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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:
Montgomery applauds 2013 expansions, jobs created
UAH aerospace students working to launch themselves into cube satellite business (photos)
Lapp opens Cable Technology Center for Excellence at Shelton State Community College
Downtown's resurgence buoying metro area's commercial real estate

 


Montgomery applauds 2013 expansions, jobs created 


Greg Shafer is excited about the showdown between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers later this month, no matter who comes out on top.

 

Shafer is the president of AKD Inc. in Montgomery, a custom printing and apparel company that handles a lot of products for the Bama Fever-Tiger Pride stores.

 

"It's great when those teams are winning, so we're looking forward to a good Iron Bowl this year," he said.

Business has been good lately - good enough that AKD is investing another $500,000 into its Capital City operations, creating 10 new jobs.

 

Local officials celebrated the expansion Friday during an annual tour that highlighted similar growth at Montgomery businesses during the past year, growth that totaled 277 new jobs and $230 million in investment. But Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said the more important figure was the nearly 7,000 existing jobs that were protected.

 

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UAH aerospace students working to launch themselves into cube satellite business (photos)

on November 15, 2013 

 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Aspiring entrepreneur and University of Alabama in Huntsville master's student Mark Becnel wants other young people to know it's never too early to pursue an innovative idea.

 

"If you have a good idea, and if you think that it could change an industry, I think it's very probable that it will," he said Friday morning. "You just have to kind of push it, give it a little bit of love and make it happen."

 

Mark and his identical twin brother, Eric, are two UAH students who practice what they preach. Soon to earn their master's degrees in aerospace engineering, the 25-year-old siblings, with the help of their older brother Daniel, are pursuing full-speed a business concept they have conceptualized for years.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 Lapp opens Cable Technology Center for Excellence at Shelton State Community College

By Nic Sharpley 

November 15, 2013

 

The Lapp Group has opened The Lapp Center for Excellence in Cable Technology, a state-of-the-art teaching lab at Shelton State Community College, Alabama.

 

Students at the Lapp Center for Excellence in Cable Technology will be educated in industrial technology topics designed to better prepare them for the transition from education into the manufacturing workplace.

 

 As well as supplying high tech cables for students in the mechatronics, industrial electricity and industrial electronics disciplines, Lapp has also created a curriculum that will allow students to train with the most up to date tools and equipment in the cable industry.

 

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[windpowerengineering.com]

 


Downtown's resurgence buoying metro area's commercial real estate

on November 15, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Downtown Birmingham is leading the recovery of the metro area's commercial real estate, industry officials said at a symposium this morning.

 

Apartment, office and even retail and industrial real estate are feeling a positive impact from what is happening downtown, according to panelists at the 20th Annual CCIM/NAIOP Central Alabama Market Symposium at the Harbert Center.

 

The two most significant new construction apartment projects slated to be built are downtown - Harbert Realty's $40 million, 15-story apartment tower on Highland Avenue and LIV Development's $30 million LIV Parkside apartments across from the Birmingham Railroad Park.

 

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[al.com]

 

 




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