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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:
Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance taps executive director
Meet Satoshi 'Sam' Kakuda, Alabama's economic development point man in Japan
Alabaster pushing economic development through online efforts
Monsanto Launches Scholarship for Ag Education
Wireless Charge Solution for Mobiles
Tasus joins automotive suppliers' shift to Dixie

 


Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance taps executive director

on November 14, 2013

The Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance has named John A. Johnson executive director.

 

Johnson has served as interim executive director since July 5 when the alliance's former chief, Jim Searcy, stepped down to accept the role of executive director for the statewide Economic Development Association of Alabama.

 

Johnson reports to the alliance's board of directors and is responsible for implementing programs for new business attraction, business retention and expansion and investor relations. The director also works closely with local economic developers, elected officials, chambers of commerce and industrial boards across its five-county region.

 

"John brings with him his vast knowledge of the region as well as economic development and workforce development experience due to his tenure at Alabama Southern Community College and Monroeville/ Monroe County Economic Development Authority. Members of the CGEDA Board of Directors are extremely pleased at being able to attract a candidate of his caliber," said Larry Woods, the alliance's chairman.

 

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[al.com]
 

 

 


Meet Satoshi 'Sam' Kakuda, Alabama's economic development point man in Japan

November 14, 2013

 

TOKYO, Japan - Before Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley arrived in Japan for this week's economic mission and after he leaves on Friday, the state will continue to have a voice in Japan.

 

For years, Satoshi "Sam" Kakuda, director of the Tokyo office for the Alabama Department of Commerce, has listened to the needs of Japanese companies and told them about the benefits operating in Alabama. Since joining the Commerce Department team in 2006, Kakuda has assisted in creating more than 9,000 jobs for Alabama workers and a capital investment of more than $3 billion. (Read more about the major impact of Japanese companies have had on Alabama's economy.)

 

Kakuda's role is to promote the state as a location for Japanese investment in the U.S., and to assist with ongoing relationships with Japanese companies operating in Alabama. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce team, Kakuda worked as senior trade advisor of theJapan External Trade Organization, an agency of the Japanese government that promotes international trade between Japan and foreign countries. That experience, paired with his more than 30 years at Sony Corp., makes him the ideal liaison between Alabama and Japan.

 

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 Alabaster pushing economic development through online efforts

on November 14, 2013 

ALABASTER, Alabama -- Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon told an audience gathered at the new Municipal Complex building this morning that efforts are continuing to keep economic development in the city as a priority.

 

"We have a lot of economic development meetings. ... Our location, our size is very attractive to so many types of businesses," Handlon said during her quarterly business meeting. "We're trying to give that positive impression to people so that our city can move forward."

 

The city is continuing to push its Alabaster First online business directory found at www.cityofalabaster.com under the "Business" tab at the top of the page. The directory requires input from business operators in the city who need to provide their own information and details.


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[al.com]

 

 

 


Monsanto Launches Scholarship for Ag Education

 

ALABAMA (Nov. 13, 2013) -- Every year, approximately 25,000 agricultural jobs go unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. The agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate young people willing to make a commitment to agriculture, especially with a growing population and the subsequent need to feed an estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050.

 

Monsanto Company recently announced its launch of the America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship program, to get students in rural America excited about careers in agriculture. America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, presented by Monsanto in connection with the National FFA Scholarship program, offers students the chance to earn a $1,500 scholarship for college.

 

"With $1,500 to put toward their college education, students will be better prepared to make a meaningful contribution that benefits them, their rural hometowns and the future of the agricultural industry," said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager.

 

Agriculture is more than just farming-it's thousands of careers in a variety of fields, including plant science, engineering,communications, finance and much more-and the Grow Ag Leaders scholarship is available to students pursuing these and many other agricultural majors. Agriculture, forestry, and related industries employ 580,295 people in Alabama, which is 22 percent of the state's workforce, according to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Monsanto is excited about helping to educate the next generation to fill those jobs and keep them actively involved in rural America.


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[WTVY.com

 

 

 


 

Wireless Charge Solution for Mobiles

TEXT BY NEDRA BLOOM

November 2013

 

Harvesting the energy from radio waves is the science behind a new company - E-Electricity - that is using $23,500 it won in this year's Alabama Launchpad competition to start its new business.

 

Harvested electricity will allow users to recharge mobile devices wirelessly.

 

Based on technology developed by University of Alabama engineering professor Jaber Abu-Qahouq, the new company was launched by students Sloan McCrary and Will Sanders, along with Whitney Hough, a venture development associate of the University of Alabama Office of Technology Transfer.

 

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[Business Alabama]


 

 

 


 Tasus joins automotive suppliers' shift to Dixie

By Rhoda Miel

STAFF REPORTER

Nov. 8, 2013

 

Auto supplier Tasus Corp. knew that its newest plant in the U.S. would go in the Southeast.

 

Its original operation in Bloomington, Ind., was running over capacity, making it difficult to meet new business demands from the South either from there or its injection molding plant in Georgetown, Texas, which was mostly dedicated to auto production in Texas and Mexico.

 

In addition, new contracts were coming in from key customers expanding in the South. So the company began looking for specific sites, and found itself heavily recruited by communities anxious to grow as part of a new Southern auto production hub.

 

"It's amazing how aggressive economic development has gotten, with training incentives and site preparation work," said Melanie Hart, president and CEO for Tasus, which is part of Tsuchiya Co. Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan.

 

In the end, it was the state of Alabama that came forward with a location in the northern city of Florence and an incentive package that covered the cost of the land, much of the construction of the 104,000-square-foot facility and additional tax abatements covering the business for 10 years.


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