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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:
New Chilton County industrial park promises to become center of attention in economic development
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama tours Piedmont High
Southwest Alabama needs 4,000 skilled workers to meet demand, workforce development group says
Hyundai Power Transformers holding job fair in Greenville
Eyeing workforce development, Gulf Coast Technology Council awards 2013 scholarships totaling $6,000
Montgomery chamber lays out goals for 2014
Officials lend support to development project
State of Cybersecurity 2013 Webinar Today at Noon


 New Chilton County industrial park promises to become center of attention in economic development

on December 11, 2013

CHILTON COUNTY, Alabama - Alabama's peach county may become the next sweet spot for business recruitment with a new industrial park off Interstate 65 that is already attracting the attention of Birmingham, Montgomery and state economic developers.


More than 530 acres one mile off Exit 212 - the one with the peach water tower - have been offered up by the property's owner with the first 232 acres now being marketed for projects. Known as "Chilton Interstate Park," the development stretches from I-65 to Alabama 145 with sites ranging from as small as 3.26 acres to a potential "supersite" of nearly 100 acres.


A former Birmingham surgeon and his family retired to the property and have been using it as farmland. But a speech by Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield at a local civic meeting inspired the surgeon and the family to consider a different use for the land.










Economic Development Partnership of Alabama tours Piedmont High

Dec. 11, 2013


Piedmont High School hosted the president and vice president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) on Friday, Dec. 6, to discuss the economic possibilities for the city of Piedmont.


This visit is a continuation of the school's efforts to bring state and local leaders into the school so that they can see how the school is educating students in a 21st Century learning environment and preparing students for life beyond their high school graduation.


In addition to having Alabama Lt. Go. Kay Ivey, State Treasurer Young Boozer, and EDPA leaders recently tour the school, Gov. Robert Bentley will be at the school on December 19.


"We are in the business of preparing the future workforce of this city. It is incumbent upon us to do all that we can to showcase how we are preparing students for the present and future employers of this region. It is vital, for the future of all of my students, that we showcase Piedmont's progress with the hope that these leaders who are visiting our school will talk about Piedmont when they are recruiting businesses to come to Alabama," stated Adam Clemons, principal of Piedmont High School.


Former Mercedes Benz CEO and EDPA President Bill Taylor applauded the innovation in technology at Piedmont High School that provides students with online instruction that transforms traditional teaching.


"I was most impressed by the courses, especially the multiple language courses they were taking," stated Taylor.


Greg Knighton, an EDPA vice president who accompanied Taylor on the tour, lauded the system's leadership and insight for innovative, school-issued laptop learning.


"It was really super impressive," Knighton said. "To see what had been put together at the school, you realize there had to be a vision and many partnerships among the leadership to make that a reality. They were able to pull a variety of programs together that were very out of the box. For any community that would be impressive but even more so with a smaller, rural community."









Southwest Alabama needs 4,000 skilled workers to meet demand, workforce development group says

on December 11, 2013

ATMORE, Alabama -- Just to keep up with demand, the eight counties in the southwest region of Alabama will need to produce a little more than 4,000 skilled employees in the next 12 months, according to a year-end industry report by the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council.


"We really wanted to get a cross section of responses of our targeted industries," said Laura Chandler, executive vice president director of SAWDC. "A lot of this is contained in the maritime industry alone."


The council, which includes partner organizations in Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Washington, Monroe and Conecuh counties, met Wednesday to discuss the statistics at its quarterly meeting at the Atmore campus of Reid State Technical College.


Since 2006, the council has been working to bring together piecemeal efforts for a single plan for workforce development.












Hyundai Power Transformers holding job fair in Greenville

By Andy Brown

December 11, 2013

Hyundai Power Transformers USA is holding a job fair in Greenville on Saturday.


The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Wendell Mitchell Conference Center on the campus of LBW Community College.


Hyundai Power Transformers USA's Montgomery plant located at Interstate Industrial Park near Hope Hull, manufactures medium and large transformers supplied to locations throughout the United States, Canada and South America.


Greenville joined Montgomery and other surrounding municipalities offering incentives to attract Hyundai to the area. The plant opened in November of 2011.


Greenville's pledge was for $333,000 over three years.


"We sure want to be part of the Hyundai family because they've done a lot for Greenville and for Butler County," said Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon.








Eyeing workforce development, Gulf Coast Technology Council awards 2013 scholarships totaling $6,000 

on December 11, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Six area college students inched closer to their professional dreams Wednesday with a little financial help from the Gulf Coast Technology Council.


In its seventh year, the Gulf Coast Technology Council Scholarship Fund awarded a total of $6,000 in varying increments to University of South Alabama students Ryan Wallace, Jacob Taylor and Kendrick Henderson; Spring Hill College student Hayley Vierling; and Bishop State Community College students Justin Wells and Breanea Loveless.


Since its creation in 2007, the scholarship fund has provided 35 scholarships totaling more than $40,000 as part of the council's commitment to foster the long-term growth of the technology sector on the central Gulf Coast and position the region as a global leader in the creation of technology-based jobs.


John Strope, technical director for Mobile-based Dogwood Productions and chairman of the council's scholarship program, said the fund was created to help grow a highly skilled technology workforce in the Mobile area, while creating a venue for local companies to identify and groom future employees.







Montgomery chamber lays out goals for 2014
By Lindsey Rogers 

Community and business leaders want to continue Montgomery's strides in economic development, education and tourism in 2014.


Officials with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce say the city made great progress in 2013 on many different fronts and they want to keep the momentum going.


The chamber held its 141st annual meeting Tuesday night at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre bringing out nearly 1,000 members of the business community as officials recognized the city's milestones this year. Among those milestones was the more the $230 million in capital investments by existing area industries and the creation of nearly 300 jobs.


As chamber chairman Horace Horn with Powersouth Energy Cooperative passed the reigns to Leslie Sanders with Alabama Power both touted the city's ongoing transformation and those working to make it happen.









Officials lend support to development project; Could create hundreds of jobs for local residents, thousands for Ala.

By Trent Moore/The Cullman Times

Dec. 11, 2013


Officials with both the City of Cullman and Cullman County have offered support for a potential economic development project that could create thousands of new jobs in the state.

The exact nature and location of the regional project has not been announced, though Cullman officials say it could generate hundreds of jobs in and around the county if it comes to fruition.

Letters of support of this nature from neighboring counties are typically reserved for extremely large economic projects.



[Cullman Times]




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