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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:
Quality child care, preschool crucial to state's economy, group argues
Mercedes unveils new C-Class being added to production line in Vance
Commercial/defense contractor offering up to 100 engineering jobs to Huntsville area
With all options 'under consideration,' Boeing won't make any decision on 777X until 2014
BAE Systems awarded $220 million Army Space and Missile Defense Command contract
Hyundai readies for a return trip to the Super Bowl (Driving Alabama)

 


Quality child care, preschool crucial to state's economy, group argues

on December 16, 2013 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Sixty-five percent of Alabama kids under age 6 have both parents in the work force.
  

So while their parents work, many of those children spend their days at child care centers, preschool or kindergarten.

 

The child care and early education industries are critical not just to those 192,000 children, but also the state's economy, contended a new report released by a group arguing for more investment, and higher standards, in early care programs.

 

The industry directly employs 18,959 full-time equivalent jobs, has a payroll of $369 million and has a billion dollar impact on the state's economy, according to the report prepared by Auburn University at Montgomery economist Keivan Deravi for the Alabama Partnership for Children.



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


Mercedes unveils new C-Class being added to production line in Vance

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
 December 17, 2013 

The German luxury automaker released photos and information of the 2015 C-Class, which is expected to go on sale next fall.

 

The new C-Class will be bigger with more legroom and trunk space than the current model but will weigh less, Mercedes said in a release. The vehicle also will have more new technology and advanced equipment than its predecessor.

 

The price range was not released, but it could be announced next month at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. The Detroit show is one of the world's top auto shows and is where Mercedes in 1996 unveiled its first sports utility vehicle, the Vance-made M-Class.


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 Commercial/defense contractor offering up to 100 engineering jobs to Huntsville area

on December 16, 2013 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Harris RF Communications has approximately 100  engineering job openings available, and is looking to recruit qualified workers from across the Huntsville area.

 

The full-time, permanent electrical, mechanical, software and systems engineering jobs involve developing advanced tactical communication hardware, software and systems solutions for the armed forces, public safety and government customers.

 

"The engineers would work on military programs and veterans are definitely wanted," Jennifer Tumminio, senior vice president of FleishmanHillard, said in an email to AL.com. "The Harris Huntsville office will be the lucky recipient of these positions if qualified individuals want to stay or relocate to Huntsville."


 

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[al.com]

 

 


With all options 'under consideration,' Boeing won't make any decision on 777X until 2014

on December 17, 2013

A decision on a new home for the 777X won't come until after the new year, according to Boeing officials.

 

Boeing spokesman Doug Alder told The Post and Courierthe company is looking at all options related to the 777X. The company earlier confirmed it received proposals from 22 states, many of which submitted multiple sites for consideration. A total of 54 sites are being considered for the $10 billion production facility and its 8,500 jobs.

 

Alabama is among those contenders with state officials touting Huntsville as a new home for the 777X. Boeing officials said construction of the facility will begin by November 2014 with airplane production beginning in 2016 and delivery to customer in 2020.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 BAE Systems awarded $220 million Army Space and Missile Defense Command contract

on December 16, 2013 
 

BAE Systems has been awarded a U.S. Army contract worth up to $220 million over three years.

 

Under the contract, BAE Systems will bid on task orders with four other companies to support various missions of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Army Forces Strategic Command. 

 

The primary focus of the contract, Test Execution Services and Launch Augmentation, includes helping SMDC meet testing objectives in several areas, including integrated missile defense, warfighter weapon development, homeland security, cyber technology, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.



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[al.com]

 

 

 


 Hyundai readies for a return trip to the Super Bowl (Driving Alabama)

on December 16, 2013 

Hyundai plans to run TV spots during Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, marking the company's seventh straight year of participating on the advertising world's biggest stage.

 

The Korean automaker will spotlight vehicles including the Elantra compact, which is produced at its Montgomery factory.

 

Hyundai said it plans two spots, one in the first quarter that will feature the Genesis sedan, and the Elantra's will follow in the fourth quarter.


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[al.com]

 

 




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