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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:
Mayor Stimpson: 'Mobile is the buzz' at Aviation Forum 2013 in Hamburg, Germany
I-565/County Line Road interchange project begins; Governor Bentley says more road projects coming
U.S. auto sales, including Alabama-made models, top expectations in November
States offer billions to land Boeing facility; Alabama faces Dec. 10 deadline to craft its deal
Huntsville-based CFDRC's SynVivo platform named one of The Scientist's Top 10 Innovations of 2013
Mercedes-Benz extends lead over BMW in race for U.S. luxury sales crown
Watercooler: Port Authority adds new automation programs manager for three terminals
REV Birmingham marks first year inside a new revitalization project
Huntsville developers win Popular Award in global tech competition

 


Mayor Stimpson: 'Mobile is the buzz' at Aviation Forum 2013 in Hamburg, Germany

on December 04, 2013

HAMBURG, Germany - The word on Mobile might be out, but Mayor Sandy Stimpson doesn't mind repeating himself every chance he gets.

 

"I told them Mobile is open for business, we want their business and we feel the best way for them to supply Airbus is by being located in Mobile," Stimpson said Wednesday morning, awaiting news of a return flight from Aviation Forum 2013.

 

With blizzard conditions bearing down on Hamburg, Germany, Stimpson might be forced to extend his first official trade mission as the Port City's chief executive officer, but he considers it a plum assignment.

 

"The message about Airbus has been out there since Mobile first partnered with EADS to try to (land) the tanker project, but every time you come to these forums there are new people who don't know the story of Mobile, and it's exciting to get to share that with them," said Stimpson, who served as one of the annual forum's introductory speakers.


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I-565/County Line Road interchange project begins; Governor Bentley says more road projects coming

on December 03, 2013

 

MADISON, Alabama - The long wait is over.

 

The $10.7 million infrastructure project that was promised for years and one legislator said was supposed to be complete by 2002, officially got under way Tuesday when Gov. Robert Bentley, flanked by state and local officials stabbed their shovels in the loose dirt by County Line Road.

 

As the 30-minute ceremony concluded, heavy equipment was already moving dirt west of County Line on Interstate 565. In 2015, there will be a new I-565 interchange at County Line Road, officials said, providing easier access to the interstate for Madison residents and setting the stage for rapid economic development.

 

This is the beginning of some truly great things that are going to happen in this area." -- Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said of the long wait to get the interchange built.
 
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U.S. auto sales, including Alabama-made models, top expectations in November

on December 03, 2013 

Honda's Talladega County plant began building the Acura MDX SUV last spring. (Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com) 

U.S. auto sales continued to climb in November, fueled by pent-up demand, new model introductions and a slew of holiday promotions held over the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Light vehicle sales topped 1.24 million, according to Autodata Corp., a 9 percent improvement from a year ago. That total surpassed expectations, as consumers continue to drive new rides off dealer lots despite sagging economic indicators.
  

Combined sales of the eight models produced in Alabama for the U.S. market totaled 65,595, up 3 percent from a year ago.

 

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States offer billions to land Boeing facility; Alabama faces Dec. 10 deadline to craft its deal

on December 04, 2013

Missouri is willing to offer Boeing as much as $1.7 billion in incentives over the next two decades in an effort to land production facilities for the 777X. The proposal is the latest in a series of offers from states trying to woo the jet assembly plant and the thousands of jobs it could bring.

 

Huntsville is one of several locations competing to be the new home for the Boeing production facility after union members in Washington state rejected their latest contract. Other locations reported to be in the running include Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, and Washington state has maintained efforts to keep the facility there.

 

Huntsville and Alabama elected officials met with Boeing in November to discuss the project, but details of the state's offer aren't yet known. Boeing already owns about 300 acres at the Huntsville International Airport, and the site is large enough to accommodate the needed 1 million square feet of production space.

 

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Huntsville-based CFDRC's SynVivo platform named one of The Scientist's Top 10 Innovations of 2013
on December 03, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A product developed by CFD Research Corp. in Huntsville has been named one of the Top 10 Innovations of 2013 by The Scientist magazine, the company announced this afternoon.

 

CFDRC, located at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Cummings Research Park, was recognized for its development of SynVivo, a physiological, cell-based microchip platform that allows for real-time study of cellular behavior, drug delivery and drug discovery.

 

A news release for the Huntsville-based, woman-owned small business said SynVivo allows for "faster, more efficient drug development by combining the control of in vitro testing with the realism of in vivo studies."


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Mercedes-Benz extends lead over BMW in race for U.S. luxury sales crown

on December 03, 2013 

Mercedes-Benz has widened its lead over rival BMW in the battle for the U.S. luxury sales title for 2013.

 

So far this year, Mercedes' sales are ahead of BMW's by 7,610 vehicles, according to November sales reports issued today by the German automakers.

 

For Mercedes, which produces SUVs and crossovers in Tuscaloosa County, the sales gains are fueled by the performance of its new CLA, a coupe priced at just under $30,000.

 

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Watercooler: Port Authority adds new automation programs manager for three terminals

on December 03, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama -- The Alabama State Port Authority recently added James "Jim" R. Oberkirch, Jr. to manage automation programs at the McDuffie Coal Terminal, Pinto Island and Bulk Material Handling Plant. 

 

His first day was Dec. 2. 

 

Before joining the Port Authority, he was the terminal manager for U.S. Steel Mobile River division. Oberkirch, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1982 from the University of South Alabama, is now the Bulk Division Maintenance Manager.

 

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REV Birmingham marks first year inside a new revitalization project

on December 04, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -REV Birmingham marked its first year as a revamped organization fittingly in one of downtown's latest redevelopment projects.

 

The organization committed to the revitalization and growth of downtown Birmingham and surrounding neighborhoods was formed a year ago by combining Operation New Birmingham with Main Street Birmingham. It celebrated Tuesday evening in the new Birmingham School of Law at 2200 Third Avenue South.

 

David Fleming, chief executive of REV, reflected on the first year, which was boosted by the opening of the $64 million Regions Field baseball park, the $400 million Children's of Alabama hospital, the $70 million Westin Birmingham hotel and adjacent Uptown entertainment district as well as the continued growth of UAB.


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[al.com]

 

 


Huntsville developers win Popular Award in global tech competition

on December 03, 2013 

Six Huntsville-based developers that built a medicine label translation tool for a global competition are now award winners.

Josh Jones, brothers Jarrod and James Parkes, Mini Zeng, Ha Giang, and Prabhash Jha were the computer experts behind "Health24," a multi-platform tool that can translate any medicine label from one of dozens of languages to any other using just a photo of the label. 

Health24 won the Popular Award in Americas Datafest, a global "hackathon" that aimed to pair developers with journalists in an effort to solve some of the most pressing challenges faced by the world's migrants. 

The six-developer team, all students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, also won a $1,000 cash prize after being deemed the best overall project at the Auburn-based hub of the Americas Datafest competition. The developers that convened in Auburn went up against students from Harvard and Stanford, as well as others in countries like Mexico and Honduras, to compete for a grand prize. 

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[al.com]

 

 

 




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