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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:
Gov. Robert Bentley to speak to nation's governors about economic development
Gov. Robert Bentley to lead industry-hunting trip to air show near London
EDPA's Sewell: Alabama aerospace sector ready for takeoff
See where your Alabama metro fell on 2014 Best Cities for Manufacturing list
Huntsville's Space & Rocket Center among top 10 space-themed attractions in U.S.
Thriving Southeast Alabama aerospace sector seeks additional lift
Shoals EDA offering job creation incentives to companies through Back to Work program

 


 Gov. Robert Bentley to speak to nation's governors about economic development

on July 10, 2014

Gov. Robert Bentley will speak Friday about Alabama's strategic economic development plan at the summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Nashville.

 

Bentley, who is chair of the NGA's Economic Development and Commerce Committee, will talk about state efforts to reward innovation that has the potential to create jobs, his office said today.

 

"Alabama's economic development plan is unique and has enabled our state to strategically recruit new industries, create jobs and foster a business climate so small and medium enterprises can compete in global markets," Bentley said in a prepared statement.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Gov. Robert Bentley to lead industry-hunting trip to air show near London

on July 10, 2014 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley, along with elected officials and business recruiters from across Alabama, aims to sell the state and build its aerospace and aviation sectors at the Farnborough International Air Show near London next week.

 

Recruiters hope to capitalize on past successes, namely the giant Airbus airplane manufacturing plant that's taking shape in Mobile, by drawing more suppliers and support businesses

 

But communities elsewhere in the state also have a stake in the mission as economic developers look to lure more aerospace research and development centers, like the one announced last year by Boeing Co. in Huntsville.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


EDPA's Sewell: Alabama aerospace sector ready for takeoff


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Airbus' decision to locate its A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile has pushed the throttle up on efforts by Alabama economic development officials to accelerate growth in the state's aerospace sector.

 

With the focus of the global aerospace industry about to turn to the Farnborough International Air Show, Made in Alabama talked with Steve Sewell of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama about why the state has targeted the aerospace sector for growth and what the Airbus project will mean to that push.

 

The Farnborough air show, which begins Monday, is the industry's most important trade event, drawing thousands of industry executives, government and defense officials, and aviation enthusiasts. An Alabama delegation is at the trade event and will engage in more than 20 meetings with aerospace and aviation companies.

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

See where your Alabama metro fell on 2014 Best Cities for Manufacturing list
on July 11, 2014

A recent study by NewGeography.com ranks one North Alabama metro as the top small city for manufacturing: Florence/Muscle Shoals.

 

That ranking came despite three major economic blows in the Shoals over the past year.Hillshire Brands, HON Company and Tennessee Valley Authority all announced closures and employee layoffs, while International Paper in nearby Lawrence County shuttered in March and cut 1,096 workers.

 

But there's a silver lining for the area. In early June, PerformanceScrubs.com, a Nashville-based company that designs, makes and sells medical scrubs and uniforms and sleepwear, announced it will launch a new high-tech clothing manufacturing facility in Florence this summer.

 

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[al.com]


 


 


Huntsville's Space & Rocket Center among top 10 space-themed attractions in U.S.
Staff Birmingham Business Journal
Jul 11, 2014

Huntsville's U.S. Space & Rocket Center ranked No. 9 on TripAdvisor's top 10 best space-themed attractions in the U.S.

TripAdvisor.com named the U.S. Space & Rocket Center a "must-see" while visiting the Rocket City.

 

"Since 1970, this facility has showcased the past, present and future of human spaceflight," a news release said. "On display, travelers can view America's first satellite, Explorer I, the Apollo 12 moon rock and the Apollo 16 command module."

 

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Thriving Southeast Alabama aerospace sector seeks additional lift


DOTHAN, Alabama - At the Dothan Regional Airport, Commercial Jet Inc.'s workforce has been busy converting Boeing 737 passenger aircraft into freighters at the company's new facility, a significant addition to the thriving Southeast Alabama aerospace sector.

 

Miami-based Commercial Jet announced plans for the $12 million maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation a year ago, providing additional lift for a regional aviation cluster that's home to Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army's helicopter training center, and companies such as Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter.

 

"Aviation is a growth industry, and it matches well with our history," said Wiley Lott, external affairs/economic development director for the Southeast Alabama Gas District, a utility that serves the area. "We have a great mix of aviation activities. The best proof that it works is the companies that are here and the companies that have been here for a long time."

 

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 Shoals EDA offering job creation incentives to companies through Back to Work program

on July 11, 2014

FLORENCE, Alabama - There are only five days left for Florence-area companies to take advantage of a new job growth incentive program approved in May by the Shoals Economic Development Authority.

 

The program, which is called Back to Work, was developed several weeks ago to encourage existing companies in the Shoals to create jobs and receive up to $2,500 for each new full-time slot, up to five new positions within a one-year period. The jobs must pay at least $11 per hour.

 

Back to Work runs through July 15, and is aimed at helping out-of-work Shoals residents and those who will lose their jobs because of a plant closure or permanent layoff.



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[al.com]

 

 




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