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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:
Gov. Robert Bentley: Alabama's job-creation structure is in place, will pay off when economy improve
Lawmakers mull expansion of dual enrollment program
Mercedes-Benz top-selling luxury auto brand in US
Mobile Chamber honors Mitchells during 177th annual meeting (photos, video)
Cleburne County Technical School to apply grant to electrical education program
Culverhouse Students Helping to Create Jobs in Alabama
David Northington, Chairman and CEO of Cloud Sherpas to speak at the Samford Business Network Breakfast Meeting Feb. 12

 


Gov. Robert Bentley: Alabama's job-creation structure is in place, will pay off when economy improves

on February 04, 2014 

HOOVER, Alabama -- Alabama has a structure in place to create and maintain jobs, and as the economy improves, that organization will pay off for residents across the state, Gov. Robert Bentley said today.

 

Speaking at the Economic Development Association of Alabama's Winter Conference in Hoover, the governor touted the state's unemployment rate,which fell to 6.1 percent in December.

That's down from more than 9 percent when he took office in 2011, after running on a pledge that he would not take a paycheck until unemployment drops to 5.2 percent.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Lawmakers mull expansion of dual enrollment program
Written by Kala Kachmar

Alabama House Republicans touted a bill that would provide income tax credits to those who contribute to the State Board of Education's Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program, which allows high school students to take classes through the two-year college system.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley and House leaders from both parties have said they support expansion of the program, which has been in existence since 2007.

 

In the governor's 2014-15 budget proposal, he appropriated $6 million for the program.

 

The funding pays for student scholarships, which cover tuition, fees and books, according to Annette Funderburk, a legislative liaison with the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.


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[Montgomery Advertiser

 

 

 


Mercedes-Benz top-selling luxury auto brand in US

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
February 4, 2014 

Mercedes beat out its fellow German automaker BMW to claim the sales lead in 2013, and continued that performance last month.

 

Mercedes reported selling 22,064 vehicles last month, according to a company statement. BMW reported U.S. sales of 18,253 vehciles for the month.

 

Both automakers are among luxury automakers that have added lower-cost models to attract more buyers. Sales of entry-level cars and sports utility vehicles make up about two-thirds of their U.S. sales, according to Automotive News, a trade journal.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 


Mobile Chamber honors Mitchells during 177th annual meeting (photos, video)

on February 04, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama -- On a night to celebrate 2013's numerous economic highlights, members of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce also honored two prominent philanthropists: Abe and Arlene Mitchell, who received the Alfred Delchamps Award in recognition of their multiple gifts to the University of South Alabama and its medical centers.

 

The award was announced during the Chamber of Commerce's 177th annual meeting, held Feb. 4 in the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

 

The Mitchells' contributions to USA over the past year included Abe Mitchell's $50 million matching gift, announced as part of the university's 50th anniversary and tribute to President Emeritus Gordon Moulton last May.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 

Cleburne County Technical School to apply grant to electrical education program
By Laura Camper
Feb 04, 2014

RANBURNE - The Cleburne County Career Technical School received a grant of nearly $113,000 to start a new electrical education program next fall, the Board of Education heard at a meeting Tuesday.

The school applied in 2013 for a $112,891 grant from a fund for new and innovative programs offered by the Alabama Department of Education. The school chose to start an electrical program after talking to local business leaders, said Principal Eric Lovvorn. The business leaders told Lovvorn there wasn't enough labor skilled in electronics or electrical technology, he said.

The school partnered with Gadsden State Community College to find out how best to train the students and what equipment it would need and to start the program, he said. Then the school used that information to apply for the grant.

"We sat down and wrote it, and we got it," Lovvorn said. 


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[Anniston Star]

 

 

 

 


Culverhouse Students Helping to Create Jobs in Alabama

Feb. 5, 2014

 

The efforts of an inaugural University of Alabama student-led consulting program, SEALS, culminated in the grand opening of Fayette Fabrication, a manufacturing facility, in Fayette, Ala., about 60 miles north of Tuscaloosa.

 

The project began more than two years ago, when the once industry-dense city of Fayette began searching for a firm to court for the city's economy and to fill a void in the Alabama automotive supply chain. They focused their efforts on a major shipping rack manufacturer in Indiana, which showed interest in developing a branch in Fayette. The firm services major automotive manufacturers including Ford by designing and building shipping racks, or dunnage, critical to transporting a vehicle's parts from supplier to factory.

 

Under mandate from Culverhouse Dean J. Michael Hardin to create a student-led consulting program, Dr. Lou Marino worked in coordination with Ron Davis of the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute to field the first Strategic Entrepreneurship And Leadership Students (SEALS) team. The SEALS program focuses on providing short term, high impact solutions to a business's problems. Projects range from 48 hours to 30 days and focus on specific and high-yield projects.


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[cba.ua.edu]

 

 

 

 


 

 

David Northington, Chairman and CEO of Cloud Sherpas to speak at the Samford Business Network Breakfast meeting Feb. 12 

 

WHO?              Samford's Brock School of Business

 

 

WHAT?            Quarterly Meeting and Breakfast

                        Featuring David Northington, Chairman and CEO of Cloud Sherpas

TOPIC:  The Cloud Sherpas Story: A Silver Lining for Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Customers

Hosted by: Hand Arendall, LLC

FREE - Register at www.samford.edu/business

 

WHEN?            February 12, 2014

                        7:00 am

 

 

WHERE?         The Harbert Center 2019 4th Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

 

ABOUT THE SBN NETWORK BREAKFAST EVENT: For nine years Samford's Brock School of Business has brought interesting thought leaders to the Birmingham business community through its Samford Business Network breakfast meetings.  David Northington, Chairman and CEO of Cloud Sherpas, promises to bring to the community information on how to streamline technology functions in companies and small businesses.  This is event is hosted by our community partner, Hand Arendall, LLC.

 

Cloud Sherpas is a global cloud advisory and technology services company, with more than 700 people serving Fortune 500 clients and thousands of other businesses around the world. Experts provide unrivaled cloud strategy, implementation and integration capabilities, having successfully worked with clients across all industries. The company has transformed from a regional boutique into a global partner, and serves some of the world's largest businesses across many industries. Cloud Sherpas is a Platinum salesforce.com partner, the two-time Google Enterprise Partner of the Year for Google Apps and the first ServiceNow Preferred partner, making the firm one of the world's leading cloud services brokerages.

 

Cloud Sherpas is headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices throughout the United States and operations in Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. 

 

 

 

 

 




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