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In this issue:
Birmingham's Innovation Week: a public Google calendar
Alabama ranks as one of the most tax-friendly states in the U.S.
Site selection experts rank Alabama fourth-best state for doing business
Automotive hiring fair Saturday in Tuscaloosa
The 2014 Southern Automotive Conference early registration ends Sept 19

  


Birmingham's Innovation Week: a public Google calendar

on September 11, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Put on your entrepreneurial pants. Innovation Week is upon us. 

 

Birmingham's contingent of tech and innovation groups are teaming up to keep you busy from Monday September 22nd until the grand finale of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday night.

 

Innovation Week is an annual event to showcase and celebrate Birmingham's growing body of innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors.

 

You should make it a point to come out, support, and learn about some of the things going on in our city and state.

 

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Alabama ranks as one of the most tax-friendly states in the U.S.
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer-Birmingham Business Journal
Sep 11, 2014

The state of Alabama recently moved up in an annual list of the most tax-friendly states in the country.

 

Kiplinger, a Washington D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts, released its annual list of the 10 Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S. and Alabama once again made the cut after appearing on the list last year at No.6.

 

Alabama moved up one spot from last year, making the rankings at No.5.

 

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Site selection experts rank Alabama fourth-best state for doing business

on September 11, 2014

MONTGOMERY - For the second consecutive year, Alabama ranks fourth overall among national economic development publication Area Development's "Top States for Doing Business" and placed first in the sub-category of competitive labor costs.

 

"These high rankings mean that site selection consultants recognize that Alabama possesses the advantages that make the state attractive for companies looking to open new facilities or to expand their existing operations," Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said in a prepared statement.

 

The state also placed fourth nationally in the survey's key categories of both business environment and labor climate.

 

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[al.com]

 

  


 

Automotive hiring fair Saturday in Tuscaloosa
By Terri Brewer 
Sept. 11, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -An automotive hiring fair is set for Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy, located at 2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The fair is hosted by the Region 3 Workforce Development Council and West Alabama Works, a workforce development system housed through the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

 

Organizers say about 300 - 400 jobs will be available.

 

The jobs are in the areas of production, service and material handling, many with Mercedes-Benz contractors and suppliers.

 

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[WBRC]

 

  


 

 

 

The 2014 Southern Automotive Conference early registration ends Sept 19!

 
The annual Southern Automotive Conference original equipment manufacturers panel will feature Honda, Mercedes, Kia, Nissan and Toyota.


 
 Bill Taylor, president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, will lead the group of OEM leaders in a discussion about "Managing for the Future - the OEM Approach."

 

 Attendees will learn about management strategies the OEMs use today that help improve employee retention, quality and safety. The panel will share tips that make a difference in their plants and contribute to their success. Click here for the latest agenda.

 

The 2014 SAC will focus on how the South is Geared for Growth and accelerating the global automotive industry by focusing workforce, innovation and supplier excellence.

Join us in Birmingham and be a part of the conversation. Visit the SAC website to register. Arrive early and take a Birmingham Brewery tour!

 

Hotel room rate available until Sept 13!
October 8-10, Birmingham, AL

The Southern Automotive Women's Forum would like to invite SAC attendees to their annual Chocolate Affair which will take place at 5:30 p.m. October 8 in Birmingham. Check their website for details and to register.


 

 

 

 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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