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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:
Athens approves $1.61M in incentives
Heflin board seeks public input on economic development
Some praise for the Magic City from speakers at UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium today
Monroeville ready to revitalize city center, boost profitability, maximize space as a Main Street
Shelton State earns national award for career prep
BBA awarded $40k grant to further education attainment in region

 


Athens approves $1.61M in incentives

By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer |

June 12, 2014

 

ATHENS - The Athens City Council approved $1.61 million in tax abatements and incentives Thursday for two companies planning to locate in Limestone County.

 

The council approved a $33,000 incentive for Carpenter Technology in Tanner and tax abatements for Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, which plans to locate in the Elm Industrial Park in Athens.

 

Asahi Kasei will receive an estimated $951,949 property tax abatement, spread throughout  a 10-year period.

It also got an estimated $626,150 sales tax abatement during construction. Asahi Kasei plans to build a $30 million plant.

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

 


Heflin board seeks public input on economic development

By Laura Camper

June 12, 2014

 

HEFLIN - The Heflin Industrial Development Board soon will ask the public for help creating a plan to promote economic development in Cleburne County.

 

Board members decided earlier this month to enter the Community Partner Program with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and appropriated up to $7,500 toward the fees, said Shane Smith, Heflin city clerk.

 

The partner program is for smaller rural communities like Cleburne County, said Tanya Maloney, a board member and executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce. The partner program should help the board get organized, she said.

 

"We need help," Maloney said. "We don't have a full-time board. We don't have a full-time staff."

 

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Some praise for the Magic City from speakers at UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium today
on June 12, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Two of the speakers at a sustainability conference held in Birmingham today -- one of whom said he is visiting for the first time -- had some words of praise for the Magic City.

 

"There are a lot of exciting things going on," Virginia Tech professor and first-time visitor Joseph Schilling said during his appearance at the Sustainable Smart Cities Symposium held at the DoubleTree Hotel Birmingham.

 

The third annual event -- organized by The Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) -- focuses on ways to make Birmingham a smarter, more livable city. About 300 people attended.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Monroeville ready to revitalize city center, boost profitability, maximize space as a Main Street Alabama community

on June 13, 2014

MONROEVILLE, Alabama - Monroeville has set its sights on downtown revitalization, and with its recent designation as one of the state's three newest Main Street Alabama communities, the transformation has already begun.

 

"Monroeville is on the higher end of entrepreneurial development, so we'll be looking at how do we work with the existing businesses to give them the data and training and support they need to improve and add lines to their businesses," said Mary Helmer, state coordinator for the nonprofit Main Street Alabama.

 

Monroeville joins Decatur and Oxford as the newest cities to join the community and economic development initiative, based on a national model that boasts three decades of success.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Shelton State earns national award for career prep

By Staff Reports

June 10, 2014


Shelton State Community College was chosen as the 2014 recipient of ACT's National Career Preparedness Award honoring exemplary efforts to advance college and career readiness by a community college.

 

Shelton State was recognized at ACT's National Gala on College and Career Readiness held in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 3. Representatives from Shelton State attending the gala and receiving the award were Lew Drummond, Director of Workforce Development; George Pratt, Assistant Director for Workforce Development; and Nicole Dubose, Ready-to-Work Specialist.

 

Based on nomination forms submitted by the education chiefs of the eight states participating in this year's College and Career Readiness Campaign, the national award selections were determined using an objective process developed by ACT. Award winners were decided by an unbiased committee comprised of national education and workforce leaders

 

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[Demopolis Times]

 


 

 

 


 

 

BBA awarded $40k grant to further education attainment in region


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - June 12, 2014 - The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) has been named a recipient of a Lumina Education Attainment Award, a one-year $40,000 stimulus to increase regional higher education attainment.

 

 The award will support the BBA's established goals to increase the percentage of high-quality credentials held by community residents after high school, including certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees, as set out in Blueprint Birmingham.

"This grant will be a tremendous boost to the BBA's existing Talent Recruitment Project, which connects top talent with quality jobs and outstanding companies in the region," said Waymond Jackson, vice president of workforce development at the BBA. "We envision this grant enhancing the BBA's and the community's continued work to attract and retain quality talent to Birmingham, as well as provide career pathway exposure to all students, at all levels, throughout the entire region."

 

The award program is part of a promising new partnership between the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and Lumina Foundation to engage the business community in efforts to increase postsecondary education attainment.  

"We have been excited to work with Lumina Foundation on regional strategies to engage businesses in education attainment," said Mick Fleming, president of ACCE. "This latest step in that strategy enables us to support chambers that are maximizing the link between post-secondary education and economic development goals."

 

Along with the Birmingham Business Alliance, the winning chambers include: Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Metro South (Mass.) Chamber; Greensboro (N.C.) Chamber; Greater Sarasota (Fla.) Chamber; Greater Omaha Chamber; and the Aurora (Ill.) Regional Chamber.

 

This awards program serves to advance chambers' previously defined regional attainment goals. The overall effort connects to Lumina Foundation's Goal 2025, a national effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information about ACCE's Education Attainment Division visit: http://www.acce.org/divisions/education-attainment-division/.

 

 

 


 

 




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