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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:
Rabren's promotion signals Regions' increased economic development emphasis
Canfield touts Alabama's jobs plan
Airbus shatters 2013 sales target in first nine months
Wiregrass EDC receives state honor
Anniston City Council to spend money for McClellan development
Stubborn Skills Gap in America's Work Force
Doors to open for job seekers
Trussville industrial board wants properties online 'quick'
Flowers, friendliness lured Sony to Dothan
Freshfully, Belk, Lulu's and others win Alabama Retailer of the Year awards

 


Rabren's promotion signals Regions' increased economic development emphasis

on October 08, 2013 
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Jeff Rabren will head Regions Financial Corp.'s economic development efforts, including the use of a $1 billion loan pool to provide economic development capital for new and expanding industry.

 

Regions said Rabren's initial focus will be on programs that encourage capital investment and job creation in Alabama, where Regions is headquartered.

 

In an interview, Rabren said Regions has long been involved in economic development through being a founding member of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, but it saw an opportunity to do more.

 

"When we help create jobs, it helps the communities we serve," Rabren said. "What's good for our customers and our communities is ultimately good for our company."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

Canfield touts Alabama's jobs plan

By Lance Griffin

October 8, 2013 

 

Alabama is strategically positioned for future job growth in several different sectors that should provide opportunities for residents of all skill levels, the state's Department of Commerce Secretary said Tuesday.

 

Greg Canfield said the state's jobs growth strategic plan has identified job sectors in which Alabama should be competitive in attracting over the short and long term.

 

"Alabama is not a sleepy little Southern state anymore," Canfield said Tuesday at the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Luncheon at Wiregrass Church. "We are globally significant."

 

Canfield said that in addition to Alabama's successful recruitment of auto manufacturers, the state has identified several other areas of potential job growth including biosciences, chemicals, corporate operations, distribution, enabling technology, food operations, forest products, information technology and metal manufacturing.

 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 


 

 


Airbus shatters 2013 sales target in first nine months

on October 08, 2013 

Airbus is on track to surpass its original 2013 sales target by as much as 50 percent, having exceeded an already revised goal of 1,000 aircraft in the first nine months alone.

 

On the heels of Monday's behemoth $9.5 billion, 31-plane order by Japan Airlines, Airbus sales chief John Leahy told Reutersduring a an industry conference in Barcelona, Spain, the planemaker has an "internal target" of 1,200 orders through year's end, and it appears even that figure could be surpassed.

 

Airbus broke ground April 8 on a $600 million final assembly line at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex to be dedicated solely to production of the company's more fuel-efficient, narrow-body A320 family aircraft. The first Mobile-assembled aircraft will be delivered in 2016, and the facility is expected to employ 1,000 directly when it reaches full annual production of 40 to 50 planes by 2018.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Wiregrass EDC receives state honor
By Kyle Mooty
October 9, 2013

Wiregrass Economic Development Corp. has already won over businesses getting off the ground in Coffee County. Now it has won the admiration from the state.

 

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama recently honored 82 companies and entities across the state, including Wiregrass EDC, for helping create thousands of high-wage jobs for Alabamians.

 

Wiregrass EDC has been a vital part of Coffee County's economic engine with such businesses as HS Automotive Alabama and others partnering with the program. In all, Wiregrass EDC has brought about 600 jobs to Coffee County, with more expected to come.

 

Wiregrass EDC's incubator and tenants list includes HS Automotive (300 jobs), Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center (165), US Aero (44 jobs), other aviation-related companies (44), Enterprise T-Shirt (four) and MagBlock (one).


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Anniston City Council to spend money for McClellan development
Patrick McCreless
Oct 09, 2013

Thanks to a $1.84 million agreement among local governments, infrastructure development could soon be underway at McClellan, bringing with it potential for industry and job growth. 

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Anniston City Council agreed to contribute $852,000 to the McClellan Area Regional Development Compact. The compact calls for the combined expenditure of about $1.84 million from all of Calhoun County's municipalities and the county commission for infrastructure development in parts of McClellan. Local leaders say the work is needed to attract industry to the site, adding that the unified financial backing from the area's cities will further entice companies to give McClellan a chance. 

All the other area city councils must still vote to approve their respective expenditures. Anniston's contribution is the highest single amount among all the compact partners. The Oxford City Council agreed to spend $400,000 during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Its contribution is the second highest, tied with the contribution promised by the county commission. The commission has yet to officially vote on the expenditure.

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Stubborn Skills Gap in America's Work Force

By EDUARDO PORTER

Published: October 8, 2013

 

One of the few things that nearly everyone in Washington agrees on is that American workers are the best.

"More productive than any on earth," President Obama has said of them. They "build better products than anybody else."

 

Republicans, somewhat less exuberant, are nonetheless sure that American workers "can surpass the competition" on any level playing field. Even the United States Chamber of Commerce - not always a worker's best friend - asserts that, along with the nation's entrepreneurs and companies, America's workers "are the best in the world."

 

Fact is, they are not.

 

To believe an exhaustive new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the skill level of the American labor force is not merely slipping in comparison to that of its peers around the world, it has fallen dangerously behind.

 

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Doors to open for job seekers

By Sarah Robinson

October 8, 2013


Selma industries are partnering with the Dallas County School system to bring awareness to local job opportunities and the skills needed for those occupations.

 

Last Thursday, the Selma-Dallas County Economic Development Authority brought local business representatives to Selma High School's open house program to educate the students about what Selma has to offer in the job department.

 

Selma principal Major Burrell opened up the ceremony by announcing the plan for the 2013-2014 school year to an audience school board members, government officials, parents, and teachers, and students.

 

"We are going to prepare children to become college and career ready," Burrell said. "There is no reason why our children have to leave their community to find jobs when jobs are available in Selma."

 

Wayne Vardamen, the executive director of EDA, said that 5,000 people commute to Dallas County everyday for a job. He said a major reason behind high employment is not the lack of job opportunities, but a lack of skills among the applicants.

 

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Trussville industrial board wants properties online 'quick' 

By Gary Lloyd

October 9, 2013

 

The Trussville Industrial Development Board is working to get the city's available industrial properties on a state website to be advertised, a board member said last week.

 

"We're trying to do it as quick as we can," board member Cecil Medders said.

 

There is no deadline for when available properties in Trussville will be posted on the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama website, www.edpa.org. Medders said the website hosts industrial sites from various cities and counties, the focus being attracting and retaining industry.

 

Medders said Trussville would "miss a real good opportunity" to attract new industries if it wasn't listed on the website. He said the board is still in the process of gathering all its information for the website.

 

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Flowers, friendliness lured Sony to Dothan 

By Lance Griffin

October 8, 2013 

 

Forget clever tax incentives, desperation pot-sweeteners and last-ditch legislative maneuvering.

A pretty view of azaleas and dogwoods from the ninth tee of a Dothan golf course sold manufacturing giant Sony on Dothan.

 

"You will think I am making up what I am saying, but it is what happened," said Dothan Realtor James Grant, who was mayor in 1975 when the city was looking for job creators.

 

Dothan found Sony through a chance perusal in a Tallahassee newspaper, lured the company's president to the city thanks to a wee-hours call from the governor and all but closed a deal less than an hour after the company's president landed at the Dothan airport.

 

Times have changed. Industry recruitment, as one recent speaker in Dothan said, is bare-knuckle boxing. States and municipalities are now being forced to give away millions of dollars in incentives to lure industry to town, or risk losing the jobs to another city or state. Sophisticated computer programs discard sites based on variables such as major roadway access and other infrastructure. Had they existed in 1975, Dothan may have never had its chance to woo Sony with pretty scenery and a human touch.

 
 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 


 


Freshfully, Belk, Lulu's and others win Alabama Retailer of the Year awards

on October 08, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A market that sells locally-grown produce in Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood won a key award from the Alabama Retail Association today.

 

Freshfully and its co-owner Jen Barnett won the Gee Emerging Retailer of the Year Award during the annual awards presentation at The Club in Birmingham.

 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business also presents the awards, which were chosen from nearly 50 nominations. The Emerging Retailer of the Year Award is named for the late Mickey Gee, longtime owner of The Pants Store and a UAB professor. 

 

Additionally, owners, managers and employees of other businesses across the state were named Alabama Retailers of the Year for 2013. The slate of winners included 12 retail businesses with operations in 72 Alabama cities and 31 states.


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[al.com]

 

 

 





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