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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:
Six finalists advance in Alabama Launchpad Start-up competition
Alabama job ads dip 1.8 percent; see which companies were state's top employers in June
Chamber names workforce development director
Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent McKendrick pushes for building up Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy
Madison County praised as 'shining example' for international trade at national counties conference
Mayor Sandy Stimpson Q&A on recent trip to London: No timeline on Airbus suppliers coming to Mobile
WBCNA in Huntsville seeking nominations for 2014 Small Business Startup of the Year

 


 

Six finalists advance in Alabama Launchpad Start-up competition
on July 21, 2014 
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Six teams of entrepreneurs have advanced to the finals in the latest round of the Alabama Launchpad Start-up competition.

 

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, which puts on the contest, announced the finalists, which pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges on Friday in Birmingham.

 

The new business hopefuls are competing for a share of $300,000 in prize money.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 Alabama job ads dip 1.8 percent; see which companies were state's top employers in June

on July 21, 2014

The Alabama unemployment rate in June was 6.8 percent, and the number of total job ads dipped 1.8 percent from May, according to new data from the state Department of Labor.

 

ADOL reports there were 53,491 online job ads in Alabama last month. Of those openings, 26,793 were less than 30 days old and 4,985 were posted by recruiters or staffing firms.

 

The report shows there were three unemployed Alabama workers for every job ad posted.

 


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

Chamber names workforce development director
Staff report
July 17, 2014

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has named a director of workforce development.


LeNa' Powe will fill the position effective Aug. 15 and will serve as the chamber's primary liaison to the state's Region 3 Workforce Development Council and West Alabama Works, of which the chamber is the managing and fiscal agent.

 

Powe also will provide information and assistance with workforce training in a seven-county area and will be responsible for building alliances and coordinating workforce issues with local training providers, employment agencies, other chambers of commerce, area industrial development boards, education officials and elected leaders, according to a statement from the Tuscaloosa-based chamber.



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Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent McKendrick pushes for building up Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy

 By Jamon Smith

Staff Writer

July 20, 2014 

 

When plans for the Tuscaloosa City Schools' Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy were being laid out, the vision for the school included a goal of it becoming the best career-technical school in the South.

 

People would flock to TCTA from miles around to see what career-technical education executed at standard-setting levels looks like.

 

Superintendent Paul McKendrick said that vision has not quite come to fruition yet but that it's time it did.

 

"TCTA just completed its first year, and we need to get to the point of planning what this program's going to do for us," McKendrick said at a school board meeting this week. "I mean no disrespect to anyone, but everyone passes by this building and says it's a very pretty building, and it is, but the goal is to get programs that people talk more about than the building.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 


 

Madison County praised as 'shining example' for international trade at national counties conference
on July 17, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Madison County drew special recognition during last week's National Association of Counties conference in New Orleans.

 

The Madison County Commission and its International Trade Development Center (ITDC) are profiled as a case study in a new report entitled Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development.

 Featuring a photo of all the commissioners attending a ceremony at Toyota's manufacturing plant, it explains that collaboration is key to county economic development. It goes in to say that the ITDC is a true public-private partnership that collaborates with the private sector to promote economic growth through international trade education, training, and networking.

District 6 Commissioner Bob Harrison mentioned the recognition at this week's county commission meeting saying he was proud to see Madison County honored as "resilient county" when attending a session on strong counties.

"We would not have been able to accomplish this without our economic development people," he said.


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[al.com]

 

 


Mayor Sandy Stimpson Q&A on recent trip to London: No timeline on Airbus suppliers coming to Mobile

on July 18, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama - Attracting Airbus suppliers to Mobile is a process without immediate answers and can be frustrating at times, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said Friday.

 

But trips to the Farnborough International Airshow near London are a necessity, the mayor said, in getting access to potential suppliers while meeting with others in the aerospace industry.

 

"This is part of the process we have to participate in," Stimpson said during a news conference at his office in Government Plaza. "We have to tell our story."

 

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[al.com]


 

 

 

 


WBCNA in Huntsville seeking nominations for 2014 Small Business Startup of the Year

on July 21, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The Women's Business Center of North Alabama in downtown Huntsville is seeking nominations for its annual 2014 Small Business Startup of the Year award.

 

The award, which will be presented Sept. 4 at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County's Small Business Awards, will go to a business that is a "model startup" and is less than two years old.

 

 Avista Strategies was WBCNA's 2013 winner.

 

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[al.com

 

 

 

 

 



 UAB reaches halfway mark of $1 billion fundraising campaign, the largest in school history

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is halfway to reaching the $1 billion goal of its current fundraising drive, the largest in the history of the school, and officials says the money raised will benefit the city and region, not just the campus.

 

More than 74,000 donors have contributed more than $500 million to The Campaign for UAB, according to a UAB news release on Monday. 

 

The public phase of The Campaign for UAB launched in October 2013 and will run through 2018. The campaign allows donors to choose what efforts their donations support. 

 

The money donated is to be used for a wide variety of purposes, including support for research, economic development and technology-transfer efforts, recruitment of top-quality faculty members, enhanced campus facilities and improvements to the student experience on campus. 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 

Ten days left to nominate! 2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards

  

Don't miss the opportunity to nominate yourself, your business or someone else for the 2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards, presented by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation.

 

Winners will be honored on Sept. 25 at an Awards Ceremony Dinner at WorkPlay, Birmingham.

 

 On Sept. 26 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, winners will be recognized by Gov. Robert Bentley and will be invited to a private breakfast and book signing with Peter H. Diamandis, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation and our keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference.

 

Nominations end July 31st!

 

 Visit alabamalaunchpad.com/innovation/innovation-awards/ to make a nomination.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 




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