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In this issue:
Powering up at Airbus: Final assembly line's powerhouse comes on line
Automobile Alley Makeover? Mobile's St. Louis Street eyed for high-tech corridor, possible research park
UAB Collat School of Business to open entrepreneurial lab at Innovation Depot
Grant to help get high-speed Internet to industrial park
Brasfield & Gorrie sources $20 million in local contracts on Airbus project

 



Powering up at Airbus: Final assembly line's powerhouse comes on line
on November 12, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama -- The technology that will filter electricity into Airbus' aircraft manufacturing plant in Mobile was completed this week, officials announced Wednesday.

 

 The building will house the technology needed to provide utility services for the firm's campus under construction on the footprint of the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

Global conglomerate Honeywell designed and built the powerhouse, which will require five full-time technicians to oversee the facility when it reaches full operation. Airbus plans to build its A320, a single-aisle aircraft, at the site.

 

The facility was built in less than 18 months, and to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Designs, or LEED Gold standards. Officials said as much as 20 percent of the building materials used bought locally and about 75 percent of the construction waste will be recycled.


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Automobile Alley Makeover? Mobile's St. Louis Street eyed for high-tech corridor, possible research park
on November 12, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Imagine a dedicated corridor of high-tech activity that encourages entrepreneurial activity and increases the Port City's economic vitality by making Mobile a sought-after destination for tech savvy startups and employees.

 

That idea is exactly what drove a $500,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration grant proposal submitted last week by the University of South Alabama - on behalf of a much larger consortium of local interests - that could fund a feasibility study into the potential creation of a research park along Mobile's St. Louis Street.

 

"We're seeing some traction on entrepreneurship, and we saw a very successful model on our (exchange) trip to St. Louis this summer, and as you might imagine, the group came back motivated to find a way to replicate some of what we saw in downtown Mobile," Bill Sisson, president of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, said.



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UAB Collat School of Business to open entrepreneurial lab at Innovation Depot
Alan Alexander Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Nov. 11, 2014

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business will soon begin operating an innovation lab within the Innovation Depot. 

 

The lab will serve as collaborative teaching space to help students expand their entrepreneurial thinking.

 

Students will be able to work with the emerging businesses housed in the Innovation Depot to gain firsthand experience starting a business and to learn what it is like working in a startup environment.

 

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Grant to help get high-speed Internet to industrial park

By Tom Smith Senior Staff Writer | 

Nov. 11, 2014

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ROGERSVILLE - Mayor Richard Herston said in today's technology-driven society, high-speed Internet is critical for industrial recruitment.

 

"We need high-speed Internet in our industrial park," Herston said. "It's something that industries need, and we need it for recruiting future industries."

 

He said that's why a $6,500 grant from the Lauderdale County Community Development Commission is so important.

 

The development commission approved the grant along with 10 others totaling more than $64,000 during a recent meeting. The money is through the Tennessee Valley Authority's in-lieu-of-tax payments made to Alabama counties. The money is dispensed by legislators and must be used to promote economic development, education and recreation.

 

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[Times Daily]


 

  


 

Brasfield & Gorrie sources $20 million in local contracts on Airbus project
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Nov. 12, 2014

Large construction projects can often have a significant economic impact on the local community.

 

Brasfield & Gorrie's recent work on the Airbus campus in Mobile is an example of the potential benefits local contractors and vendors receive from projects.

 

The Birmingham-based contractor, serving as general contractor on the Airbus facility, sourced $20 million in contracts from local subcontractors and vendors during the construction of the campus.

 

Brasfield & Gorrie also said in a release today nearly 60 percent of all craft personnel on the construction phase were hired locally from Mobile, Baldwin, Washington and Escambia Counties.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]




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