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In this issue:
Attention Alabama Poets: Do you like to make money?
Spotlight on Bibb, Chilton and Dallas Counties
Anniston economic developer ready to realize city's potential
5 takeaways from Sen. Bill Holtzclaw's contracting seminar on doing business in Alabama
Grooms Aluminum Processing to build Ashville plant
With Straight to Ale and Yellowhammer expanding near downtown, Huntsville poised to become 'the Napa Valley of craft beer'

 


 


Attention Alabama Poets: Do you like to make money?
on August 13, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Everyone wants to be a poet. If someone tells you they don't want to be a poet, they're probably lying to you.

 

Have you watched Dead Poets Society in the wake of Robin Williams' passing? 

 

Watch it tonight (it's on Amazon Prime) and you'll recall that week in high school when you really wanted to be a poet and you wore that weird hat and seriously considered picking up pipe-smoking as a hobby.

 

Alabama Launchpad and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham are collaborating on a state-wide poetry contest at this year's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference as part of an effort to bring the arts and technology in Birmingham together.

 

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[al.com]


 

 


Spotlight on Bibb, Chilton and Dallas Counties

TEXT BY LORI CHANDLER PRUITT
August 2014

Bibb, Chilton and Dallas counties, in west central Alabama, are steeped in history and heritage but also moving ahead with jobs creation and ambitious community development projects.

 

 Rich in natural resources, the region capitalizes on them for agriculture, commerce and tourism and carefully preserves them as one of the best reasons for living here. And history is as rich as the land. Visitors come from around the world to Selma to explore its role in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Each of the three counties is working hard to recruit new enterprise. Bibb County is focusing on a new, privately owned industrial park in the unincorporated area of the county, says Mark Tyner, Bibb County administrator and industrial development authority director. The Scott G. Davis Industrial Park is only six miles from the Mercedes automotive plant in Vance, and only three miles from I-59.

 

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[Business Alabama]

 

 

 

 

 


 

 Anniston economic developer ready to realize city's potential
August 13, 2014

Eric Basinger doesn't just talk about economic development.

 

He has helped make it happen.

 

Under his leadership as executive director of the Ozark-Dale County Economic Corporation, Basinger's community has seen growth in its manufacturing and commercial sectors in the last three years. Commercial Jet, which provides aircraft maintenance, announced last year it will open a $12 million facility in Dale County and create 500 jobs. Construction of several restaurants and retail outlets along Highway 231 through the county are underway.

 

 

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[Anniston Star]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5 takeaways from Sen. Bill Holtzclaw's contracting seminar on doing business in Alabama
on August 13, 2014 

MADISON, Alabama - As a former contracts specialist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Sen. Bill Holtzclaw of Madison knows a thing or two about contracting.


That's why he held a seminar this morning for business leaders about contacting for services within Alabama. The 1 -hour meeting at the Madison Board of Education covered what Holtzclaw described as a "road map" on becoming a vendor for the state or local municipality.

 

"My bottom line is I want the biggest bang for our buck as a taxpayer," he said. "I want companies in Alabama, companies in North Alabama, companies right here in my backyard to be aware of contracting opportunities and to be able to drop a proposal in and say, 'Hey, this is our capability, this is what we can do,' and compete in that arena.


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Grooms Aluminum Processing to build Ashville plant
 Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Aug 14, 2014

St. Clair County's industrial base continues to grow.

 

The St. Clair County Economic Development Council said this week construction has started on Grooms Aluminum Processing, a new facility that will be located at 615 Industrial Park Drive in Ashville.

 

Dwayne Grooms, owner of the processing and smelting facility is leading the project, which will include a new 20,000 square-foot building and will create 10 to 15 new jobs in Ashville, located off I-59 in northern St. Clair County.

 

Grooms will process and sell the aluminum product from the Ashville plant.


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

With Straight to Ale and Yellowhammer expanding near downtown, Huntsville poised to become 'the Napa Valley of craft beer'
on August 11, 2014 
 
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The Rocket City's craft beer scene may have darted into the fast lane with Monday's announcement that Straight to Ale and Yellowhammer will open new, side-by-side breweries next year at the former Stone Middle School campus about a mile west of downtown.
 

Developer Randy Schrimsher is buying the vacant school and remodeling about half of it into a 40,000-square-foot brewery, tap room and entertainment area for Straight to Ale.

 

 He will also build a free-standing, 6,000-square-foot brewery and tap room for Yellowhammer on what used to be the Stone Middle athletic fields along Clinton Avenue.

 
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