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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:
McCrary retiring from Alabama Power, Crosswhite named new CEO
Honda to add 50 jobs, invest nearly $72 million at its Alabama plant
Eggs N' Issues meeting to feature ADECA director Jim Byard
More Alabama students taking advanced placement courses
The wait is over: Airbus posts first blue-collar jobs for A320 final assembly line in Mobile
State approves $675,711 incubator grant

 


McCrary retiring from Alabama Power, Crosswhite named new CEO

on February 11, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Charles McCrary is retiring as chief executive of Alabama Power Co. after nearly 13 years at the helm, the company's board of directors said today.

Mark A. Crosswhite, 51, will become Alabama Power's new president and CEO March 1. Crosswhite returns to Alabama Power from Southern Company, Alabama Power's parent, where he served as chief operating officer.

McCrary not only has led the power company through some of its greatest natural-disaster challenges, but has been an active leader in a number of civic and business organizations. He took an atypical step into the spotlight and created a controversy when he publicly challenged Birmingham area leadership on its lack of unity and inability to accomplish things other Southeastern and Alabama cities were getting done in March 2006.

 

When Hurricane Ivan caused the largest rash of power outages in Alabama Power history, McCrary led the company as it worked with its crews and those from other states to get electricity restored. He would do so again during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the April 2011 tornadoes that ravaged the state. It was McCrary who led the company to institute a new plan to start informing areas of the state when they could expect to have their power restored.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Honda to add 50 jobs, invest nearly $72 million at its Alabama plant
on February 10, 2014

Honda plans to add 50 production jobs and invest $71.8 million at its Talladega County plant, the latest in a string of new projects for the Japanese automaker's Alabama operations.

 

The Talladega County Commission tonight approved nearly $3.4 million in tax abatements for the project, which is related to the production of drivetrain components. Construction, equipment installation and testing are expected to be complete next year.

The drivetrain components are part of Honda's "Earth Dreams Technology" program, which is focused on enhancing the fuel economy and performance of Honda's Alabama products, said Ted Pratt, a spokesman for the Lincoln plant.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 Eggs N' Issues meeting to feature ADECA director Jim Byard

on February 10, 2014

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Business Academy Eggs N' Issues breakfast will feature the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs with director Jim Byard, Jr.

 

He will speak on what ADECA is and how it affects the area with a focus on workforce and economic development both in the area and the state.

 

In January 2011, Governor Robert Bentley asked Byard to put his community development skills to work on behalf of the state naming him director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

As director, Byard serves in Governor Bentley's Cabinet, oversees a staff of 200 and manages a $350 million annual budget.



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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

More Alabama students taking advanced placement courses
By Robyn Sirmans
 Feb 11, 2014 

MONTGOMERY, AL -The number of high school graduates in the state who took an Advanced Placement course has increased by more than 254 percent over the past 10 years, from 3,123 to 11,086.

new report released by the College Board outlines the number of students taking AP classes from 2003 to 2013.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to receive college credit in a number of subject areas.

"Over the last ten years, we have seen an impressive jump in the number of students taking AP classes and scoring higher on the exams. We hope to continue to expand AP courses to 100 more schools by 2020 through the partnership with  A+ College Ready. AP courses offer more than challenging coursework - they offer students a chance to be college and career ready by taking and mastering ambitious work," said Dr. Tommy Bice, State School Superintendent.

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 The wait is over: Airbus posts first blue-collar jobs for A320 final assembly line in Mobile

on February 11, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus is officially hiring for the first wave of hourly manufacturing jobs at its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

The open positions include aircraft structure/installation mechanics, installers for aircraft cabin furnishings and aircraft electricians.

 

The available positions can be viewed and applied for on the Alabama Industrial Development Training website.

Starting hourly pay rates for all of the positions range from $13 to $22 plus benefits based on skills, experience and education. All positions require a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and at least five years' experience in aircraft maintenance.


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[al.com]

 

 


 

State approves $675,711 incubator grant
by Jack McNeely
Feb. 11, 2014

The state department of education has approved funds for a workforce development incubator that will bridge the skills gap between Walker County's high school graduates and the needs of its industrial partners, officials announced Monday.

"I hope this announcement ends the first chapter of a lengthy book of our ongoing economic growth and development," said David O'Mary, director of the Jasper Industrial Development Board and chair of the Walker County Workforce Development Task Force.

The Alabama State Department of Education approved the $675,711 grant in mid-January pending a budget meeting, noted Deb Ellis of the Walker County Center of Technology. The final budget meeting is scheduled Friday at the Jefferson County Board of Education office in Birmingham. 


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[Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle]

 




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