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In this issue:
Feds offer funds to help poor Alabama communities 'reimagine' workforce development
Quizzing at Quinlan Castle? SRI considering $10 million conversion of Birmingham landmark
Oxford Main Street project gets feedback, visit from the governor
Elmore County leaders appointed to workforce council
Business Confidence Stable, Stronger Job Growth Expected in Third Quarter 2014
Register for the 3rd Annual Supply Chain & Logistics Summit

 


Feds offer funds to help poor Alabama communities 'reimagine' workforce development

on July 23, 2014 

CHATOM, Alabama - The Delta Regional Authority announced Wednesday that it is spending $1.7 million to help "reimagine" workforce development in the Mississippi Delta region, including 20 counties in Alabama.
  

The federal-state agency, which represents 252 counties and parishes in an eight-state region, made the announcement in Washington County at the first of a series of summits planned throughout the larger region this summer.

 

"Just like the flow of the Mississippi River, the Delta economy is constantly changing - and our workforce training needs to change with it," Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-chairman Christopher Masingill said in a prepared statement. "Working with our state partners, we are committed to enhancing the system of how we train our workers and connect our people to the jobs of the future."

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Quizzing at Quinlan Castle? SRI considering $10 million conversion of Birmingham landmark

on July 23, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Southern Research Institute is putting together a plan to invest up to $10 million to convert the Quinlan Castle into a mixed-use project that could be used to teach children and adults about science.

 

Art Tipton, chief executive of SRI, said no plans are ready to act on yet, but they have determined an investment of $7 million to $10 million could convert the "castle" into a mixed-use educational facility where the young and old could satisfy scientific curiosity. Tipton made the comments while speaking to the Rotary Club of Birmingham today.

 

SRI has owned the Birmingham landmark since purchasing it from the city in 2008 for $400,000. It has invested some money repairing the turrets and the roof and securing the building from the homeless who used to illegally live there.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


Oxford Main Street project gets feedback, visit from the governor

on July 23, 2014 

OXFORD, Alabama -- Oxford residents tonight spent about two hours trying to put into words what they want the city's Main Street downtown revitalization program to accomplish.

 

Their guide on that journey was Mary Helmer, president and state coordinator of Alabama Main Street, who milled about among tables at Oxford Civic Center among groups, keeping conversations going and asking questions as residents found the words.

 

"We're not going to crack a vision tonight," Helmer said. "But we're going to keep the discussion focused."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



Elmore County leaders appointed to workforce council
Neil Probst
 July 23, 2014

Two Elmore County business leaders were recently appointed to a council that aims to help improve relationships between education and business in Alabama and better prepare graduates for jobs.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley placed Chuck DiLaura, president of Neptune Technology Group in Tallassee, and Kasey Myers, general manager of GKN Aerospace Alabama Fuel Systems, also in Tallassee, on the 28-member Alabama Workforce Council at the beginning of July, according to a news release from the Elmore County Economic Development Authority.

 

The council will offer advice to the state school board, the chancellor of the state community college system, the superintendent of the state's education department and the presidents of the state's four-year colleges and universities, the release stated.

 

 

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[Montgomery Advertiser]

 

 

 


Business Confidence Stable, Stronger Job Growth Expected in Third Quarter 2014

on July 24, 2014 

The Alabama Business Confidence Index™ (ABCI) held steady on the third quarter 2014 survey, down just 0.1 points to 55.5.  Sentiment improved from a year ago when the index stood at 52.9.  While trends in the six components of the ABCI were mixed, all indexes show positive outlooks.

 

The Alabama Business Confidence Index (ABCI) held steady on the third quarter 2014 survey, down just 0.1 points to 55.5. 

This is the 51st consecutive quarter that the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce has surveyed business confidence in the state.  A total of 248 business executives from across Alabama participated in the current survey.

 

A much better hiring outlook is the important story of the third quarter survey.  The hiring index is up 3.8 points to 54.9, its highest reading since it registered 57.6 eight years ago in 2006.  Among this quarter's panelists, 32.3 percent expect job growth in their industry to pick up this quarter, while 54.4 percent anticipate hiring at the same pace as in the second quarter.  Only 13.3 percent forecast a reduction in hiring.

 

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[al.com]

 


 

 


 

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