, innovation capture students' attention during 2013 Worlds of Opportunity (photos)

on September 26, 2013 

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Some 11,000 eighth-graders from across southwest Alabama might still have no idea what they want to be when they grow up, but after two days at the Mobile Civic Center none of them can claim ignorance of their options.

 

In its fourth year, the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council's Worlds of Opportunity offered students hands-on, real-world exposure to hundreds of career options spanning 12 key industries expected to shape the region's future workforce.

 

Some operated cranes, laid brick or checked vital signs while others took their turns in front of actual television cameras or raced wildly to be named king of the bellmen.

 

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[al.com]

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  




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