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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:
Dai-ichi deal signals latest in growing Japanese investments in Alabama
Advanced Manufacturing Academy program to start this fall
Alabama trade mission shifts focus to building ties in Uruguay
HudsonAlpha's Carter Wells assumes chairmanship of life science trade organization BioAlabama
New robotics phase still in plans
Hip-hop, R&B mogul Kevin Liles talks business success to packed Birmingham crowd
Covington County Economic Development Commission appoints new project manager

 


 

Dai-ichi deal signals latest in growing Japanese investments in Alabama

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co.'s pending multibillion-dollar purchase of Birmingham's Protective Life Corp. will nearly double the number of Birmingham employees who work for a company with a corporate headquarters in Japan.

 

It will also add to corporate Japan's growing investment in Alabama and Birmingham in particular.

Consider these facts from theAlabama Department of Commerce:

  • Japanese companies employ more than 16,000 people at their Alabama operations, with approximately 1,300 of those jobs in the Birmingham area.
 

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[al.com]


 

 

  

 


 

 Advanced Manufacturing Academy program to start this fall

By Emily Beckett

June 5, 2014

 

A new class starting this fall at LeCroy Career Technical Center will provide students with education and training needed to pursue jobs in the manufacturing industry.

 

The Advanced Manufacturing Academy will be offered through a partnership between LCTC and Jefferson State Community College along with a $379,000 grant from the 21st Century Workforce Act.

 

"This will be a great opportunity for our students to truly become 'college and career ready,'" LCTC Director Tommy Glasscock said. "These students will be recruited out of our robotics program for the most part. This is a step above what we do in robotics."

 


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[Clanton Advertiser]

 

  

 


 

 Alabama trade mission shifts focus to building ties in Uruguay 


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield met with high-level officials in Uruguay's capital Thursday to discuss ways to advance mutually beneficial opportunities as an Alabama trade and business development mission moved into its final phase.

 

Secretary Canfield, who is leading an Alabama delegation that includes eight businesses, said Thursday's talks in Montevideo were meant to identify areas of cooperation in various industry sectors that would promote commercial arrangements and allow an exchange of best practices.

 

"Our two areas are very comparable in many ways and working together through all the friends we have made on this short trip will lead us to a great many long trips in the future," he said.


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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 HudsonAlpha's Carter Wells assumes chairmanship of life science trade organization BioAlabama

on June 05, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Carter Wells, vice president for economic development at Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has been elected chairman of the board of the life science trade organization BioAlabama. 

 

Wells assumed the chairman's role at the organization's annual meeting May 29 in Birmingham.

 

Wells' election marks the full integration of the Huntsville genetics research institute into the fold of Alabama life science institutes, universities and industries. 

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

 

 


 New robotics phase still in plans

By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer 

June 5, 2014

 

Phase 3 of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park, a proposed $10 million project, remains on the table, even though its official announcement was delayed last week.

 

State Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said Gov. Robert Bentley's postponed announcement last week was because of scheduling conflicts. Orr told the park's executive board this week the state Economic Incentive Fund committee has not met to approve $7 million for the project. Bentley also was busy campaigning for Tuesday's Republican primary race, which he won.

 

The state's Capital Improvement Trust Fund commission approved a $3 million appropriation last August to fund engineering and architectural drawings for the third phase. This will allow construction to begin almost immediately.


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[Decatur Daily]

 


 

 


  

Hip-hop, R&B mogul Kevin Liles talks business success to packed Birmingham crowd

By Ashley Roberts

Jun 05, 2014 

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL -Kevin Liles is a big name in the music industry. The hip-hop and R&B businessman is responsible for the branding success of several artists including Jay Z, LL Cool J and Kanye West.

Today, Liles addressed the Birmingham Business Alliance's 28th Annual African American Business Council Luncheon.

"The message I'm bringing today to Birmingham is around Generation E: education, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment," said Liles.



The event was hosted by Protective Life Corporation.

 

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[alabamas13]

 

 


 

Covington County Economic Development Commission appoints new project manager

 

The Covington County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Mr. Jacob Morgan has been appointed to the position of Project Manager.

 

  Jacob is a native of Covington County and prior to joining CCEDC he worked with the Butler County Commission for Economic Development as their Workforce Development Director from the fall of 2012 to spring of 2014.  He has also served as intern with PowerSouth Electric Cooperative and the Opelika Economic Development Office.

 

"It is an honor to be able to come back home and make a difference in people's lives here in Covington County.  I look forward to working with my President and CEO Rick Clifton.  We are working to build on the economic success that this county has achieved over the years.  It is a very exciting opportunity."

 

"Jacob brings high energy and a new perspective to his job. He has had great success in the area of workforce development.  He knows the importance of having a skilled labor force to supply the needs of existing and potential industry.  He is now working with our existing industry to help address their needs as well as helping with commercial and industrial recruitment," Clifton said.

 

While at Butler County, Jacob was able to help bring a $500,000 grant to the Butler County School System for the creation of Career Academies.  Jacob has been involved with the Governor's Office of Workforce Development.  He served as Secretary for the Region 7 Workforce Council.  He also has worked with the Alabama Department of Commerce and AIDT. 

 

Jacob's educational background began with a Bachelors degree in Christian Studies from the University of Mobile followed by a Bachelors degree in Communication from Auburn University.

 

 


 

 

 




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