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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 plans trade missions to Southeast Asia, South America and Europe this year
Sen. Shelby to visit Dallas County on statewide jobs tour
Airbus rising: First hires for Mobile's A320 assembly line arrive in Germany for on-the-job training
Education in automation
University of Alabama researchers make discovery that could help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's
Outgoing Chamber chair highlights business development, job growth in Madison County (photos)
Join us on Jan. 24 for our first pitch event for Round 3 of ther Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition
PARCA Annual Meeting on Jan. 31 Discusses Workforce Development with Governor's Task Force and South Carolina Business Leader

 


Alabama plans trade missions to Southeast Asia, South America and Europe this year

on January 16, 2014 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama's business recruiters plan to lead trade missions to countries in Southeast Asia, South America and Europe this year.

 

The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance are inviting representatives of local companies to participate in the trips, where they can meet with international companies and possibly find new markets for their products and services.

 

Export growth tends to fuel job growth. In 2012, the latest year available, the value of Alabama's exports reached $19.5 billion, a 9.4 percent improvement from the previous year.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Sen. Shelby to visit Dallas County on statewide jobs tour
Jan. 16, 2014

SELMA, AL (WSFA) -U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) will visit Dallas County to meet with employees at Hanil E-Hwa Interior Systems in Selma. The visit is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21.

The Dallas County visit will mark Sen. Shelby's twelfth stop in a statewide jobs and industry tour, during which he will visit a business in each of Alabama's 67 counties. 

 

"Job creation must be our top priority as a nation, and it will be the focus of my statewide travel," Shelby said in a statement. "It is critical that I hear firsthand from job creators and workers how federal policies are affecting economic growth, and what we can do to create more jobs in Alabama. These conversations with my constituents have always played a critical role in informing how I vote on issues before the Senate, and I look forward to traveling throughout the state again this year." 


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[WSFA]

 

 


Airbus rising: First hires for Mobile's A320 assembly line arrive in Germany for on-the-job training

on January 16, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama - And now it gets real.

 

The first group of employees hired to support the production process for Airbus' A320 final assembly lineunder construction at Mobile Aeroplex arrived in Hamburg, Germany, this week to begin their hands-on training.

 

"We are very happy to welcome our new colleagues from Mobile to the Airbus family," said Final Assembly Line USA Vice President Ulrich Weber, said in a statement issued by the company Thursday.

 

"They've been trained in Mobile over the past two months, but now they will be able to touch the aircraft and really learn how Airbus' assembly process works," Weber said.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Education in automation 

January 16, 2014
  
The Alabama Industrial Development Training program brought the "wave of the future" to Camp Hill Thursday, as students at the Edward Bell Technical Center had a chance to see state of the art robots in action.

The robotic manufacturing units were part of a mobile training module that tours the state to promote AIDT's Robotics Training Park in Decatur. The RTP trains adults in careers designing, programing, maintaining and repairing the complex units. Students from Dadeville, Alexander City, Reeltown and Horseshoe Bend had the chance to observe the robots in action and even tinker a bit with their controls.

 

Nick Norwood of Dadeville was pondering the bot's brain as RTP Project Manager Rick Maroney showed him a robot steadily tracing a circuit diagram.

 

"So how many lines of code does it take to make this work?" he asked Maroney, learning that each movement the arm makes requires a specific line of instructions, or code.


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[Alex City Outlook]


 

 


 University of Alabama researchers make discovery that could help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's

By Ed Enoch
Staff Writer | The Tuscaloosa News
January 16, 2014

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alabama working with variants of a protein found in yeast cells believe the work could help develop therapeutic treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease.

 

"This is really the first time it has been done," said Guy Caldwell, a UA professor of biological sciences.

 

The research is based on work by James Shorter, an associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, to "reprogram" Hsp104, a chaperone protein found in yeast that naturally works to unravel misfolded proteins - a common characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases.


 

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[Tuscaloosa News

 

 


Outgoing Chamber chair highlights business development, job growth in Madison County (photos)


on January 16, 2014

 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Just two weeks into the New Year, outgoing Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County board chairman Ron Poteat paused to reflect on a year of successes before passing the gavel on to predecessor Robert Mayes. 

 

Nearly 1,000 residents and business leaders began packing the Von Braun Center North Hall Thursday morning for the Chamber's 78th annual membership meeting, which took center stage shortly before noon as leaders looked back on the area's 2013 achievements.

 

Despite an uncertain economic climate, Poteat, who works as the area president for Regions Bank, said many local companies experienced growth and several new businesses decided to locate in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County last year.

 

Keynote speaker John Doggett, a former legal services attorney who now lectures on international entrepreneurship, global competition and sustainable energy, spoke on the topic of American exceptionalism.

 
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[al.com]

 

 



 


 

 

Join us on Jan. 24 for our first pitch event for Round 3 of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition.

 

Watch 12 teams each make a 10-minute presentation to our judges in hopes of advancing to the next stage of the competition. 

 

 The pitch event will be held at Evonik Corp., 750 Lakeshore Parkway, in Birmingham.

 

See firsthand the exciting ideas our aspiring entrepreneurs from across the state will share.   

Your support and participation is vital for our efforts to help lead Alabama's commercialization efforts and to create new jobs and companies.  

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Click here for more info.

 

 

 



 

 

 

PARCA Annual Meeting on Jan. 31 Discusses Workforce Development with Governor's Task Force and South Carolina Business Leader

 

Birmingham, Alabama - January 17, 2012

 

Will Alabama have the necessary trained workforce to meet the growing demand for employees in our expanding industries? What steps is the state taking to provide the talent pipeline that has become a key part of economic growth? What other states are leading the way? These are some of the important issues that will be addressed at the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama on January 31st.

 

During Governor Bentley's State of the State Address earlier this week, he discussed the Governor's College and Career Ready Task Force, created to develop ideas to help prepare students for a career. Recently, the Task Force presented a number of recommendations crafted to improve high school graduation rates and increase the number of higher-skilled workers.

 

The 2014 PARCA Annual Meeting will include a panel led by Task Force Coordinator Kib McKibbens, along with fellow members Mark Heinrich, Philip Cleveland and Bill Taylor, who will be discussing the recommendations and future actions of the Task Force.

 

The program will also include keynote speaker Don Herriott, Executive Committee member of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, formerly CEO of Roche Carolina and chair of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. He will discuss the extensive workforce development strategies of that state.

 

In addition, Dr. Randolph Horn of Samford University will present the results of the annual PARCA public opinion survey on issues related to attitudes on education and career readiness. The luncheon address will be given by Governor Robert Bentley. 

 

The 2014 PARCA Annual Meeting will be held on the morning of Friday, January 31st at The Harbert Center (2019 4th Avenue North in downtown Birmingham). The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues through lunch.

 

Those who wish to reserve a seat and eat lunch will need to register with the PARCA staff and pay the $65 registration fee. Online registration is available at www.tinyurl.com/parca2014.

 

Contact:

Marci Edwards

Director of Communications

Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama

msedward@samford.edu

205-726-2972

 

 


 




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