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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:
McClellan developments should attract retirees
Alabama seeks deeper relationships with aerospace suppliers in Seattle
Mercedes C-Class will have new console
Thomasville sold rural life to land Chinese manufacturer
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama experiencing phone service interruptions today



McClellan developments should attract retirees
By Patrick McCreless
Oct 27, 2013 
McClellan developers plan to convert part of the former fort into a retirement community, with the expectation that doing so will stimulate the local economy.

Renovation efforts began Thursday to develop a vacant building at McClellan into an assisted living facility for older retirees. The building, next to a retiree-housing complex called Casey Estates, is the latest step of a larger plan to redevelop part of McClellan into a retirement community. Doing so could mean sustained local economic growth through job creation in the coming years due to the country's aging population, economists, health and senior housing industry experts say.

"We think it is a wise strategy as part of our mixed-use strategy for McClellan, bringing new people into Calhoun County ... to take advantage of the many opportunities we have here," said Robin Scott, executive director of the McClellan Development Authority, the organization tasked with managing and developing the former fort. "We saw this as a particular growth opportunity."




Alabama seeks deeper relationships with aerospace suppliers in Seattle

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama's top economic developer traveled to Seattle, Wash., this week to foster deeper relationships with aerospace suppliers as Alabama moves to become the next global center of passenger jet production.


Alabama Secretary of State Greg Canfield, who was in Seattle for the British-American Business Council Aerospace Convention, is targeting the development of a supplier infrastructure in the state as Airbus prepares to ramp up production of A320 family aircraft in Mobile.


Because of Airbus' presence, Canfield told The Seattle Times that he expects the aerospace industry to grow in Alabama in the same way the automotive industry has, through assembly plant expansions and the creation of an ever-widening supplier base.


"We fully expect the Airbus experience will be the same," Canfield told the newspaper. "That's our goal, to make that their experience."






Mercedes C-Class will have new console

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
October 26, 2013 

Mercedes-Benz has not yet unveiled its next generation of the C-Class, but it released some information this week about what will be on the totally revamped sedan.


Mercedes is adding C-Class production to its expanded auto assembly plant in Vance next year. The Tuscaloosa County auto plant will make all C-Class vehicles for the North American markets. The C-Class will be the fourth Mercedes model made here.


The 2015 C-Class, which will go on sale in the fall of 2014, will have a completely reinterpreted center console, Mercedes said in a release this week.


"The innovative touchpad developed by Mercedes-Benz in the fourth-generation C-Class also marks an important evolutionary step," Mercedes-Benz said in a prepared statement. "As on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can easily be operated using finger gestures."




[Tuscaloosa News]



Thomasville sold rural life to land Chinese manufacturer

 By Lance Griffin
Posted on October 26, 2013


THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day fumbled through a mass of drawing boards, looking for the right preliminary plan.


He shuffled past plans for the proposed retail development, the five-screen movie theater, the regional airport and the new hospital. He finally came to the board that displayed the big patch of land seven miles north of Thomasville just inside neighboring Wilcox County.


Thomasville, population 4,421 according to the 2010 census (although Day disputes the figure), beat 62 other sites to secure the Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing facility, the first major manufacturer from China to locate in Alabama. When complete, the project is expected to employ 500.


Thomasville is in southwest Alabama on U.S. Highway 43. Its population swells in the daytime due to its location in the middle of several rural areas. Thomasville itself is rural, and Day believes that is a good thing.



[Dothan Eagle]



Oct. 28, 2013


Economic Development Partnership of Alabama 
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We hope to have the interruption issues resolved soon. 

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