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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:
Alabama Seafood Summit in Mobile to shine spotlight on nearly $500 million statewide industry
"What's Working?": Marion Co. is driving in new business through revitalization and tourism
UAB Hospital among 100 great hospitals in the nation
Blueprint Birmingham Summit reveals how Birmingham is faring against the likes of Huntsville, Mobile, Atlanta, Nashviile and other cities
Huntsville scientists ready to launch experiment to International Space Station
Airbus' US A320 Final Assembly Line takes shape
Entrepreneurs Compete for UA Funding April 11

 


Alabama Seafood Summit in Mobile to shine spotlight on nearly $500 million statewide industry

on April 09, 2014
 

MOBILE, Alabama - The Port City will host the second annual Alabama Seafood Summit April 22-23 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center.

 

The two-day event, sponsored by the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission in partnership with the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, begins with an evening networking opportunity from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 22 and continues April 23 with a full-slate of expert presentations and panels.

 

Alabama's seafood industry supports more than 11,000 direct jobs in coastal Alabama, alone, with a total annual statewide economic impact of $499 million.


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[al.com]

 


 

"What's Working?": Marion Co. is driving in new business through revitalization and tourism
By Bettina Boateng 
Apr 09, 2014 
Roughly 88 miles northwest of Jefferson County and about an hour and thirty minutes from Birmingham, Marion County leaders say they are open for new industries to move into their rural yet progressive county.

From stretches of land, which County leaders say can and is ready to accommodate new industries,   the new Interstate 22 cuts right through Marion County taking you west to Mississippi or east to Birmingham. With a county population of more than 30, 000 people there's a renewed spirit of revitalization echoing throughout the county. From the city of Hamilton, the county seat, to Hackleburg a town devastated by tornadoes in 2011, renovation and construction sites are clearly visible.

In this What's Working  online video report,  Alabama's 13 Bettina Boateng , Producer Danielle Deavours and Photojournalist Ben Bryson take  you to Marion County to  show you how officials and locals are working together to attract more jobs and money to the county.
 

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[alabamas13.com]

 

 

 

 


 

UAB Hospital among 100 great hospitals in the nation
Brent Godwin Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
April 8, 2014

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital has again been recognized as one of the best in the U.S.

Becker's Hospital Review mentioned UAB Hospital in its list of 100 Great Hospitals in America for 2014.

 

"UAB Hospital wears many hats. As a teaching facility, the hospital serves as a hub for molding the state's youngest physicians. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, also performs some of the most cutting-edge cancer research in Alabama," the report says in part.


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 


 

Blueprint Birmingham Summit reveals how Birmingham is faring against the likes of Huntsville, Mobile, Atlanta, Nashville and other cities
on April 09, 2014 


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -The Birmingham Business Alliance is performing better than its peer cities in two-thirds of its 12 key measurements, but its chief executive said there is plenty of room for improvement.

 

The BBA held its Blueprint Birmingham Summit 2014this morning, its annual meeting and report on how its economic development efforts are faring when compared with the other large cities in the state and benchmark cities across the country like Atlanta, Austin, Nashville and Charlotte.

 

Among the key measures reported:

  • There were 89 companies that located or expanded in the seven-county metro area in 2013.
  • The Birmingham metro area added 2,611 jobs through economic development efforts in 2013.

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Huntsville scientists ready to launch experiment to International Space Station

on April 09, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - What if you could turn a virus or bacteria off by blocking its cellular reproduction? It's a big idea and not a new one, but Huntsville scientists will be trying a new way to do it with an experiment flying on the International Space Station for the next six months.

 

On Monday, April 14, 2014, a SpaceX rocket is scheduled to lift a Dragon capsule toward a rendezvous with the station. On board the capsule is an experiment by the small Huntsville company iXpressGenes located at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, owned by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and headed by UAH biology professor Dr. Joseph Ng.

 

Just getting your experiment to the space station is an accomplishment. iXpressGenes first beat out other applicants to win a research grant to grow protein crystals in space from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). That's the independent agency that controls science in the American laboratories on the space station. 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 Airbus' US A320 Final Assembly Line takes shape

 

10 APRIL 2014 PRESS RELEASE

One year after the ground breaking ceremony for Airbus' first A320 Family assembly facility to be built in the U.S., the Mobile Assembly Line is making good progress. The main buildings are taking shape and the first employees have started their on-the-job training at Airbus Hamburg in Germany.

 

The steelwork on the main building, the Final Assembly Line hangar where the A320 Family aircraft will be assembled, started in April 2013 and is nearing completion. In addition, the powerhouse, which will provide utilities such as electricity, hot and chilled water is also nearing completion. The construction work continues with the assembly of the service building, housing the main offices, followed by the building of the logistics centre. 

 

In parallel to the construction, employees for the assembly line are also being recruited. The first manufacturing engineering employees started initial training in November 2013 in Mobile before beginning their on-the-job training in Hamburg, Germany in mid-January this year. Over the past few months, manufacturing engineers, station managers and quality managers have been working alongside their counterparts in Germany to become familiar with production tools and processes. 


 

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[airbus.com]

 

 

 


 

Entrepreneurs Compete for UA Funding April 11

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There may not be any business sharks, or other types, circling within Palmer Lake, but when some 30 University of Alabama innovators pitch their technologies, inventions and ideas to potential investors in UA's nearby AIME building, real money will be at stake.

 

Hosted by UA's Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs, or AIME, the Friday, April 11 competition, somewhat resembling the hit ABC TV show "Shark Tank," provides a venue for 18 teams, composed of UA faculty and students, to compete for approximately $100,000 in start-up funding and in-kind services.

In addition to the funding opportunity, the annual event, known as AIME Day, provides an occasion for members of the investment and business communities to hear presentations about specific UA-based technologies and entrepreneurial activities under way on campus, said Dr. Dan Daly, director of AIME.

 

Eighteen presentations, each about 10 minutes in length, will be made throughout the day, beginning about 8:30 a.m. and concluding about 2:30 p.m. when judges begin deliberation. Most of the day's events will be held in room 110, while those presentations made between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will be in the building's high bay area.

A group of seven outside entrepreneurial experts will select winners from among the day's participants.

 

AIME, a part of UA's Office of the Vice President for Research, focuses on bringing concepts from University of Alabama researchers and creating testable prototypes to demonstrate the value the ideas bring to the marketplace. It also helps fledgling companies create business plans and apply for select funding opportunities, and it provides laboratory and office space, through UA's Bama Technology Incubator, where companies can begin operations prior to full start-up phase.

 

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.



 

 

 




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