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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:
Gov. Bentley says Alabama could lure new tire manufacturing plant
Senate appropriations subcommittee gives NASA $17.9 B for 2015, $1.7 B for Space Launch System
Main Street Alabama reveals the next three towns selected for revitalization
How to apply for a production job at new $110M Remington gun plant in Huntsville
Huntsville's Rocket Hatch launches CO.STARTERS for north Alabama entrepreneurs
Installation of Instrument Landing System Completes Runway Project at Troy Municipal Airport

 


 

Gov. Bentley says Alabama could lure new tire manufacturing plant 

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
June 2, 2014 

Alabama is in the running for a new tire manufacturing plant.

 

"We are one of four or five states where they are looking," Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday.

Bentley did not name the tire company, but he said the proposed plant has the potential of creating up to 2,000 new jobs.

 

The governor told a gathering of people who run small businesses in Tuscaloosa that he spoke with officials with the tire company last week. He said the company is interested in two sites in Alabama. He did not identify where those sites are.



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 Senate appropriations subcommittee gives NASA $17.9 B for 2015, $1.7 B for Space Launch System

on June 03, 2014 

WASHINGTON - A Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee passed a NASA budget today giving the space agency $1.7 billion for the Space Launch System being developed in Huntsville, Ala., according to subcommittee Vice Chair Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa)

 

The committee vote also gives NASA $17.9 billion overall for fiscal year 2015. That's an increase of $254 million over this year's budget or a 6 percent boost.

 

The House of Representatives passed a similar budget last week giving NASA $1.6 billion for the new launch system. 

 

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 Main Street Alabama reveals the next three towns selected for revitalization

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -Main Street Alabama has selected the next three towns for its downtown revitalization initiative, tapping Oxford,Decatur and Monroeville for the community and economic development program.

 

Main Street Alabama selected the cities among several applicants through a competitive application process to become a "Designated Main Street Community."

 

Mary Helmer, state coordinator for the program, said work will start right away to begin working with each community in important areas such as:

  • Intensive board development and training
  • Establishing work plans and goals
  • Conducting market analysis with economic development strategies
  • Providing targeted technical assistance
  • Conducting quarterly training related to downtown development
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[al.com]

 

 

  

 


How to apply for a production job at new $110M Remington gun plant in Huntsville

on June 03, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Remington Outdoor Co. hopes to begin filling positions soon for its new $110 million production facility at the former Chrysler building near Huntsville International Airport.

 

Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT), which is providing pre-employment screening and training to Remington as part of an incentive valued at $15.9 million, is now taking applications on behalf of the gun and ammunition manufacturer.

 

Last month, Remington revealed plans to move its Bushmaster and R1 handgun lines out of New York and into Huntsville. Some lawmakers are blaming New York's strict firearms laws for Remington's decision to consolidate company operations to the Huntsville facility.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Huntsville's Rocket Hatch launches CO.STARTERS for north Alabama entrepreneurs

on June 02, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A Chattanooga-based program for aspiring entrepreneurs that has helped startup companies across the country will soon be available to residents of north Alabama.

 

Rocket Hatch, an open community of creators and entrepreneurs, will soon offer CO.STARTERS, a nine-week program already adopted by more than 20 organizations in Phoenix, Cincinnati, Nashville, Chattanooga, Lakeland, Fla. and Fort Wayne, Ind.

 

The national program, which uses lean business modeling methods to help new businesses, "equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action," a news release said.

 

"CO.STARTERS fills a critical void in our local area, providing a proven process and support community for our entrepreneurs as they seek to turn their business ideas into action," said Rocket Hatch Executive Director and co-founder Antonio Montoya. "This is one important step in our vision to grow and connect our start-ups and entrepreneurs to the global startup ecosystem and bring the best resources available to our region."

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Installation of Instrument Landing System Completes Runway Project at Troy Municipal Airport at N. Kenneth Campbell Field

 

TROY, Ala. (June 3, 2014) - The City of Troy celebrated an event more than a decade in the making at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Troy Municipal Airport at N. Kenneth Campbell Field Runway 07 extension on May 29, 2014. The runway features an Instrument Landing System (ILS) with an End-Fire Glide Slope, which makes it possible to land aircraft in unfavorable weather conditions. This system also allows larger aircraft to land, and is one of an estimated 60 in the world, half of which are in the United States.

 

The project was led by engineers from Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC), making this the first end-fire glide slope installation designed by a private engineering firm. All end-fire glide slope systems prior to this have been designed through the Federal Aviation Administration's internal engineering department.

 

"I'm very proud of GMC Project Manager Michelle Conway and the way she has led the team to complete this multi-faceted project," GMC Vice President for Airport Planning & Engineering Al Allenback said. "Commissioning the End-Fire ILS opens up the almost 6,200 feet of runway for all weather operations by larger aircraft and makes the airport a catalyst for economic development in the City of Troy and Pike County."

 

The project team included representatives from the City of Troy, the U.S. Army, the FAA, ALDOT Aeronautics Bureau, Watts Antenna Company and local contractors. The U.S. Army will maintain the system and handle the daily operations.

 

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc. is one of the Southeast's largest privately held engineering and architecture firms. The firm's headquarters is located in Montgomery, Ala., with offices located throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. GMC's Airport Planning & Engineering Division offers a complete package of aviation services comprised of everything needed to develop an airport from start to finish, from master planning, terminal and hangar design, runway and taxiway construction, environmental assessments (including wildlife) to geotechnical/GIS studies. For more information, visit www.gmcnetwork.com.  

 

 

 




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