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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:
Eissmann Automotive adding 120 jobs
Schools receive $500,000 grant
Main Street Alabama seeks 3 new communities for downtown revitalization program (photos)
AlabamaGermany Partnership's (AGP) will hold its Sixteenth Annual Business Forum on March 7 in Tuscaloosa


Eissmann Automotive adding 120 jobs
By Elsie Hodnett
Feb 22, 2014 

PELL CITY - Eissmann Automotive North America Inc. will create 120 more new jobs this year.

"I am seeing a business in every county to see how I can help them and create more jobs," said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) as he toured Eissmann Automotive North America Inc. Friday. "I am pleased to see the job creation. I have learned a lot by listening and seeing. I want to know what can Washington do to help, not hinder."

Eissmann Automotive North America's Managing Director Jost Bierbaum said Eissmann produces parts for Mercedes, Corvette, Jeep and Tesla. Technical diversity includes leather cutting, scoring invisible airbags, sewing and stitching airbags, application of adhesive, function monitoring and flame treatment.



Schools receive $500,000 grant

By Andy Brown

February 21, 2014


The Butler County Commission for Economic Development and the Butler County School System have received a $500,000 grant that will be used to create two career academies at Greenville High School.


The funds were made available due to a bill passed in 2013 aimed at preparing students to be productive members of the state's workforce.


The 21st Century Workforce Act provides funds for local school systems to update their career and technical education programs. A total of $50 million has been allocated for the initiative.


According to Jacob Morgan, director of workforce development at the BCCED, $433,694 will be used to create the Industrial Maintenance Academy and $57,074 will be used to create the Health Science Academy.




[Greenville Advocate]





Main Street Alabama seeks 3 new communities for downtown revitalization program (photos)

on February 24, 2014 

Main Street Alabama, a program designed to bring jobs and people to the state's historic downtowns, is hosting workshops for communities that want to join the revitalization effort.


Application workshops will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on these dates: March 12 in Decatur, March 18 in Montgomery, and March 19 in Mobile.


During these workshops, communities will become familiar with the criteria for becoming a Main Street Alabama Designated Community and the assistance the organization can offer in revitalizing downtowns.











AlabamaGermany Partnership's (AGP) will hold its Sixteenth Annual Business Forum on  March 7 in Tuscaloosa.


 The AGP Business Forum entitled: "How to Build a Championship Team" will be opened by Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany Christoph Sander. The forum is from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm with full breakfast and lunch at The Recruiting Room, Bryant-Denny Stadium.


Speakers include Coach Joe Pannunzio , Operations and Logistics of Football; Steven Fair, Technical Dean at Shelton State Community College on the Megatronics and Lapp Program, more presenters from BLG Logistics, and Tuscaloosa County Schools. The business forum also includes walking tour behind the scenes of the Bryan-Denny Stadium and lunch with Dean of the University of Alabama Engineering School Charles Karr.


Space is still available for the Business Forum. Register on-line or to receive more information, please contact the AlabamaGermany Partnership office by phone at (205) 943-4772 or via e-mail at director@alabamagermany.org .


About AlabamaGermany Partnership

The AlabamaGermany Partnership is an Alabama non-profit corporation formed in 1998 to "develop and support relationships and friendships between organizations and individuals in Alabama and Germany". The membership of the AlabamaGermany Partnership is comprised of German companies with location in Alabama, companies and entities that want to do business with German companies, academic and cultural institutions with interest in the German culture and language throughout the State. For more information visit: www.alabamagermany.org






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