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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 coming to Huntsville for news conference today, expected to announce new Remington gun plant employing 2,000
Chattanooga's Volkswagen workers spurn UAW
Meet Mark Crosswhite, the new Alabama Power CEO
Celebrating milestone in Alabama's Toyota manufacturer
County's strategic plan for economic development to be presented
Alabama exports hold steady in 2013; $19.3 billion in goods shipped just shy of record


Gov. Robert Bentley coming to Huntsville for news conference today, expected to announce new 
Remington gun plant employing 2,000
on February 17, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - City and state leaders, including Gov. Robert Bentley, have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. today to announce an economic development project "of significant impact for the Tennessee Valley."


The event at the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce is expected to focus on Remington Arms. TheMilitary Times GearScout website reported Friday that the North Carolina-based gun maker plans to open a new firearms manufacturing and development facility in Huntsville.


Sources familiar with the deal told AL.com on Saturday that Remington will move into the vacant, 500,000-square-foot former Chrysler plant at the corner of Wall-Triana Highway and Electronics Boulevard, near the airport. Those same sources said the plant will employ 2,000 or more people.









Chattanooga's Volkswagen workers spurn UAW
Times Free Press 
Feb. 15, 2014

Volkswagen's Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a 712 to 626 vote.


The vote count came late Friday after three days of balloting by VW workers in the National Labor Relations Board-supervised election.


 Some experts said the result is a blow to the UAW and that the VW plant was its best chance to organize a foreign-owned auto factory in the South.



[ timesfreepress.com]



 Meet Mark Crosswhite, the new Alabama Power CEO

on February 16, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Mark Crosswhite used to work at making waves, literally. Now he's at the helm of Alabama Power Co. hoping for smooth sailing.


It's been a long and eventful path from working at the wave pool at Point Mallard in Decatur while in high school tobecoming the new chief executive officer of Alabama Power, a job made even more daunting by thesuccesses of Charles McCrary, who is retiring as CEO the end of this month.


Crosswhite said he feels ready.


"I've got huge shoes to fill," Crosswhite said in his first interview after being named McCrary's successor. "Charles has been a great, great leader for Alabama Power. He's been influential in the state. He's been a leader in economic development. It's going to be a daunting task following him, but I'm looking forward to trying."







Celebrating milestone in Alabama's Toyota manufacturer
By Candace White
 Feb 17, 2014 

Toyota Motor Manufacturing will celebrate the production of its 3-millionth engine Tuesday.


  It's said to be a major milestone for Alabama and the automotive industry in the state.  U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will commemorate that milestone at the manufacturing facility in Huntsville February 18.

Sessions will deliver remarks on the need to defend American industry on the world stage alongside Governor Robert Bentley, Senator Richard Shelby, Rep. Mo Brooks, Mayor Tommy Battle, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (TMMAL) President Jim Bolte.  







 County's strategic plan for economic development to be presented

 February 12, 2014


The Randolph County Economic Development Authority will present "The Big Reveal" of Randolph County's strategic action plan for economic development on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southern Union State Community College.


Bill Taylor, president of Economic Develompent Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), will address the gathering.


Lunch (optional) is from 11:30 to noon with the program from noon to 1. Lunch will be in the cafeteria with the "Big Reveal" in the Renaissance Center Theater.







 Alabama exports hold steady in 2013; $19.3 billion in goods shipped just shy of record

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor | The Tuscaloosa News
February 16, 2014 

Alabama exports held steady in 2013 with a total of $19.3 billion worth of state products being shipped to other countries, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.


The total was about 1 percent less than the record high of $19.6 billion in exports in 2012. U.S. exports grew about 2 percent in 2013.


Transportation equipment and parts accounted for the biggest share of Alabama exports - $8.3 billion of the total, an 8.6 percent increase over 2012. Of that total, auto exports accounted for $6.5 billion and automotive parts made up $1.1 billion.



[Tuscaloosa News]




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