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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:
Gov. Robert Bentley hopes trade trip to Japan brings research jobs to Alabama
Ala governor to address business group
Women's group launches major education initiative
Abbeville Airport Plans to Expand
CFD Research Corp. launches new company headquarters within Cummings Research Park (photos)


Gov. Robert Bentley hopes trade trip to Japan brings research jobs to Alabama

on November 18, 2013 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama --- Gov. Robert Bentley said today he hopes his trade trip to Japan last week will bring more biomedical research to Alabama universities and institutions.


Bentley said he met with the pharmaceutical company Otsuka Holdings. It has an Alabama connection as the parent company of Pharmavite, which makes vitamins and supplements at a new plant in Opelika.


The governor said Otsuka Holdings spends about half of its money on research and development.


"They did not realize what we have available here in Alabama," Bentley said. He mentioned the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama and other universities as possible sites, as well as HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Southern Research Institute in Birmingham and others








Ala governor to address business group
Nov 19, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley is making his annual address to one of Alabama's largest business groups.


Bentley is scheduled to make a luncheon speech on Tuesday to the Birmingham Business Alliance, which includes business leaders from seven counties in the central part of the state.


Bentley will discuss economic and workforce development along with job creation, plus other issues affecting the state.








Women's group launches major education initiative
By Charles Molineaux 
Nov. 18, 2013
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -Huntsville area technology-oriented women are fighting a campaign to fix America's, and Alabama's, problems with math and science.

The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense has just installed the latest, largest, and most expensive project in its initiative to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education.

"What we do is we work with the teachers in the school and find out what they need, what they'd like to have, that fits within the curriculum for their grade level, that will help them teach what they're required to teach," explained Debbie Fraley of Women in Defense.


Monday night, the group unveiled new STEM learning stations at Mount Carmel Elementary School. UAH engineering students helped devise the brightly colored cubicles, which can be reconfigured into multiple layouts, offering opportunities for kids to learn together, and also to see the real world applications of science and engineering.  







Abbeville Airport Plans to Expand 

Nov 18, 2013

The City of Abbeville has applied for a $1.2 million grant to move power lines that prohibit the expansion of the Abbeville Airport.


We hope this will enhance our economic development program that we are pushing for we feel like it will certainly be like more attractive for our city when some of these manufacturing companies come in," said Jim Giganti, Abbeville mayor.


There are two options in dealing with the power lines; they can either be put underground or moved farther north.

"Typically it's less expensive to relocate the power lines than the underground, underground utility location is usually more expensive," said Barry Mott, vice president of BWSC.






 CFD Research Corp. launches new company headquarters within Cummings Research Park (photos)

on November 18, 2013 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama CFD Research Corp. will come together with local officials Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the company's new headquarters along McMillian Park at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville.


CFDRC, which recently closed a deal with United Kingdom-based Rolls Royce Ltd. to sell its patented "lean burn" aircraft engine technology to reduce engine emissions, is the first company to occupy the new 88,000-square-foot HudsonAlpha facility that broke ground in June 2011.


Company President Joseph M. Cosumano, Jr., a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, said CFDRC's 29,000-square-foot space "has an outstanding layout for R&D with state-of-the-art laboratories."


"Our new facilities are evidence that we have embarked on a new path of innovation and applications by broadening our aerospace base with biomedical, energy and materials," he said in a statement. "We call this quest CFDRC version 2.0."








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