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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:
Congressman Mo Brooks: Huntsville's aerospace engineering prowess 'sets us apart' in high-stakes Boeing competition (video)
New British consul general establishing ties with Alabama officials, businesses
The Birmingham Venture Club has named the six companies that are finalists for its prestigious Jemison Award
Compressed natural gas fueling station coming to Dothan
Growing for you and me
Spark Workshop on how to apply to the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition to be held Nov. 25

 


Congressman Mo Brooks: Huntsville's aerospace engineering prowess 'sets us apart' in high-stakes Boeing competition (video)

on November 20, 2013


HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks says Boeing manufacturing its next-generation 777X jetliner in Huntsville would be a "natural progression" for the company.

 

Boeing's aerospace and defense division already employs about 2,600 people in the Rocket City - many of them involved in developing NASA's new heavy-lift Space Launch System.

 

Last year, about 600 Boeing engineers in Huntsville helped sort out some kinks on the electrical power system of the 787 Dreamliner. A YouTube video at the bottom of this post shows Boeing officials talking about Huntsville's pivotal work on the Dreamliner. 

 

Boeing already owns about 300 acres between the two runways at Huntsville International Airport that could accommodate a large production facility. There's even a Boeing Boulevard just south of the airport.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

New British consul general establishing ties with Alabama officials, businesses
on November 20, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - TheBritish consulate-general for the Southeastern U.S. is in Alabama this week to talk trade, foreign investment and relations between the Heart of Dixie and the United Kingdom.

 

Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Her Majesty's consul general, attended the Birmingham Business Alliance's governor's luncheon yesterday before meeting directly with BBA officials, investors and economic development allies.

 

"My prime marching orders from our foreign secretary, the head of our foreign service, is to promote trade and investment links between the United States and the United Kingdom," Pilmore-Bedford said in an interview.



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

The Birmingham Venture Club has named the six companies that are finalists for its prestigious Jemison Award

 Brent Godwin Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal

November 20, 2103

 

Each year the Birmingham Venture Clubgives the Jemison Award to a fast growing local company. The group announced the finalists for this year's award on Tuesday.

The 28th annual Jemison Award finalists are:

  • Action Resources Inc.
  • Atlas RFID Solutions LLC
  • Daxko Inc.
  • Hospicelink
  • Iron Tribe Fitness
  • MailSouth Inc.

Atlas RFID was also mentioned on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. earlier this year. Daxko was named one of the best places to work in the nationby Fortune Magazine, and Iron Tribe Fitness was one of the BBJ's Entrepreneur Spotlight Award winners this year.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 Compressed natural gas fueling station coming to Dothan

 By Jimmy Sailors

 November 20, 2013

 

The compressed natural gas fueling station opening in Dothan next summer will be the largest public CNG station in Alabama.

 

Corridor Clean Fuels, in partnership with Home Oil Company and the Southeast Alabama Gas District, will build a CNG fueling station at Home Oil's location at 735 Ross Clark Circle.

 

Shannon Jackson, marketing and communications manager for SEAGD, said Corridor plans to break ground in the next few weeks. The dispensers will be built in conjunction with Home Oil's plans to remodel its current facility.

 

"We think CNG will grow rapidly in adoption over the next 5 to 10 years," said Tim Shirley, president of Home Oil Company. "This partnership with Corridor Clean Fuels allows us to diversify our fueling options and gain traction as the market for natural gas fueling develops."


 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Growing for you and me...

By Ginger Grantham News Editor 

Posted on November 21, 2013

 

Fall time is harvest time for many farmers in Lawrence County. All kinds of strange farming machines are making their way across fields and sometimes on the roadways as a testament to the harvest. It is also a time to celebrate farming.

 

The annual Farm-City Week does just that. Farm-City kicks off on Friday, Nov. 22, and ends on Thanksgiving Day. There is something symbolic in connecting the event with Thanksgiving.

 

The theme of this year's Farm-City Week is "Alabama Agriculture: Growing for You and Me."

 

"We want all Lawrence County citizens to see how interdependent we are," said Linda Robinson, agent  coordinator for the Lawrence County Extension System. "It is a partnership between city dwellers and farmers."

 


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[The Moulton Advertiser]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Spark Workshop on how to apply to the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition to be held Nov. 25

Event Details

 ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This half-day workshop for inventors and entrepreneurs includes a series of short seminars to help Birmingham teams enter the Alabama Launchpad start-up competition for a chance to win up to $100,000 in cash proof-of-concept grants.  

8:15AM - Welcome(Steve Ceulemans, VP Innovation and Technology, BBA)  

8:30AM - Intro to Launchpad ReviewRoom (Greg Sheek, Director of Launchpad Programs)

9:00AM - Essentials of a 10 min PowerPoint pitch   

9:30AM - Essentials of a 3 minute video pitch (Tony Summerville, Fleetio)

10:00AM - Break

10:15AM - The Business Model Canvas (Dr. Joel Dobbs, Executive in Residence at UAB Business School)

10:45AM - Essentials of a 10 page business plan   

11:15AM - Essentials of a Start-up budget using the Launchpad template   

Noon - END

 

ABOUT ALABAMA LAUNCHPAD

The Alabama Launchpad start-up competition gives early-stage start-ups from across Alabama the momentum to take an idea from concept to reality. Up to $100,000 in cash grants are awarded each competition cycle. More information atwww.alabamalaunchpad.com    

 

ABOUT SPARK

Spark is a free mentoring and coaching program organized by the Birmingham Business Alliance in partnership with UAB and Innovation Depot to help Birmingham-area start-ups succeed in Launchpad. Over the past three competition cycles, Birmingham teams including Proteomic Profiling Technologies, InDegree, Nutripilot, BLOX, and Alabama Chai have won $250,000 in cash Launchpad prizes with support from Spark mentoring and coaching.

For additional information about the Spark workshop and mentoring and coaching program, please contact Steven Ceulemans, VP for Innovation and Technology at the Birmingham Business Alliance at (205) 578-2228 or sceulemans@birminghambusinessalliance.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 




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