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In this issue:
Former Decatur Mayor Lynn Fowler wins North Alabama economic development award
Career-ready at the Manufacturing Academy
Superintendent Tommy Bice discusses future of public education in Opelika
Alagasco acquired by Missouri-based company: What customers need to know
Hear and learn more about the 4th Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Birmingham on Sept. 25-26
See WBCNA's list of North Alabama tech firms that captured interest of national investors
Early registration ends Sept. 19 for the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference

  


Former Decatur Mayor Lynn Fowler wins North Alabama economic development award

on September 02, 2014 

DECATUR, Alabama - A former Decatur mayor took home an award for service and commitment to economic development last week during the North Alabama Industrial Development Association's annual conference luncheon.

 

Lynn C. Fowler, board chairman of the Morgan County Economic Development Association, won the Michael D. Roberts North Alabama Excellence Award.  MCEDA President and Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Nails presented the award.

 

Launched in 2003, the award recognizes groups, individuals, projects or activities that have had a positive economic and social impact on North Alabama.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

  


Career-ready at the Manufacturing Academy

By Jonece Dunigan Staff Writer | 

Sept. 2, 2014

 

MOULTON - Hatton High senior Nathan Anderton is becoming career-ready by playing with fire.

 

A red-orange shower of sparks fell around Anderton as he carefully cut sheet metal with a welding torch at the new Manufacturing Academy in the Lawrence County Center of Technology. It's a hobby Anderton has practiced with his father. But at the academy, he can mold his hobby into a career.

 

"There's stuff to be welded out there, and it's a good-paying job," Anderton, 17, said. "It's a hard trade to do, but if you get in there and do it right, you'll go a long way."

 

Welding is one of five classes offered at the academy, which started this school year.

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

  


 

Superintendent Tommy Bice discusses future of public education in Opelika
By Annie Hubbell
Sept. 2, 2014

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -Alabama State Superintendent, Dr. Tommy Bice, was in Opelika Tuesday, challenging area educators to step out of their comfort zone when preparing students for the future.

"We are already seeing that when you expect kids to do higher, more rigorous sorts of academic work, they can do it, we just have to set those expectations," explains Bice.

Opelika is the third stop on Bice's 12 city tour, explaining the future of public education in Alabama and the direction that state is headed.

 

Bice says their goal is to go above and beyond the No Child Left Behind Act, and prepare students for what comes next, redefining the measure of success from yearly progress to college and career readiness.

 

"For us to be able to be successful, for us to be able to fill those jobs, we need those students to be prepared for the opportunities ahead," says City of Opelika Director of Economic Development, Lori Huguley.

 

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[WTVM]

 

  


 

  

Alagasco acquired by Missouri-based company: What customers need to know
on September 02, 2014 

St. Louis, Missouri-based Laclede Group has acquired Alagasco from Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) for $1.35 billion, the company announced on Tuesday.

 

Customers of Alagasco won't see any change on their monthly bill or notice interruptions of service of any kind, said Suzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO of The Laclede Group in an interview with AL.com

 

"Their gas will still come from the same supply sources, their bill will look the same, and they'll have the same people out reading their meters that they always see. At this time, we have no interest in changing the Alagasco name," Sitherwood said. "A name change is not on our radar."

 

Sitherwood is in Alabama this week meeting employees, and she said she's happy to see some of the state's Southern hospitality firsthand.


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Hear and learn more about the 4th Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Birmingham on Sept. 25-26


 

Greg Sheek, Alabama Launchpad's programs director, gives the latest details on the conference in an interview with ABC 33/40.


 

Click here to watch the interview.


 

See a full conference agenda.
 

 Register and join us to celebrate Alabama's innovation successes! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 


See WBCNA's list of North Alabama tech firms that captured interest of national investors

 By Lucy Berry | lberry@al.com 
on September 02, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Six North Alabama technology firms are among several businesses that recently garnered attention from national investors.


 

The Women's Business Center of North Alabama announced the Huntsville Advanced Defense Technology Cluster Initiative, also known as TechRich,early this summer. Since launching, TechRich was invited by NCET2 to participate in an investment portfolio development event in California this fall.


 

Of the 13 TechRich small businesses that took advantage of the opportunity, a total of nine firms captured the interest of Fortune 500/Global 1000 investors. They will be featured at the GLOBAL 1000 Meet | Partner | Deal Portfolio Showcase + Conference late this month.

 

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[al.com]

 




 


 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 




Early registration ends Sept. 19 for the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference 

 

October 8-10, Birmingham


In October, senior executives from OEMs from across the southeast will showcase their plants' latest developments. Key elected officials from southern states will discuss maintaining and increasing the region's competitive advantage. OEMs and suppliers will roll up their sleeves and talk about supplier best practices to ensure that, as an industry, we meet the growing challenges of the global market. Join us in Birmingham and be a part of the conversation. Visit the SAC website to register
. Don't forget to plan to arrive early and play a round of golf or take a tour of Birmingham breweries! Golf registration deadline is Sept 8!

 

The SAC is hosted by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association in partnership with the Tennessee (TAMA) and Mississippi (AAMA) automotive manufacturers associations and support from the Georgia (GAMA) and South Carolina (SCAC) associations.


 


 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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