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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 recognizes 8 Alabama companies for international trade excellence
RAPA opens 70,000-square-foot facility in Auburn
AIDT career expo for students set for April 25 in Birmingham
Cullman ranked third micropolitan in U.S. for economic development
O'Neal Industries' Jones to retire; Birmingham-based metals company announces other executive changes
EDPA launches program to help Alabama small businesses land lucrative federal grants

 


 

 

Gov. Robert Bentley recognizes 8 Alabama companies for international trade excellence
on March 05, 2014

Eight Alabama companies were recognized today for excellence in international trade by Gov. Robert Bentley during the Trade Excellence Awards in Montgomery.

 

Coordinated by the state Department of Commerce and Export Alabama Alliance, the nine-year-old Governor's Trade Excellence Awards Program highlights small, medium, large and new-to-export businesses across the state.

 

In a news release, Bentley said Alabama exports last year topped $19.3 billion, which is a 57 percent increase since 2009. In 2013, state companies shipped products to approximately 200 countries.

  

The top export markets for businesses in Alabama are the United Kingdom, Mexico, China, Germany and Canada.


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[al.com]


 

 


 RAPA opens 70,000-square-foot facility in Auburn

Sara Falligant | Opelika-Auburn News

 March 5, 2014

 

Rausch & Pausch L.P. celebrated the grand opening of its new 70,000-square-foot facility in Auburn Wednesday with a host of Alabama and German dignitaries, including Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

 

"One hundred and five families will benefit from jobs in this plant," Bentley said. "That's what we're all about, trying to create jobs in the state of Alabama. ... Everything is local when it comes to job creation."

 

Nestled in Auburn Technology Park West, the facility boasts highly automated assembly lines that manufacture high-precision automotive parts, including an engine start/stop system designed to reduce fuel consumption. The plant also represents an $18 million capital investment in Auburn over the next five years.


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[Opelika-Auburn News]


 

 

 


 AIDT career expo for students set for April 25 in Birmingham

on March 05, 2014 

Alabama's worker training agency, AIDT, along with the state Department of Education, is planning to hold the SkillsUSA Career Expo on April 25 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

 

More than 3,800 middle school, high school and community college students are expected to attend the event, which is set for 8 a.m. to noon.
  

The purpose of the expo is to show students different careers, as well as training and job opportunities. Students also will compete for scholarships and jobs in more than 46 skills contests.

 

AIDT is currently seeking exhibitors and students to participate in the event.



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[al.com]

 


 

 

 

 


Cullman ranked third micropolitan in U.S. for economic development

By Tiffeny OwensThe Cullman Times

March 5, 2014

 

Cullman has been selected as the third best "micropolitan" in the United States for new and expanding industries by the prestigious Site Selection Magazine, economic development officials announced Monday.

Cullman officials rolled out the news at a reception recognizing local industries at TP Country Club. Cullman was just behind second-place Tupelo, Miss. and first-place Wooster, Ohio among the nation's 576 micropolitan areas, according to Site Selection Magazine. "Micropolitans" are cities with 10,000 to 50,000 people and cover at least one county.

Site Selection magazine is published by Atlanta- based Conway Data Inc. and delivers expansion planning information to 49,000 executives of fast-growing firms.


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[The Cullman Times]

 

 

 

 

 


 O'Neal Industries' Jones to retire; Birmingham-based metals company announces other executive changes

on March 05, 2014
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --O'Neal Industries has announced that its vice chairman, Bill Jones, will retire June 30 following a 38-year career.

 

The company also said that Holman Head, now president and chief executive of O'Neal Steel, is being promoted to president and chief operating officer of O'Neal Industries.

 

In addition, Stephen Armstrong, now vice president of administration at O'Neal Steel, will become president and chief executive of that company.

 

Head and Armstrong will assume their new roles April 1.


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[al.com]


 

 


 


 

  

 



The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is launching a new program to boost the success of Alabama's entrepreneurs receiving the highly-competitive, federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

 

The federal government awards more than $2 billion in grants annually to advance research into real small businesses. In 2012, Alabama companies received just over $40 million.

 

Beginning March 28, Alabama Launchpad will host workshops across the state to assist Alabama's small businesses in securing more of these grants. 

 

Writing assistance is available now for companies in the process of writing or resubmitting SBIR/STTR proposals. If you know of any companies or entrepreneurs that could benefit from writing assistance, please pass along this information.  

  

Click on Alabama Launchpad SBIR/STTR Program for an overview, for workshop locations and for details of writing assistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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