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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:
Auto supplier to open $7.3M plant in Leeds, create 110 jobs
Birmingham businesses not doing enough international trade, event illuminates
Chasing employment dreams, championing small businesses and chilling out
Less than a third of Alabamians want to leave state, best rating in Southeast
'Better Parts Challenge' in Oxford May 6-7 looks for manufacturing solutions
Job fair deadline is Friday
3 Alabama cities hope to be named TVA 'Sustainable Communities,' appeal to businesses seeking healthy environments
Rocket City's Epic Launch Competition: Coming Soon

 


 

Auto supplier to open $7.3M plant in Leeds, create 110 jobs
Bryan Davis| Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

Iowa-based auto supplier Engineered Plastic Components Inc. is opening a new manufacturing facility in Leeds.

 

The company will make a $7.3 million investment in the plant, which will create 110 new jobs by the end of its third year in operations. Production is expected to begin in July 2014.

 

The company has purchased a 75,144 square-foot office/warehouse facility for the operation.


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 


 Birmingham businesses not doing enough international trade, event illuminates

on April 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The Birmingham Business Alliance recently played host to its first "International Trade Briefing" designed to grow the metro area's economy by boosting the importing and exporting operations of existing Birmingham businesses.

 

Mark Brown, vice president of business retention and expansion at BBA, said businesses, communities and regions can grow their economies in a variety of ways, but finding new markets for their products and services can be a major contributor - one Birmingham hasn't fully tapped.

 

"We have some great companies - big and small - that have been doing business internationally for years," Brown said. "But we also have more opportunities and companies with the potential to pursue those opportunities."


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


Chasing employment dreams, championing small businesses and chilling out

on May 01, 2014 
 

Local entrepreneurs considering a bid for National Institutes of Health grant funding need look no further than the Mitchell Cancer Institute Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

The agency-specific workshop is the latest in a series intended to help small, high-tech companies secure federal funding and is being offered jointly by the University of South Alabama's Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama's Alabama Launchpad program.

 

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the cost is $50 for Alabama residents and $100 for out-of-state participants.

This targeted workshop will be led by representatives from Greenwood Consulting, focusing heavily on specific NIH awards, key factors in succeeding within that program and specific examples. In addition, paying attendees will be given the opportunity to have Greenwood review their grant proposal anytime within one year of the workshop.

 

For more information, click here.

 


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 Less than a third of Alabamians want to leave state, best rating in Southeast

By Challen Stephens| cstephens@al.com
on April 30, 2014

Half of the residents of Illinois would like to leave the state. It's about the same in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, few wish to move out of Hawaii, Montana or Maine.

 

That's according to a new Gallup poll released today, a poll that finds Alabama atop fellow southern states.

 

Gallup asked: "Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"

 

In Alabama, just 31 percent of respondents said they would like to move away. That tied Florida for the fewest in the South. But when the question was flipped, Floridians were less certain.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 

 'Better Parts Challenge' in Oxford May 6-7 looks for manufacturing solutions

on April 30, 2014

OXFORD, Alabama -- Regional manufacturers from the Southeast will be visiting Oxford next week for a clinic in how to make more efficient parts.

 

Jenoptik Industrial Metrology will hold "The Better Parts Challenge" next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6 and 7, at Measuring Solutions, 832 Snow St., Suite G in Oxford. Demonstrations begin at 1 p.m. Measuring Solutions is a regional sales partner of Jenoptik.

 

The event will demonstrate how measuring devices and software can help local manufacturers make better parts, the company says.


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[al.com]


 

 

 

 


 

Job fair deadline is Friday

By Wayne Smith Staff Writer |

April 30, 2014

 

FLORENCE - Friday is the deadline for employers to register for the Hillshire Brands job fair.

Hillshire Brands announced last month plans to shut down operations by the end of the year. The closure will affect 1,100 employees.

 

To assist Hillshire Brands employees in identifying new opportunities, the job fair is scheduled May 20 and 21. It is for Hillshire Brands employees only.

 

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days to accommodate first-, second- and third-shift employees. It will be at Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum, 702 Veterans Drive.

 

The job fair is being sponsored by Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Shoals Economic Development Authority, Hillshire and the city of Florence.

 

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[Times Daily]

 

 

 

 


 

3 Alabama cities hope to be named TVA 'Sustainable Communities,' appeal to businesses seeking healthy environment
on April 23, 2014 

Huntsville, Florence and Scottsboro are working to be designated as "Valley Sustainable Communities" by TVA.

Thirteen cities in TVA's seven-state service area have already been certified as sustainable communities based on their efforts to conserve energy and improve the environment.

 

TVA said it created the Valley Sustainable Communities program "in response to more corporations indicating interest in locations where there is an ongoing commitment to sustainable practices."

 

 Cities that go through an independent review process led by Boyette Strategic Advisors can be designated "Platinum," "Gold" or "Silver" depending on the programs and initiatives they have in place.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 

Rocket City's Epic Launch Competition: Coming Soon

EMILY ZARA

Rocket City Launch will hold its inaugural startup competition May 2-4, 2014.

 

 Rocket City Launch is a weekend business plan and prototyping competition open to the general public. Fifty budding entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to form teams, develop their idea and pitch their concept to a panel of judges and business experts. Like other startup weekend events around the world Rocket City Launch will create a fun and challenging environment for entrants to develop their entrepreneurial dreams.

 

Rocket City Launch is hosted by MindGear Labs, LLC, and the Women's Business Center of North Alabama. (WBCNA).

 

 "We've made every effort to place the tools to create a successful business concept at the entrants fingertips," said MindGear owner Rob Adams. "The entrants will have mentors for both developing their business plan and prototype, a full shop of tools and equipment, and free food for the weekend. All they have to do is concentrate on their concept."

 

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[southernalpha.com]

 




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