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In this issue:
Alabama job growth surges in September, unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent
If you do business internationally, check out NAITA conference next month in Huntsville
Google picks its top Alabama city for embracing the digital economy in 2014
Barber Motorsports Park expanding with new $4 million track complex for special events
A new name, bold mission for Create Birmingham, formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham
Dothan businessmen see opportunities during China trip

 


Alabama job growth surges in September, unemployment rate falls to 6.6 percent
on October 17, 2014 

Alabama's economy added more than 30,000 jobs in September, the state's strongest performance by far in nearly a decade, according to preliminary estimates from the Department of Labor.

 

Total employment in Alabama grew by more than 1.6 percent in September. The last time job growth topped that mark was in the fall of 2006.

 

The Alabama unemployment rate for September was 6.6 percent -- up slightly over the past year but down from August by 0.3 percentage points. About 140,000 Alabamians were unemployed in September.



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If you do business internationally, check out NAITA conference next month in Huntsville

on October 17, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - PZI International Consulting President Debbie McGee hopes attendees of next month's Navigating the International Landscape of People Management conference in Huntsville take home one important lesson.

 

"Obtain the education needed to understand the complexities of working outside one's home country," she said Thursday.

 

The Nov. 6 event at the Embassy Suites will be an all-day conference hosted by the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) in partnership with PZI International. The event is targeted toward companies and individuals that send employees outside of their native country for short-term assignments, extended business trips or long-term relocation projects.

 

McGee said attendees will have extensive networking opportunities with subject-matter experts and companies with a global mobile workforce.

 

 

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Google picks its top Alabama city for embracing the digital economy in 2014

on October 16, 2014 
 

PELHAM, Alabama -- Google has selected Pelham as Alabama's Internet business leader by naming the community the state's 2014 eCity.

 

The web giant today announced Pelham as its selection for the state's digital capital in terms of businesses embracing the Internet economy.

 

"Pelham serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness," Google representative Emma Ogiemwanye said in a press release. "Google is proud to recognize Pelham's accomplishment, and the role it plays in creating Alabama jobs."

 

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Barber Motorsports Park expanding with new $4 million track complex for special events

on October 16, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Barber Motorsports Park is spending more than $4 million on a new addition that is expected to draw more events and visitors from around the world.

 

The 830-acre Birmingham racing venue, founded by businessman George Barber, is expanding with the Barber Proving Grounds, a new track area and wet/dry skidpad that can accommodate additional events at the park while the existing track is in use.

 

The complex, which is adjacent to the existing track, is expected to be used for product debuts, corporate outings, safety instruction, driver schools and autocross and kart events.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

  


A new name, bold mission for Create Birmingham, formerly known as the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham

on October 16, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A large gathering of artists, arts administrators, educators, and others involved with the city's creative industries assembled atWorkPlay Wednesday to learn that the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham has a new name, and a broader focus that includes attracting new businesses to the area.

 

Dick Pigford, an architect and the current chair of the Cultural Alliance board, introduced "Create Birmingham," and its tag line, "Imagination, Invention, Opportunity."

 

"Our new name reflects our goal to represent the makers, the producers, the doers, the creators in our city," Pigford said.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

  


Dothan businessmen see opportunities during China trip

by Lance Griffin

Oct 16, 2014

 

Dothan's mayor has been touting the possibility of job creation through visits to China for 18 months.


 

Now, some members of the business community are learning the reason behind the mayor's optimism.


 

Dothan Warehouse President Stan Jones and Panhandle Converter Recycling President Joe Donovan are part of a handful of Dothan businessmen accompanying Mayor Mike Schmitz on the ongoing economic development trip to China.

 

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