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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:
'New venue for new era': Alabama Power Railroad Park area steam plant to bring Birmingham a new kind of energy
Tuscaloosan gets state labor post; Fitzgerald Washington to succeed veteran Tom Surtees
Jacksonville knifemaker to partner with Remington, 10 local jobs likely
U.S. Secretary of Interior calls Birmingham's parks 'gems,' says country's green space could suffer if national fund not renewed
BBA's inaugural OnBoard Birmingham program aims to anchor young professionals here
Dominican Republic delegation in Mobile to discuss international trade
Meet the Most Influential: Hoar Construction's Rob Burton

 


 'New venue for new era': Alabama Power Railroad Park area steam plant to bring Birmingham a new kind of energy

on July 09, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- For more than 100 years the Powell Avenue steam plant served as a major source of energy for Birmingham.

 

Now, leaders at Alabama Power Company want to use the historic building to generate new civic and cultural energy.

 

Alabama Power President Mark Crosswhite this afternoon announced the company's plan to redevelop the former industrial plant into an entertainment and cultural center just across from Railroad Park and near the upcoming Rotary Trail.

 

"Lately we've been thinking a lot about the future of Powell Avenue," Crosswhite told the Birmingham Rotary Club.


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[al.com]

 

 


 

 Tuscaloosan gets state labor post; Fitzgerald Washington to succeed veteran Tom Surtees

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor
 July 9, 2014 

Tuscaloosa business and community leader Fitzgerald Washington was named Alabama labor commissioner Wednesday by Gov. Robert Bentley.

 

Washington's appointment is effective Aug. 4. He succeeds Tom Surtees, who announced his retirement June 24 after serving in the gubernatorial cabinets of both Bentley and Bob Riley.

 

Bentley, in announcing the appointment of his fellow Tuscaloosan, said in a statement that "Fitzgerald Washington has a strong business background with a wealth of knowledge and experience and is uniquely qualified to serve as labor commissioner. I am honored he is joining us to lead this important state agency.

 

"Fitzgerald will play a fundamental role as we work to provide employment opportunities for Alabamians looking for a job. I appreciate his willingness to serve in my administration, and I know he will be an honest and dedicated labor commissioner."


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Jacksonville knifemaker to partner with Remington, 10 local jobs likely

July 9, 2014

 

Remington Outdoor announced Tuesday a partnership with Jacksonville-based knifemaker Bear & Son to create a line of collectible cutlery that will launch in August. The partnership could lead to 10 new jobs, officials say.

 

"We think it's really positive for our business and the community both," said Ken Griffey, president of Bear & Son, which currently employs around 80 people in both manufacturing and contract work. "We will be able to sell more knives and hire more folks. We are trying to hire 10 people to get this thing up and started right now."

 

Griffey said the companies have discussed the partnership for two years, but it became reality in the last two months.

 

"We have been working on this for a long time and planning ahead of time," Griffey said. "We will actually start shipping some of the new products by the first of next month."

 

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U.S. Secretary of Interior calls Birmingham's parks 'gems,' says country's green space could suffer if national fund not renewed
on July 09, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - People outside Alabama are well-versed in the state's role as the epicenter of the civil rights struggle, but many are unaware of its commitment to the outdoors and its wealth of green space, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior said Wednesday.

 

Secretary Sally Jewell visited two parks in the Birmingham area, first touring Red Mountain Park.

 

"This is a gem 3 miles away from city hall, with hiking trails, biking trails," she said. "It's a place that tells more of the history of Birmingham than people know, the history of producing iron that helped us win WWII... There's so much history and archaeology to learn from Red Mountain Park."


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[al.com]

 


 

BBA's inaugural OnBoard Birmingham program aims to anchor young professionals here

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The Birmingham Business Alliance is out to weave young professionals who are new to Birmingham into the fabric of the Magic City.

 

More than 50 men and women representing 20 companies gathered at Vulcan Park & Museum Wednesday night for BBA's inaugural OnBoard Birmingham where they got a crash course from a panel of experts on Birmingham's economy, history and culture.

 

"We realized that it's important for people in our city to feel a connection to our city," Myla Calhoun, general counsel and senior vice president of regional development and public policy with the BBA, told the group of "OnBoarders" attending the kickoff event. "As a business organization, we have an obligation to facilitate that."


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[al.com]

 

 


Dominican Republic delegation in Mobile to discuss international trade

on July 09, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama -- Trade officials from the Dominican Republic -- Alabama's 25th largest trading partner -- met in Mobile for a general overview of the city and meetings with local business community this week.

 

The official trade visit included a tour of the Alabama State Port Authority's facilities, presentations from business leaders and a reception. 

 

In all, eight people from the country's government and as many as nine others from the private sector and trade organizations were included in the cohort.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Meet the Most Influential: Hoar Construction's Rob Burton
Bryan Davis 
Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
July 9, 2014

For Rob Burton, growing up around construction was like growing up around a farm.

The Hoar Construction CEO said his father, who was a project manager for the same company, expected him to work, but he didn't want his son to work just any job. He wanted him to find a vocation that made him happy.

 

It just so happened Burton loved construction from the time he was old enough to work on sites and in the warehouses. 


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 




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