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In this issue:
Traceability, sustainability efforts take center stage at second annual Alabama Seafood Summit in Mobile
3 growing companies seek tax abatement
Rep. Bradley Byrne tours Brookley; touts facility's potential
Toyota's Alabama plant recognized for energy efficient operations
Foley begins sports tourism push with site work ongoing for $27 million athletic complex
Environmental stewardship awards honor Mobile area companies for science-based innovations

 


 Traceability, sustainability efforts take center stage at second annual Alabama Seafood Summit in Mobile

on April 23, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - At its core, the second annual Alabama Seafood Summit was all about the networking.

And based on the number of intense - often spirited - conversations witnessed in conference rooms, hallways and elevators of the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile Wednesday, the event accomplished its goal.

 

"Most importantly and unashamedly, we're here to help all of you do more business," Chris Blankenship told the crowd of about 75.

 

Blankenship is director of Alabama Marine Resources and program administrator for Alabama Gulf Seafood. The two-day event, which concluded Wednesday, was sponsored by the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission in partnership with the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries.

 

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]

 


 

 

 

 


3 growing companies seek tax abatement 

By Ronnie Thomas Staff Writer

April 23, 2014 

 

Three local companies considering expansions will request tax abatements when the Decatur Industrial Development Board meets Friday.

 

The meeting is 10 a.m. in the City Council chamber on the first floor of City Hall. IDB attorney Barney Lovelace was not prepared to release details regarding the projects late Wednesday afternoon.

 

Micor Industries, Styrolution America LLC and Feralloy Corp. are planning expansions. Two other companies, Yates Industries and WHY Properties, will come to the IDB to request a site grant application.

 

David Jones, vice president and chief financial officer for Micor, said his company, which has 63 employees, is expanding into an existing building next door to its facility on State Docks Road.

 

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

 


 

 

 

 


 Rep. Bradley Byrne tours Brookley; touts facility's potential

on April 23, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama -- U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne toured the grounds of Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Tuesday, touting the potential of the former military base in a press conference afterward.

 

The purpose of the pit stop was to find more ways Byrne, R-Fairhope, could leverage his position in the U.S. Congress to further develop the site. 

 

Construction of Airbus' final assembly line is already underway. The hope is, Byrne said, that it will spawn more suppliers who will feed into their operations, transforming the Mobile Bay area into an "aviation hub."



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[al.com]

 

 

 


 Toyota's Alabama plant recognized for energy efficient operations

on April 23, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Toyota for energy efficient operations in its facilities across the U.S.

 

The Energy Star Partner of the Year award, given to Toyota for the 10th consecutive year, includes the automaker's Huntsville engine factory.

Two examples of energy reduction activities were cited for the plant. Its projects include the collection of rainwater used to irrigate the plant's grounds and usingend-of-life hybrid vehicle batteries to power operations and provide back-up power during emergencies.



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[al.com]

 

 

 


Foley begins sports tourism push with site work ongoing for $27 million athletic complex

on April 23, 2014 

FOLEY, Alabama -- Don Staley has hit the ground running as the city's first executive director of sports.

 

Calling it a "coming out party" for Foley in the national sports tourism scene, Staley in early April joined Jeff Rouzie, the city's director of economic development, and Recreation Director David Thompson as well more than 800 sports tourism professionals at the National Association of Sports Commissions' event symposium in Oklahoma City.

 

Sponsoring an event luncheon, the city unveiled its first promotional video marketing the under-construction, $27 million Foley Sports Tourism Complex. Targeted for completion in summer of 2015, the city will boast a 104,000-square-foot events center as well as 13 state-of-the-art soccer fields, including one championship field with seating for 2,000.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 Environmental stewardship awards honor Mobile area companies for science-based innovations

on April 21, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Four Mobile area companies were honored recently during the Partners for Environmental Progress' 10th annual Environmental Stewardship Awards.

 

The coalition of business and education leaders represents more than 225 member companies who share the vision of applying science-based environmental best practices to business and community issues.

 

The awards, distributed during the coalition's annual membership meeting at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, honor member companies that have demonstrated a significant and positive contribution to applying best environmental practices to business and community issues.


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[al.com]

 




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