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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:
O'Neal plans $5M investment, new jobs thanks to Caterpillar's reshoring efforts
Selma's Craig Field announced as preferred site in a bid for international pilot training
City of Troy to expand runway and ILS technology
Cities of Brewton and Thomasville Recertified as an "Alabama Community of Excellence"
Chamber employee Harrison Diamond is Huntsville's new business relations officer

 


O'Neal plans $5M investment, new jobs thanks to Caterpillar's reshoring efforts

By Bryan Davis
Friday, May 9, 2014

 

O'Neal Manufacturing Services is expanding its business partnership with Caterpillar Inc. to provide a variety of fabricated parts and components for Caterpillar's new Small Track Type Tractor.

 

The announcement includes a $5 million investment by OMS-Birmingham in equipment designed to meet Caterpillar's current and future needs, and it will result in 20 to 25 new jobs.

 

The project was spawned by Caterpillar's efforts to reshore - or move operations back to the U.S. from overseas. As part of that initiative, Caterpillar is moving production of the tractor from Japan to Athens, Ga. O'Neal will provide parts and components for the tractor.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]


 

 


Selma's Craig Field announced as preferred site in a bid for international pilot training

Friday, May 9, 2014

 

An engineering company, with offices in Huntsville, has selected Craig Field as its preferred site in a bid for international pilot training.

 

On Friday, Economic development director Wayne Vardaman announced a partnership with Science and Engineering Services to select Craig Field Airport as its preferred site to train pilot-candidates from Kuwait. Science and Engineering Services has offices in Huntsville, Warner Robbins, Ga., and Columbia Md.

 

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[Selma Times Journal]


 

 


City of Troy to expand runway and ILS technology

By WSFA 12 News Staff
May 12, 2014 

TROY, AL (WSFA) -

 

During Today in Alabama Troy Mayor Jason Reeves made the exclusive BIG announcement about the airport enhancements during our 'Hometown Spotlight' series. The enhancements will include an expanded runway and the addition of instrument landing technology, the first for a civilian airport. 

 

"We think aviation is going to be a key in economic development in Alabama for years to come and this will put Troy in a very good position." Mayor Reeves says. This addition will extend the runway to almost 6200 feet, which will allow any kind of private airplane to land. 

 

This will be the only civilian airport with this new technology in the country and will not only aide for economic development for the city but expand military training and benefit the football program.

 

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[WSFA]

 


Cities of Brewton and Thomasville Recertified as an "Alabama Community of Excellence"

By Sidney Hoover

May 12, 2014 


The Cities of Brewton and Thomasville have successfully completed the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) recertification process.  The recertification is based on the ACE Community's progress in implementing its plans and progress towards approaching ACE Community Standards.  In 2006, Brewton was designated an ACE community and Thomasville was designated in 2007.  Both cities concluded the comprehensive three-phase approach to economic and community development for cities with populations between 2,000 and 18,000.  However, to maintain the ACE designation, communities must be recertified within three to five years from their original certification.

 

The Cities of Brewton and Thomasville were recognized during the, Monday, May 5, 2014, afternoon session of the Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Convention held in Mobile, Alabama.  The presentation of a plaque was made by Ms. Sidney Hoover, ACE Executive Director.  The awards were accepted on behalf of the each city by local representatives.

 

"Communities with eligible populations must complete and submit an application in order to be considered for the ACE program," said Hoover, Executive Director of ACE. "The two main criteria used in selecting ACE participants are 1) the level of local commitment to the ACE program, and 2) the community's capacity to support the ACE program."

 

For more information, visit http://www.alabamacommunitiesofexcellence.com/


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[ACE]

 

 


Chamber employee Harrison Diamond is Huntsville's new business relations officer

By Steve Doyle | sdoyle@al.com  

 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has added a new member to his cabinet.

 

At last Thursday's City Council meeting, Battle appointed Harrison Diamond as Huntsville's first-ever business relations officer. The new position was created following Michelle Jordan's move from economic development director to planning director.

 

According to a news release, Diamond will serve as the mayor's liaison to the local business community and assist Director of Urban Development Shane Davis with economic development projects, including ongoing initiatives to bring more cyber security, clean energy, biotech and geospatial technology jobs to town.

 

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[al.com]




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