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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:
Business climate rankings: How does Alabama rank?
UAB, HudsonAlpha to create Center for Genomic Medicine
Leaders applaud new Alabama Future Workforce Initiative
Opp to get 80 new jobs
Steel import dumping puts Alabama workers and communities at risk, protesters say

 


 

Business climate rankings: How does Alabama rank?
Staff Birmingham Business Journal
Jun 17, 2014 
 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released its annual Enterprising States study, which looks at free enterprise policies at state and local levels.

 

Alabama ranks 21st overall for business climate, 14th for exports, 14th for cost of living, ninth for tax burden and 16th for entrepreneurism and innovation.

 

The study said, "Under the leadership of Gov. Robert Bentley, Alabama has made reform and improvement of its workforce development and job skills training a major agenda item. Since taking office in 2011, the Bentley administration has pursued several notable workforce-related initiatives. In 2011, the governor directed the state's university system to continue to develop and streamline workforce training programs at community colleges statewide, and ordered an examination and realignment of the state's economic development activities."

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 


 

UAB, HudsonAlpha to create Center for Genomic Medicine
By Alan Alexander Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
June 16, 2014
 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Huntsville-basedHudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnologyare teaming up to create a new genomic medicine research facility.

 

The UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine will study human DNA to better understand the onset and progression of certain diseases.

 

Richard Meyers, president and science director of HudsonAlpha, and Dr. Bruce Korf, chair of the Department of Genomics in the UAB School of Medicine, will co-direct the center, which will be made up of a cross section of scientists and physicians from UAB and HudsonAlpha working at both campuses.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 


Leaders applaud new Alabama Future Workforce Initiative

By Mitch Sneed

Outlook Managing Editor

June 16, 2014

 

Jonathan Sandlin is much more comfortable wearing a welder's helmet and holding a cutting torch than he is at a speaker's podium, but Monday the Dadeville High School grad told all who would listen about what being able to go through the dual-enrollment program at Central Alabama Community College meant to him.

 

Sandlin went through the welding program for two years and then was immediately hired by Robinson Iron President Ricky Robinson. Armed with what he had learned at CACC - he hit he ground running.

 

"Two days after I finished here, Mr. Ricky gave me a job," Sandlin said. "For the last two years, I have been working, doing what I love and out on the road. I've been able to see parts of the world I'd never thought I'd be able to see. If there is any advice I could give to anyone in high school right now it would be that if you want to do something - go for it. This program is perfect for anyone who wants help so they can make it happen."

 

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[Alex City Outlook]

 

 


Opp to get 80 new jobs

By Kendra Bolling

June 17, 2014

 

The Opp City Council on Monday entered into an agreement with the Covington County Economic Development Commission, the county commission, Covington Electric Cooperative and Alabama Aerospace Manufacturing and Georgia Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing.

 

According to the project agreement, the company has agreed to lease and remodel the AAM building for no less than five years and invest no less than $3 million to modify and equip the facility.

 

Renovations are to begin no later than July 1 and operations are to begin at the faculty no later than June 30, 2015.

 

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[Andalusia Star News]

 

 


 

Steel import dumping puts Alabama workers and communities at risk, protesters say

on June 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Alabama -- American steel workers, including those in the Birmingham area, face an uncertain future amid the dumping of steel imports in the U.S. market.

 

That was the message at a rally held this afternoon by the Alliance for American Manufacturing at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Fairfield operations.

 

An estimated 900 people, including U.S. Steel workers, members of trade unions, politicians and local business owners and residents turned out for the rally, part of a series of events being held across the country to raise awareness of the issue.

 

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, a Democrat from Selma, said the issue is one that crosses party lines. Alabama Republican congressmen Spencer Bachus and Robert Aderholt also spoke at the rally and echoed Sewell's comments.

"We're standing up for things being made in America and made in Alabama by American workers like yourselves," Sewell said.

 

According to AAM, nine countries, but mainly South Korea, are flooding the U.S. with steel pipe priced below cost to squeeze out U.S. producers. The situation puts jobs at companies like U.S. Steel, and the communities they call home, at risk.

 

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[al.com]


 

 




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