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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:
Southwest Alabama tapped as a 'manufacturing community' by U.S. Commerce Department
The story behind Birmingham mayor's and UAB president's trip to New York
Chancellor says career tech, adult education vital to two-year colleges
Export spotlight: Mobile Chamber one of four 'E' Star award winners nationwide
Bentley talks jobs, education during stop
BBA promotes Jackson to vice president of workforce development
GD Copper project showcases Alabama economic development support system
Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie to build new Atlanta Braves ballpark and complex
2014 Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competiton registration ends Sunday
Dr. Amy Brabham named new Director of Economic Development for the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce

 


 


Southwest Alabama tapped as a 'manufacturing community' by U.S. Commerce Department
on May 28, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama -- The U.S. Department of Commerce Wednesday announced the first 12 communities that will be specially designated as so-called manufacturing communities, naming the southwest Alabama region among them.

 

The government-backed initiative known as the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership attracted some 70 applicants from cities, universities and local development agencies across the U.S.

 

Only 12 were selected, placing the University of South Alabama-led application in the company of cities like Milwaukee, Wis., Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rochester, N.Y., who were also chosen.

 

Several federal agencies took part in a similar program that awarded $7 million in grants to support long term economic development last September. In an attempt to replicate the effort, the Obama administration in December 2013 launched a national program to put a focus on sustaining the country's manufacturing sector.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


The story behind Birmingham mayor's and UAB president's trip to New York


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - By now you may have seen the video of Birmingham Mayor William Bell and UABPresident Ray Watts extolling the virtues of Birmingham on a business program in New York.

 

But the trip Bell and Watts took with the Birmingham Business Alliance to the Big Apple was about more than just getting front of the cameras. Some of the most important work took place behind the scenes.

 

The two-day trip was the fourth annual New York marketing trip the BBA has held to get the word out about the Birmingham region to national media and economic development decision makers. It falls under the BBA's "Blueprint Birmingham"initiative to improve Birmingham's image.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Chancellor says career tech, adult education vital to two-year colleges
by Jennifer Cohron
May 29, 2014

Dr. Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, emphasized workforce development and adult education during a visit with Rotary Club of Jasper on Tuesday.

Heinrich opened his remarks with a story of a young woman who was successful in both areas while he was president at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.

The student, whom he called Jamie, was born to parents who were illiterate, had substance abuse problems and died early in her life.

Determined to better herself, Jamie enrolled in Shelton State's Adult Education program. After acquiring her GED, she took advantage of a scholarship offered to graduates of the program and enrolled in a welding class

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 Export spotlight: Mobile Chamber one of four 'E' Star award winners nationwide

on May 28, 2014
 

MOBILE, Alabama - The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce received Wednesday the highest recognition bestowed in the United States for contributing to the expansion of U.S. exports.

 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented the local chamber with the President's "E" Star Award for Export Service during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by Christina Stimpson, the chamber's director of international trade, and Troy Wayman, the chamber's vice president of economic development.

 

"E" Awards are bestowed based on four years of successive export growth, buoyed by case studies that illustrated measurable export increases for clients. Of the 66 total "E" Awards distributed, Mobile's Star award was one of only four bestowed nationwide.


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[al.com]


 

 


 

Bentley talks jobs, education during stop
By Andy Brown
May 27, 2014

Gov. Robert Bentley met with small business owners Tuesday at the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce as part of his Road to Economic Recovery Tour.

 

The purpose of the tour is to visit communities and discuss local economic conditions and state-level efforts to attract more jobs to Alabama.

 

"I usually like to visit with those who help create jobs and are interested in more job creation," said Bentley.  "That's the small business individuals."

 

During the roundtable Bentley touched on a number of issues, including the state's college and career readiness plan, and how those issues impact small businesses.


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BBA promotes Jackson to vice president of workforce development
 
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
May 28, 2014

Waymond Jackson has been promoted to vice president of workforce development at the Birmingham Business Alliance.

 

Jackson has served with the BBA since 2012, working as the director of education and workforce development. He was alsoone of the BBJ's Top 40 Under 40 this year.

 

His work has resulted in a number of key initiatives in the metro area, the most recent being the AIDT Alabama Workforce Training Center which was opened two weeks ago.



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 GD Copper project showcases Alabama economic development support system


PINE HILL, Alabama - A $100 million, ultra-modern manufacturing facility near this small Wilcox County town has begun turning out copper tubing for heating and cooling systems, appliances, refrigeration units and plumbing.

 

 The GD Copper USA plant also is responsible for a completely different kind of product - renewed optimism in one of Alabama's most economically distressed counties.

 

How GD Copper USA - part of the China-based Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing Group- landed on a pine-covered 100-acre tract in Wilcox County is a story that illustrates how Alabama communities and agencies can work in unison to bring an economic development project to a successful conclusion.

 

The project returned to the spotlight this week as Golden Dragon Chairman Li Changjie joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and other officials at a grand opening event at the plant, which will employ more than 300 people once full production is reached.



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Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie to build new Atlanta Braves ballpark and complex

on May 27, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Birmingham's Brasfield & Gorrie is part of the development team that will build the new baseball park and surrounding complex for the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team in Atlanta.

 

American Builders 2017 - a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction, Detroit-based Barton Malow Co. and Atlanta's New South Construction - won the Cobb County Board of Commissioners' approval to be the construction manager of the new ballpark, scheduled to open in early 2017.

 

In addition to the state-of-the-art ballpark, the multimillion-dollar project will have 500 apartments or condos, offices, a boutique hotel, restaurants, retail and entertainment venues. There will be a plaza for concerts, events and movies and lots of green space incorporated throughout the project.


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[al.com]

 


 

 


2014 Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competiton registration ends Sunday

 

In the last competition, five teams won a share of $135,000 in prize money.

The Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition is now open to aspiring entrepreneurs across the state to compete for a pool of prize money that has increased to $300,000.

 

 

Apply today for a chance at winning money to propel your dreams of launching a startup that could provide jobs for Alabama residents.

 

Win or lose, competing teams finish Alabama Launchpad significantly more prepared to launch their business in the real world. 

 

Interested teams must submit an application and a $150 non-refundable application fee before midnight June 1. 


The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation puts on the competition, which promotes, rewards and increases the pipeline of high-growth, innovative ventures in the state.

 


More than $1.3 million has been awarded to winners since the competition started in 2006. In the last round, which ended March 21, five teams won a share of $135,000 in prize money. 

 

 

For complete rules, please visit alabamalaunchpad.com or contact Greg Sheek, Alabama Launchpad programs director, at gsheek@edpa.org or (205)943-4724. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Dr. Amy Brabham named new Director of Economic Development for the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce

 

 

The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Amy Brabham as the new Director of Economic Development, effective Monday, June 2.

 

"I am excited and honored to serve as the new Director of Economic Development for the Prattville Chamber," said Dr. Brabham. "I look forward to serving on the Chamber's economic development team as we continue to build upon an already strong economic development effort in Prattville and Autauga County. I am excited to help further the efforts to bring growth opportunities to the community."

 

"We are thrilled to have Amy join our team," said Patty VanderWal, President, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. "Amy's background in workforce development will prove invaluable to our community. One of the greatest challenges and opportunities our state faces is the ability to supply a skilled workforce that meets the needs of existing and prospective industry. Amy understands this issue and will be able to provide special insight and actions for connecting education and industry."

 

Prior to joining the Chamber, Dr. Brabham was Vice Chancellor for Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development for the Alabama Community College System, Department of Postsecondary Education.

Dr. Brabham has worked with local governments, state educational entities and statewide economic development organizations such as the Alabama Department of Commerce, AIDT and EDPA. A highlight of her economic development experience was joining Alabama Governor Bob Riley and the team that brought CGI, Inc. to Troy establishing more than 200 technology-based jobs in partnership with Troy University. 

 

These experiences have been along an 18-year career with Wallace Community College's Corporate Education unit, the Alabama Technology Network and through the Governor's Office of Workforce Development and the Alabama Community College System's division of Workforce Development and Career and Technical Education.

Dr. Brabham's education background began with a Bachelors degree from Auburn University followed by a Masters degree from Troy University and culminated with a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama.

 

She is active in economic development organizations and is a graduate of the Auburn University Economic and Community Development Institute.

 

Celebrating its 40th year, the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce was organized for the purpose of advancing the commercial, industrial, civic and general interest of Prattville and Autauga County and it has played an integral role in promoting businesses and the community.  

 

For more information, contact the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, (334) 365-7392, or visit www.prattvillechamber.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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