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Special event connects Alabama and China business leaders
Jan. 27, 2015
Michael Tomberlin

Alabama and China are already successful business partners, accounting for $3.5 billion in trade annually between the state and the country. But officials believe there is room for additional trade and hopefully increased capital investment as more Chinese companies look to build factories in the U.S.

 

That was the backdrop to the recent Alabama-China Business Roundtable, part of the Birmingham International Center's year-long celebration of the Asian country. The center picks a different country each year to highlight with special events.

 

The Alabama-China Business Roundtable coincided with Cui Tiankai's visit to Birmingham last week. Cui is China's ambassador to the U.S. A large delegation of Chinese business leaders also attended the roundtable.

 

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Get a 2015 global update Friday at annual NAITA meeting at Westin in Huntsville

on January 26, 2015

The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) will host its annual meeting on the state of the global economy Friday at The Westin at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville.

 

Tom Cunningham, vice president, senior economist and regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will provide the keynote address, which includes a 2015 global forecast and discussion on how exports can have a positive impact on the U.S economy.

 

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m.--1 p.m. Friday. Sponsored by Port of Huntsville and Regions Bank, the gathering will also include an update on NAITA's 2015 events and recognize the organization's board of directors.

 

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Main Street Alabama kicks off full-market study to boost business in downtown Decatur

on January 27, 2015 

Main Street Alabama kicked off an intensive study of Decatur this month as it works to help the city become a "Designated Main Street" community.

 

The organization, which tapped Decatur, Oxford and Monroeville last summer for its community and economic development program, hosted an organizational meeting with the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority and Downtown Professionals Network in Franklin, Tenn.

 

Jay Schlinsog, president of DPN, is working to finish a full-market analysis that will offer ideas for boosting business opportunities in the city center.

 

"The downtown community has strong leadership through the DDRA and the final report will include implementable strategies for strengthening the districts' offerings that will be based on the primary market research we will be conducting," he said in a statement.

 

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Glasstream Powerboats hiring for its production facility in Dothan

on January 27, 2015

Glasstream Powerboats is hiring at its new production facility in Dothan. The company is conducting a pre-employment training program for several positions in its manufacturing facility. 

 

Hiring for the Wiregrass area facility is being coordinated through the Alabama Industrial Development Training program.  

 

Requirements for all positions with Glasstream Powerboats include 2 to 3 years experience. All applicants must be 18 years old or older, and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

 

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Four Alabama hotels among top Marriott, Renaissance golf resorts in North America for 2014

on January 26, 2015

Four hotels on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail are among the top five Marriott or Renaissance golf resorts in North America when it comes to satisfaction with the golf amenities, a recent survey conducted for Marriott shows.

 

The Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover, once home to the PGA Champions Tour's Regions Charity Classic, ranked No. 1 in golf satisfaction among the 52 Marriott or Renaissance properties in North America that offer golf on-site, officials for the hotel chain said.

 

The Auburn/Opelika Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National finished second in the rankings, while the Marriott in Prattville at Capitol Hill ranked fourth and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear ranked fifth.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Mobile Chamber to host annual meeting Tuesday, give update on economic development 

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting Tuesday at the Mobile Civic Center to give a general update to members on the past year's progress. 

Michael Chambers, outgoing 2014 chairman for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
 
 

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. and an opportunity to network with several business leaders. In addition to the review of last year's chamber accomplishments, outgoing board chairman Michael Chambers will round out his time in the position.

 

Frank Lott, owner of Heritage Homes, is expected to step into the role of chair for 2015. Bill Sisson, Mobile Chamber president will also offer an overview of the organization's  goals in economic development.


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[al.com

 

 


Birmingham's BL Harbert opens Houston office, now has presence in eight cities

on January 26, 2015 

Birmingham-based construction firm BL Harbert opened an office in Houston, its eighth city, the company announced Monday.

 

BL Harbert now has locations in Birmingham, Huntsville, Atlanta, Dubai, Charlotte, Greenville, Nashville and Houston.

 

"Houston was a logical choice," Senior Vice President Johnny Garlington said in a statement. "Since 2009, Texas' economic growth has almost doubled the national average.  With so many clients in our industrial market sector operating in the Houston area, establishing an office in that location was central to the strategic growth of our company."

 
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