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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:
Kajan Perfection announces expansion
Leaders eye innovation, technology in downtown Huntsville's growing center city (photos)
Vestavia Hills City Manager to speak on city's economic development at Chamber luncheon
Meeting will discuss impact of social media
From driving school to upcoming new vehicle releases, Porsche and Barber Motosports Park have strong ties

 


 Kajan Perfection announces expansion

By Andy Brown

February 6, 2014


A Louisiana-based company has announced its plans to expand its Georgiana facility.

 

On Thursday, Kajan Perfection announced a $1.5 million investment in new equipment at its Butler County facility, which directly led to the creation of three new jobs. Company officials said they expect to add at least two more jobs as part of the expansion.

 

"We have the wherewithal to get more equipment, we just need more people to operate it," said Matt Boquet, cofounder of Kajan Perfection. "That's why we located in this area. We feel there's a lot of opportunity here."

 

Kajan Perfection, which has a facility in the Georgiana Industrial Park, specializes in manufacturing close tolerance, precision parts for the oil and gas, agriculture, test and separation, petrochemical, and marine industries using computer numerical control machines.


 

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Leaders eye innovation, technology in downtown Huntsville's growing center city (photos)
on February 06, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Antonio Montoya was among 30 people to take part in a sold-out TechTour last week of downtown Huntsville's steadily growing base of technology and innovation companies.

 

The exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at several downtown businesses left Montoya, who is starting up a new nonprofit venture Rocket Hatch, full of hope for the future of Huntsville's burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.

"The TechTour made me realize even more the untapped potential we have in town for the kinds of companies I'd like to see and many other people would like to see more of in Huntsville," he said.

 

The inaugural TechTour was the first event in a series sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. The downtown Huntsville version included presentations, venue tours and a closing reception in the center of the Rocket City.



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 Vestavia Hills City Manager to speak on city's economic development at Chamber luncheon

on February 06, 2014

VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama -- Vestavia Hills City Manager Jeff Downes will speak about the City's ongoing economic development initiatives during the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

 

Downes, who spent the last decade of his 26-year career as the executive level leader and Deputy Mayor in Montgomery, officially began his two-year term as the Vestavia Hills City Manager on July 15.

 

"What I bring to the city," said Downes in a previous interview with AL.com, "is what I've told everyone. I don't bring the answer to everything; what I do bring is a style that is very collaborative and based on networking and teamwork to tackle problems."



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Meeting will discuss impact of social media

By Austin Nelson

February 6, 2014


Main Street Alabama will be hosting a meeting in Alexander City next week to discuss the economic impact of mobile apps and social media.

 

Mary Helmer, state coordinator for Main Street Alabama, said the Feb. 11 meeting is one of many training sessions put on by Main Street Alabama.

 

"It focuses on social media and mobile applications and how it relates to tourism and economic development," Helmer said. "When we do our programs, we tend to focus on different areas. We felt this was important to do now before the tourism season starts, to help get applications put together and social media up to snuff."

Lee Sentell, Director, Alabama Tourism Department and an expert panel will lead the discussion.

 

The cost to attend the training is $25 for Main Street representatives and $50 for the general public. It is open to Main Street personnel, chamber directors and business owners that can benefit from increasing their mobile and social media presence.

 

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 From driving school to upcoming new vehicle releases, Porsche and Barber Motosports Park have strong ties

on February 04, 2014 
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -Porsche's relationship with theBarber Motorsports Parkdates back to the beginning of the park itself and a top Porsche executive said the automaker plans several special events there this year, including two new vehicle launches.

 

Joe Folz, general counsel and secretary with Porsche Cars North America, told theKiwanis Club of Birmingham today the Porsche Sport Driving School has enjoyed great success at the Barber Motorsports Park since opening there in 2003.

 

There are 15 PSDS's in the world. None compare to the one in Birmingham, Folz said., which is the only one in the U.S.



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