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In this issue:
The future of U.S. 11 and U.S. 78: Regional Planning Commission wants public input on eastern development
New Career Coaches For South Alabama Schools
SoZo Group hints at jobs for Dothan from China trip
Cotton yield looks promising in Black Belt
Huntsville No. 30 on Livability.com ranking of '100 Best Places to Live' in America

 


 

 

 

The future of U.S. 11 and U.S. 78: Regional Planning Commission wants public input on eastern development

on October 16, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham sees a transformation under way along U.S. 11 and U.S. 78 on the east side of the metro area.


Planners want to know from residents and business owners between downtown Birmingham and Irondale, Leeds and Trussville what is working for or against transportation, access and economic development along the dual corridor.

The planning commission has scheduled a series of meetings this month -- two with residents, one with businesses -- to get public input as the group begins the U.S. 11/U.S. 78 East Corridor Study, a comprehensive look at the present and future along those routes.

The study, funded by the Federal Transit Administration, is similar to the U.S. 11 Southwest Corridor study recently done by the planning commission on areas along the Bessemer Super Highway west of Birmingham said Laurel Land, a senior planner with the commission.

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New Career Coaches For South Alabama Schools

By Amanda Wade 

Oct. 16, 2013

 

This month Crenshaw County began the career coaching program to better prepare students for life after graduation.  

 

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education reports nearly 50% of students graduating high school last year in Crenshaw County went directly into the workforce.

 

Gary Sport, the General Manager of SMART Alabama, says, "Right now I feel like the children and these kids coming out of school have little idea of what they are stepping out into when they get into the real world."

 

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SoZo Group hints at jobs for Dothan from China trip

By Lance Griffin

October 16, 2013 

 

An exhausting day of back-to-back meetings with Chinese manufacturers could lead to jobs in Dothan.

 

Mayor Mike Schmitz is one of four Southern mayors touring China this week with the SoZo Group, the organizer of U.S-China Manufacturing Symposium events set for Dothan in November and March. SoZo Group founder Ray Cheng said Wednesday that one Chinese manufacturer made favorable comments about the possibility of expansion into the United States, specifically in Dothan.

 

"We are hopeful an announcement is coming," Cheng said Wednesday during a conference call.

 

Cheng said Wednesday's full day of meetings will produce results.

 
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Cotton yield looks promising in Black Belt

By Josh Bergeron

October 16, 2013

 

Whirring combines are turning up some of the best cotton yields in years because of above-average summer rainfall totals.

 

Prattville Agricultural Research Unit director Don Moore said early yields are the best he has seen in 30 years.

"There's no question about it, we got lots of rainfall this year," Moore said. "We didn't get too much; it was just right. I've been here for over 30 years and this is the best year I've seen."

 

Moore's rain gauge in Prattville measured 5.6 inches of rain in June, 7.5 inches in July and 5.5 inches in August. The numbers are above average for the area. Selma's average rainfall ranges from 4 to 5 inches during summer months.

 

One farming family turned the summer rainfall into what seems to be a winning formula.


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Huntsville No. 30 on Livability.com ranking of '100 Best Places to Live' in America

on October 16, 2013 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville has been named one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the United States byLivability.com -- the only Alabama city to earn that distinction. 

 

The website, which rates the quality of life and travel amenities in small and mid-sized cities, said Huntsville earned high marks for its amenities and education, as well as "social and civic capital." 

 

"Great cities are more than just a check-list of bars, coffee shops and museums," Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael said in a Wednesday news release. "Our goal was to collect the best data available, from the best sources and the best partners, to gauge the true measures of livability. Access was important, but so were utilization and affordability."

 
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