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In this issue:
Agriculture top industry in Alabama
Rotaract Club, Alabama Power Foundation give $10K for mobile charging stations
Made in Franklin
Auto industry builds new-look economy
Alabama Power Foundation gives university's largest research gift
Rocket Hatch's startup pitch competition Will It Fly? extends ticket deadline

 



Agriculture top industry in Alabama
Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser
 November 7, 2014

What's produced in the forests and fields of Alabama generates a yearly economic impact of $70.4 billion, making agriculture the state's largest industry.

 

And the industry has a bright future, said Jimmy Parnell, president of the Alabama Farmer's federation.

 

"What makes agriculture unique is that every county in the state is involved , through either farming or forestry," he said. "Hyundai is a major part of the state's economy, but it is in Montgomery County only. There are large and small farms in every county in Alabama."


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Rotaract Club, Alabama Power Foundation give $10K for mobile charging stations
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer-Birmingham Business Journal
Nov. 6, 2014

The Rotaract Club of Birmingham announced on Thursday the winners of the $10,000 "Building Our Future" prize, which comes from a partnership with the Alabama Power Foundation.

 

The winning idea came in the form of solar-powered mobile charging stations on the much-anticipated Rotary Trail, which was submitted by a team of Rotaract members, according to a release from the organization.

 

We reported in August when Alabama Power Chairman, President and CEO Mark Crosswhite challenged the organization to come up with an idea that would be beneficial to the city.


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Made in Franklin

By Tom Smith Senior Staff Writer | 

November 6, 2014

 

RUSSELLVILLE - Franklin County School Superintendent Gary Williams said he often hears students talk about moving away from the area to get a good job.

 

"But we have very diverse industries right here in Franklin County," Williams said. "A lot of people don't know what industries we do have here. We have some good things going on, and our students need to know that."

 

On Thursday morning, more than 1,500 high school students from throughout Franklin County and Russellville got a first-hand look at just had how diversified and specialized business and industries are in the county.

 

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[Times Daily]

 

 

 

 

 

  


 



Auto industry builds new-look economy
Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
November 7, 2014

Since then, the River Region has built its present and future on the sturdy back of an ever-growing manufacturing network.

 

The $1.7 billion Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama assembly plant makes the company's two most popular vehicles in North America. It added a third shift and moved to round-the-clock production in 2012 to keep up with demand for Elantra and Sonata sedans, and more than 3,000 people now work there.

 

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Alabama Power Foundation gives university's largest research gift

Sara Falligant | Opelika-Auburn News |

November 7, 2014

 

Auburn University announced its largest-ever research gift Friday during the November Board of Trustees Meeting, gifted by the Alabama Power Foundation in honor of board member Charles McCrary. The gift will create the Charles D. McCrary Institute at the university.


 

"This is indeed a transformative gift for Auburn University," said John Mason, vice president for research and economic development at Auburn.


 

The gift celebrates McCrary's 40-year career with Alabama Power. He retired in April as president and chief executive officer of the company. McCrary is also a 1973 mechanical engineering graduate of Auburn.

 
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Rocket Hatch's startup pitch competition Will It Fly? extends ticket deadline

on November 06, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Rocket Hatch, an open community of creators and innovators in north Alabama, has extended its Will It Fly? fall startup pitch early bird ticket pricing deadline.

 

The new deadline is Sunday.

 

Rocket Hatch will host the startup pitch competition on Nov. 20 at Design Lab at 1300 Meridian Street in Huntsville. It's an opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs to present and pitch their new ideas. 

 

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[al.com]

 




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