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In this issue:
The future is now: Calhoun embracing 3-D print technology
See where UAB, UA and Auburn online business programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News
Innovation Depot opens coworking space for aspiring entrepreneurs
Plexus IS to open first office outside of Boston in Birmingham
Get 'Ready to Work' in the new year
Seaport Airlines: "We're the last hometown airline for the Shoals"
A decade later, Hyundai's impact felt in Montgomery and beyond
BBA to host distinguished panel on European Union, U.S. international trade agreement

 


The future is now: Calhoun embracing 3-D print technology

by Rebecca Croomes

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

 

Bethany Shockney, dean of the College of Business, CIS, Technologies and Workforce Development at Calhoun Community College, plucks a freshly printed owl from a 3-D printer called Maker Bot. She looks at the printer and says she sees the future of manufacturing.

 

"It will create job titles that don't exist today," she said, Tuesday afternoon.

 

And with four 3-D printers on campus and a metal 3-D printer on the way, Calhoun is becoming the place where workers who will hold those yet-to-be-named job titles are getting trained, she said.

 

more....

 

[News Courier]

 


See where UAB, UA and Auburn online business programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News

 

on January 14, 2015 
  

The online degree programs at the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have cracked the top 20 in a national ranking compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

 

The school's two online master's degree programs -- in accountancy and the management of information systems -- were rated no. 17 in the magazine's 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were released last week.

 

Two other state schools made the list. Auburn University cracked the top 10 at No. 6, and The University of Alabama is ranked No. 13.

 

more....

 

[al.com]

 

 


 

Innovation Depot opens coworking space for aspiring entrepreneurs
Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

The Innovation Depot has opened a new coworking space for aspiring entrepreneurs that don't have the time or resources for a long-term lease at Birmingham's business incubator.

 

Dubbed Ignite at Innovation Depot, the coworking space consists of eight work stations that are available to rent Monday through Friday for $300 per month as long as the entrepreneur needs the space.

 

"Ignite is for people who want to be entrepreneurs that don't want to commit to a long-term lease but need a place to work," said Innovation Depot CEO Devon Laney. "It's like a feeder to flesh out ideas and to develop business models and prototypes."

 

more...

 

[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 


Plexus IS to open first office outside of Boston in Birmingham
on January 13, 2015

A healthcare IT company is opening its first office outside of Boston in Birmingham.

 

Plexus Information Systems is an information management systems provider with clients like hospitals and anesthesia providers. The company's second office will open at 1037 22nd St. S.

 

The company's vice-president of client services, Rob Henry, lives in Birmingham and has been building up a team here, which made Birmingham a natural choice for the second office, Plexus spokeswoman Jennifer Dixon said.


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[al.com]

 

 



Get 'Ready to Work' in the new year

January 14, 2015

 

Sharpen your skill set and get the training you need to find a rewarding job in the new year by enrolling in the Ready to Work Program offered by Randolph County Economic Development Authority and Southern Union State Community College.


 

The five-week course begins Jan. 26 and meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8-11:30 a.m. at the office adjacent to the Randolph County Economic Development Office (1218 US Hwy. 431, Roanoke).


 

Ready to Work is a state-certified career skills training program designed to help participants prepare for success on the job. The program provides individuals with the education and job skills necessary for employment in today's workplace. 

 

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Seaport Airlines: "We're the last hometown airline for the Shoals"

January 12, 2014 

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) -  Seaport Airlines is officially open for business at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals.

 

Economic development leaders and frequent flyers in the Shoals have waited 20 years for the direct flight to Nashville. Airline leaders are calling it the "last hometown airline in the Shoals."

 

"We really see ourselves as the Shoals' hometown airline, and you won't be needing to look for another one," said Seaport Airlines President Rob McKinney. "We are your last hometown airline because we're here to stay."

 

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[WHNT]

 

 

 

 

 


A decade later, Hyundai's impact felt in Montgomery and beyond

Alabama Power 

 

It was spring 2005, and Montgomery area leaders were buzzing about an event that would transform the city and region in many ways.

 

On May 20 of that year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, a $1.7 billion automobile assembly plant located on more than 1,700 acres in southwest Montgomery, held its official grand opening.

 

Today, nearly a decade later, the 3.2-million-square-foot manufacturing plant employs more than 3,000 and produces tens of thousands of vehicles each year. Hyundai's Alabama operation has also become the centerpiece of a Korean infrastructure in the state that keeps growing and producing.

 

more....

 

[alabamapowernews.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

BBA to host distinguished panel on European Union, U.S. international trade agreement

 

 

WHAT:"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Opportunities for Alabama"

 

 

WHO: Panels consisting of former Congressman Jo Bonner, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations & Economic Development, University of Alabama System; Tony Silberfeld, Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Bertelsmann Foundation; Dr. Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises; Thomas Lambert, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Belgian Embassy to the United States; Marjorie Chorlins, Vice President for European Affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Thomas Zielke, President and CEO at the Representative of German Industry and Trade; Scott Green, CEO of Creative Concepts; Tess Winningham, CEO of Alignment Simple Solutions; and Jeff Rivers, Vice President for International Sales at Phifer Inc.

 

WHEN: 8:15 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 

Where: Birmingham Business Alliance, 505 20th St. N., Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35203

 

 

In June 2013, the European Union and the United States announced their intention to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an ambitious free-trade deal that, if concluded, could dramatically affect the European and American economies and make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and US. Vast in scope, the TTIP aims for regulatory harmonization and compatibility across a range of sectors as well as the elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trans-Atlantic trade. Click here for more information about TTIP.

 

 Registration is required and can be found by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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