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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:
So long, stigma: End to JeffCo bankruptcy could signal new beginning for job growth, investment
Alabama's Congressional delegation sends a clear message: We want Boeing
Hunter promotes STEM education
Teacher raises on Bentley's list
Nominations sought for Governor's Trade Excellence Award 2014
Bentley announces Year of Alabama Parks campaign during ShrimpFest at Oak Mountain

 


 

So long, stigma: End to JeffCo bankruptcy could signal new beginning for job growth, investment

on November 24, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Jefferson County's days of losing out on jobs and corporate investment may finally beending as the stigma of bankruptcy is removed, economic development officials said.

 

Those charged with luring new industry to Jefferson County and Alabama said we will never know how many hundreds of jobs and how many millions of dollars went to some other community or state because bankruptcy made it easier to strike Jefferson County from the list.

 

"There is no question we were not making what I call 'the look list' for certain projects, likely a lot of projects, because when you're trying to decide between a handful of communities, choosing one that is in bankruptcy and one that is not makes it pretty easy to cut down your list," Ted vonCannon, executive director of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority.

 

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[al.com]


 

 

 


Alabama's Congressional delegation sends a clear message: We want Boeing

on November 22, 2013 

Alabama's Congressional delegation is joining in the state's push to land a new Boeing production facility in Huntsville.

 

In a Nov. 22 letter sent to Boeing CEO W. James McNerney Jr., Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Spencer Bachus, Mike Rogers, Martha Roby and Terri Sewell made the case for North Alabama as "the best choice" for a new production plant for Boeing's next-generation 777X.

 

"Given that Boeing already has such a significant presence in Huntsville, including performing much of its 787 and future 777X engineering work there, you are already familiar with the large, skilled, and reliable workforce that the area provides. All of Alabama's universities offer top-notch engineering and science programs with state-of-the-art facilities that can provide the skilled personnel that your expanded presence in Huntsville would require. Locally, the University of Alabama in Huntsville offers one of the nation's best aerospace engineering programs, while the Alabama Aviation Center, in partnership with the state's two-year college system, is also committed to providing large numbers of well-educated and trained aerospace workers," lawmakers wrote.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Hunter promotes STEM education

Times Staff Writer
November 23, 2013

An emphasis on STEM education - science, technology, engineering and math - is one of the keys to helping Alabama's workforce be prepared for college and qualify for better-paying jobs, and to improving the state's economy, according to state Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter.

 

Hunter represents District 8 on the board, which includes Limestone, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb and Etowah counties.

 

She spoke Friday to educators, business and industry representatives, economic development officials and elected officials at The Chamber of Gadsden & Etowah County.


 

Hunter said 86 percent of Alabama's 2012 high school graduates took the ACT, but only 18 percent met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, mathematics and science. Alabama lags significantly behind other states in college readiness in math and science. Hunter said the state has made marked improvement in English and reading and attributed that to the Alabama Reading Initiative.

 

"Mathematics is the 'language' of STEM," Hunter said. "Our students must 'speak' math to be proficient in STEM."

 

As Alabama recruits more high-tech firms and businesses, she said, businesses will have two choices - hire Alabamians or bring people in from out of state to fill positions.

 

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Teacher raises on Bentley's list

By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau 

November 24, 2013

 

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Robert Bentley has listed pay raises for teachers, more funding for the state pre-K program and workforce development among his priorities for the 2014 legislative session.

 

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, meanwhile, said Alabamians can expect a more fast-paced, "calmer" session that focuses on state budgets and not on controversial legislation.

 

"We will have more money. Not a lot more, but we will have more money in the education appropriations," Bentley said last week. "Our general fund is still going to be tight, but it will be every year."

 

He'd like raises for teachers in the 2015 budget.

 

[Decatur Daily]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nominations sought for Governor's Trade Excellence Award 2014


MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Applications are now being accepted for the 8th annual Governor's Trade Excellence Award, presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Alabama Export Trade Alliance. This prestigious program recognizes companies in Alabama that have excelled in selling their products or services overseas.

 

Recipients include large, medium and small businesses as well as new to export companies from every region of the state. Industries selected are from the manufacturing, service and agribusiness sectors.

 

"Firms that emphasize exports are among Alabama's most dynamic and productive companies," said Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield. "Exports continue to be the engine of our state's economy. Last year, Alabama companies exported a record high of $19 billion of goods to the world generating and sustaining thousands of jobs in the state."

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bentley announces Year of Alabama Parks campaign during ShrimpFest at Oak Mountain

on November 22, 2013

OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, Alabama -- With the aromas in the air from the freshly prepared food at Baumhower's ShrimpFest and Barbecue event at Oak Mountain State Park, Gov. Robert Bentley today announced the launch of 2014's Year of the Park in Alabama.

 

"Today is a year-long celebration that we're going to begin to celebrate our state parks," Bentley said near the beach recreation area at Alabama's largest state park. "We want our families to be able to use them. We want them to take the opportunity to enjoy what we see on a regular basis."

 

The campaign coincides with 2014's 75th anniversary of the Alabama State Parks system that consists of 22 parks. Bentley pointed to plans to develop a lodge and convention center in Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores using $85.5 million in funding from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

 

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[al.com]

 

 




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