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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:
Angela Till joins Commerce Department as deputy secretary as Linda Swann retires
Rain Bird to expand in Steele
Tuskegee University partners with Sierra Nevada Corporation
Birmingham to host major Southeast/Japan conference in 2015
New business startups invited to Alabama crowdfunding seminar in Huntsville
Local businesses, schools partner to benefit education
Nominations for the 2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards are closing soon

 


Angela Till joins Commerce Department as deputy secretary as Linda Swann retires


MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Angela Till, an Alabama Department of Revenue official with deep experience in tax-related economic development issues, has joined the Alabama Department of Commerce as deputy secretary.

 

Till replaces Linda Swann, the assistant secretary of commerce who is retiring this month after 11 years with the Department of Commerce and a long, fruitful career in economic development in Alabama. In her new role, Till will function as the second-ranking leader at the state's lead economic development agency.

 

"We have become more strategic and collaborative in our approach to our mission at Commerce and to be able to call on a skilled and knowledgeable expert like Angela Till to take over in this role is critical to our success," Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said. "Angela's expertise in the financial and tax-related aspects of incentives packages and her deep experience in working with economic developers across the state will be valuable to us as we continue to pursue our job-creation strategies."


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Rain Bird to expand in Steele

Buddy Roberts

CNHI News Service

July 23, 2014

 

STEELE - An $11.8 million expansion at a St. Clair County manufacturing operation is expected to create 43 new jobs, local officials said this week.

 

Rain Bird Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of irrigation equipment, announced the plans for its facility in Steele.  It has occupied the former Saks Inc. warehouse owned by Belk Inc. since 2009, with the facility functioning primarily as a manufacturing site.  The expansion will bring the company's distribution operations to Steele.

 

"We are glad Rain Bird saw the advantage of expanding in Steele, and we are excited that the company will be providing an additional 43 jobs in our area," Steele Mayor John Wilcox.  "We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship in the future and to other expansion opportunities in the future."

 

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Tuskegee University partners with Sierra Nevada Corporation

Kristen Oliver | Opelika-Auburn News | 

July 24, 2014

 

Tuskegee University and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) are launching a new cooperative educational and research collaboration to promote aerospace engineering, the pair announced in a press conference Thursday.

 

Titled the Tuskegee University-Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser Program, the agreement will support space-systems industry leader SNC in advancing the technical design of its Dream Chaser spacecraft. It will also provide internship and employment opportunities for Tuskegee University engineering students.

 

"We are here to announce such a very powerful agreement and partnership involving specifically an aerospace engineering agreement that will help our students principally located in the engineering area," said Dr. Brian Johnson, president of Tuskegee University.

 

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Birmingham to host major Southeast/Japan conference in 2015
Jason Frost Editorial intern-Birmingham Business Journal

Jul 24, 2014

 

Between the state's automotive sector and Dai-ichi's pending purchase of Protective Life Corp., Alabama already has strong business ties to Japan.

 

Those ties could be strengthened even more next year, as Birmingham will host the Southeast U.S./Japan Association meeting in 2015.

 

Mark Jackson, CEO of Moreson Conferencing and the incoming honorary consul general to Japan for Alabama, said the two-and-a-half day event will have an economic impact topping $4 million.


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New business startups invited to Alabama crowdfunding seminar in Huntsville

on July 24, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Another free workshop on Alabama's new crowdfunding bill will take place next month in Madison County.

 

Small businesses are invited to a free town hall meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Alabama A&M Wellness Center on 4011 Meridian St. The law, which was signed by Gov. Robert Bentley in April, allows new business startups to raise up to $1 million in capital through crowdfunding.

 

Alabama Securities Commission Deputy Director Ed Reed will join State Rep. Laura Hall and the Madison County Legislative Delegation for the seminar, which will include a Q&A session and free handouts on crowdfunding.

 

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Local businesses, schools partner to benefit education

By Briana Harris Staff Writer | 

July 24, 2014

 

HARTSELLE - The gap between the training workers receive and the skills industry needs will never cease to exist, but its impact on the community can be reduced.

 

Toray manufacturing manager Mike Davis told that to a group of Morgan County business leaders, school administrators and faculty Thursday at a Partners in Education breakfast at Hartselle High School.

 

Davis, who chairs the Morgan County Workforce Development Coalition, said by working together, businesses and educators can help provide more qualified workers to meet the needs of business and industry in the Tennessee Valley.

 

Under the Partners in Education program, schools and businesses are partnered each school year. The breakfast, sponsored by the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, introduced school leaders to their business partners for the approaching school year.

 

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Nominations for the 2014 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards are closing soon! 

  

The awards will recognize companies, businesses and people doing innovative things for the state. 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 close July 31!

 

 

 

  Visit the Alabama Launchpad website to make your nomination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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