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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:
Boeing could locate 777X work in multiple sites; Alabama stands to gain even if production lands elsewhere
UA researchers may make wind power efficient
What are Alabama's best performing cities? 4 state metros make national list
Will the state lure a new auto assembly plant? Wiregrass aiming for one (Driving Alabama)

 


 

Boeing could locate 777X work in multiple sites; Alabama stands to gain even if production lands elsewhere

on December 10, 2013 

There's no shortage of suitors hoping to woo Boeing's $10 billion airplane production facility. But even if Alabamadoesn't land the big fish, the state is set to benefit from a plan to locate some of the work for the next generation jetliner in Huntsville.

 

Proposals for the 777X production facility are due back to the Chicago-based Boeing today. Alabama is among 15 or so states - including Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia and California - expected to present incentive packages to try and lure the plane maker. Washington state, the current home to the 777X facility, is also lobbying hard for union officials to restart talks with Boeing to keep the plant there.

 

"We have gotten a tremendous response, and it's obviously created a lot of interest and a lot of excitement," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder told Wall Street Cheat Sheet.

 

 

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UA researchers may make wind power efficient

By Ed Enoch
Staff Writer
December 10, 2013 

The University of Alabama has patented an algorithm based on research by two professors that could help wind turbines and other renewable energy sources be more reliable and efficient contributors to power grids.

 

The algorithm is an outgrowth of research by associate electrical and computer engineering professor Shuhui Li and Tim Haskew, professor and head of the electrical engineering department, into the tendency for wind turbines to stop sending electricity to the power grid because of a conflict between competing processes in a necessary step of converting electricity into a form usable for distribution.

 

The algorithm, when programmed into the control system, allows turbines to be more reliable and efficient contributors to the power grid, according to UA's Office for Technology Transfer, which helps commercialize the innovations by faculty, staff and students, according to UA.

 

UA received a patent for the algorithm in November.


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What are Alabama's best performing cities? 4 state metros make national list

on December 09, 2013

Several Alabama metros have landed spots on Milken Institute's 2013 list of America's Best-Performing Cities, including Huntsville (No. 101), Birmingham-Hoover (No. 179), Mobile (No. 134) and Montgomery (No. 182).

 

Huntsville, which was the No. 61 best performing city in 2012, fell 40 spots in the list this year. Birmingham-Hoover moved up 18 points from 197, Mobile dropped 29 places from 105 and Montgomery remained largely unchanged from 183.

 

In the small metro category, Auburn-Opelika jumped from 89 to 37, Tuscaloosa from 130 to 69 and Gadsden from 145 to 141. Decatur dipped from 106 to 137, Florence-Muscle Shoals from 69 to 150, Dothan from 165 to 175 and Anniston-Oxford from 173 to 178.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Will the state lure a new auto assembly plant? Wiregrass aiming for one (Driving Alabama)

on December 10, 2013 

Business recruiters in Alabama and Florida are working together to lure a new auto assembly plant to the region, a project that could be felt throughout the Wiregrass.

 

Five counties in each state are involved in the effort, which aims to bring an automaker to a 2,000-acre site near the state line in Jackson County, Florida.

 

On the Alabama side, plans call for a worker training center. The potential hiring pool for the plant is expected to rely heavily on Dothan, Enterprise, Ozark and the surrounding area in the state's southeastern corner.



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 




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