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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:
Alabama leaders travel to Hamburg, Germany for Aviation Forum 2013
Bentley, local research heavyweights to host 'Research in Your Backyard'
AvaLAN Wireless Receives Innovation Leader Award from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Q&A: City 'ideally positioned' to land Airbus Americas suppliers, chairman McArtor says
How the Birmingham Business Alliance worked behind the scenes to help end JeffCo bankruptcy

 


 Alabama leaders travel to Hamburg, Germany for Aviation Forum 2013


Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield will travel to Hamburg, Germany this week along with Department of Commerce Assistant Director of Business Development Bob Smith and a delegation of Alabama leaders.

 

 The group is headed to Hamburg for Aviation Forum 2013, a conference that largely attracts aviation suppliers looking to work with aerospace giant Airbus.

 

"The Aviation Forum gives Alabama the opportunity to get in front of dozens of companies who will be looking to support the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile," Canfield said. "Our goal is to make sure each and every one of those companies know about the development sites, infrastructure and opportunities in Alabama should they consider a location in our state in support of the Airbus Mobile operations."

 

Airbus' first U.S. assembly line is currently under construction at Mobile Brookley Aeroplex. The company plans to begin manufacturing its A320 family of passenger jets in Alabama in 2015 at a facility that will provide 1,000 new jobs in the region. Airbus' decision to assemble jet liners in Alabama dramatically expands the company's presence in the state. Airbus operates an engineering center with 220 workers at Brookley that focuses on its A350 XWB, A380 and other planes.

 

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 


 

 
Bentley, local research heavyweights to host 'Research in Your Backyard' discussion
Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Nov 27, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley and Birmingham-area research leaders are coming together for an event Dec. 4 to discuss boosting the impact of clinical trials in Alabama and local economies.

The event, called "Research In Your Backyard," will take place at 10 a.m. at business incubator the Innovation Depot and will include research heavyweightsSouthern Research Institute CEO Art TiptonPhRMA Senior Vice President of Communications Matt Bennett and David Winwood, executive director for theUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamInstitute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

 

PhRMA is a trade group representing pharmaceutical research and bio-pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. UAB's IIE is the entity that holds the university's patents and brings research activities to the market.



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AvaLAN Wireless Receives Innovation Leader Award from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

November 27, 2013 4:56 AM 

Huntsville, Alabama (PRWEB) AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Inc. was recognized as an Innovation Leader at the 3rd Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference.

 

 We received one of 82 awards to recognize and celebrate the state's start-ups, angel investors, researchers, incubators and entities that patent their inventions for collectively creating thousands of high wage jobs for Alabama.

 

"We are honored to be recognized as an innovation leader and contributor to Alabama's economic growth," said Matt Nelson, CEO and President of AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Inc.

 

Alabama Launchpad is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation. The EDPA Foundation partners with seven research universities in Alabama to promote and reward high-growth, innovative start-ups from across the state. The program is for new, innovative ventures in the seed or early-growth stages and for existing businesses moving into a new high-growth market.


 

 

 


 

Q&A: City 'ideally positioned' to land Airbus Americas suppliers, chairman McArtor says
Written by Brad Harper
 
Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor is high on Alabama, and his opinion of its Capital City is on the rise.

McArtor toured Montgomery during a recent visit before being applauded by local leaders for his role in bringing a new airplane assembly plant to Mobile. But that $600 million plant and its expected 1,000 direct employees are just the tip of the iceberg - thousands of supplier jobs could be on the way to support the plant.

 

Montgomery is "probably the most logical, closest and most capable community" outside of Mobile to land those suppliers, McArtor said.

 

"People keep telling me how important Airbus is for coming to the Gulf Coast region, and in particular Alabama," he said. "I should tell you how important it is for Airbus to have an industrial home in a state like Alabama."

 

 

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[Montgomery Advertiser]


 

 

 


 

 

How the Birmingham Business Alliance worked behind the scenes to help end JeffCo bankruptcy

on December 01, 2013 


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -Ending what was once the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. historyrequired a community-wide effort, to include the Jefferson County business community led by the Birmingham Business Alliance.

 

The BBA played a major role - first in helping the county earn favorable ratings for $1.7 billion in replacement bonds and then in convincing investment advisors those bonds were worth buying.

 

Brian Hilson, chief executive of BBA, said it was important to demonstrate that the county's own finances were not indicative of the economic growth taking place within the county.


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[al.com]

 


 

 

 

 




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