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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:
Alabama Power's Crosswhite elected chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Hyundai's Alabama plant to ramp up output as the redesigned Sonata rolls out to dealers
2014 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana Awarded Silver Shovels
Chamber's new leader: Prattville 'poised to explode
2 North Alabama companies win $56K in grants for employee training through ADECA
Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology names new vp for advancement
Companies find a place for ex-offenders amid Alabama's lacking workforce

 


 

Alabama Power's Crosswhite elected chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The new CEO of Alabama Power Co. is also the new chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

 

EDPA said today Mark Crosswhite, who became the chief executive of Alabama Power in March after the retirement of longtime chief Charles McCrary, has been elected to chair the board of directors of the state's private economic development organization.

 

"I'm honored to chair EDPA's board," Crosswhite said in a statement. "The leadership of EDPA shares a strong commitment to build on Alabama's economic development success. Through EDPA, the business community in Alabama strives to be a catalyst for economic growth. We are working every day to attract companies to the state and find ways to collaborate on issues important to job retention and creation."


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 Hyundai's Alabama plant to ramp up output as the redesigned Sonata rolls out to dealers

on June 04, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Employees at Hyundai's Alabama auto factory will work two Saturdays this month, as the plant ramps up output amid the rollout of the redesigned Sonata sedan.

 

Last month, the Montgomery facility turned out a total of 31,160 vehicles, which were nearly even split between Sonatas and Elantra compacts.

 

Prior to June, the plant had scheduled only four production Saturdays this year because plant engineers needed the weekends to begin re-programming the robots for the new Sonata, as well as general preventative maintenance, plant spokesman Robert Burns said.


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2014 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana Awarded Silver Shovels - States with 3 to 5 Million Population
Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 2014)

Alabama is a leading exporting state - according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, it ranked 23rd for dollar value of exports in 2013. That total value - $19.3 billion - was just shy of the record high of $19.6 billion set in 2012.

In 2013 the leading export was transportation equipment ($8.3 billion, 8.6 percent growth), followed by chemicals ($2.5 billion, 3 percent growth) and primary metal manufacturing ($1.5 billion, 3.9 percent growth). In fact, vehicles and parts have been Alabama's top export since 1998.

 

The large number of automotive projects announced in 2013 reflects the huge contribution transportation equipment manufacturing makes to the state's economy. These projects include Mercedes Benz's plans to build a $70 million logistics hub in Vance, Tuscaloosa County, creating 500 new jobs. As automobile production increases, so does pressure on suppliers to deliver parts and components.

 

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Chamber's new leader: Prattville 'poised to explode'

Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
 June 4, 2014

"Prattville" and "growth" have become synonymous over the past few decades, and a new leader taking office Monday will try to keep that trend going.

 

The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce chose workforce development specialist Amy Brabham to help lead the way, naming her its new director of economic development. She starts this week, coming off a job with the Alabama Community College System.

 

Brabham spoke last week about what's next for Prattville and some of the keys to that future.


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2 North Alabama companies win $56K in grants for employee training through ADECA
on June 05, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Two North Alabama companies have received grants totaling $56,150 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

 

ADECA, which is managing the funds made available by the U.S. Department of Labor, awarded $26,150 to Huntsville-based Wiley & Associates and $30,000 to Decatur pet food manufacturer Big Heart Pet Brands.

Both businesses will use the funds for employee training. Gov. Robert Bentley said he has notified both companies that their grants were approved.

 

"When a company's workers learn new skills, the business gets a boost, employees gain job security and our state's economy is strengthened," he said.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology names new vp for advancement

on June 04, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A veteran fundraiser from California has joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology as vice president for advancement. 

 

John De Michele began work on June 1, the institute announced.

 

"John is an accomplished fund-raising executive whose experiences and values fit perfectly with our mission, our values and our future," Rick Myers, president and science director of HudsonAlpha, said in a statement. "His track record of innovation and achievement in non-profit organizations, higher education, and the medical industry dovetails perfectly with the needs of the institute as we embark on our next phase of growth."

 

De Michele comes to HudsonAlpha from San Diego, where he mobilized the largest gift - $125 million - in the history of the San Diego Symphony. He has worked for Tufts University, the Northwestern University Medical Center Foundation and National Jewish Medical.

 

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Companies find a place for ex-offenders amid Alabama's lacking workforce

 
on June 05, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama -- The line outside wasn't endless, in fact, the people trickled into the auditorium in spurts, some clutching pieces of paper that listed their credentials to be examined by someone who could help them land a job.

 

They pressed past the few folding tables, walking away with flyers and cards, each bearing the name of some company.  

 

"Our website's on there," said Debbie Johnson, a human resources manager at Horizon Shipbuilding, "that's where you go to fill out the application."

 

And they're just one out of a handful of companies searching among Alabama's indigent and out of work for employees to make up for shortcomings in the labor market. In recent years, the Gulf Coast region has been riding a wave of manufacturing growth, requiring more and more workers to fill the void.


 

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[al.com]

 

 




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