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Regions Financial CEO Grayson Hall to chair SEUS Japan joint forum

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Grayson Hall, who leads Alabama's only Fortune 500 company, has been named the 2015-16 private sector chairman for the Southeast U.S.-Japan Association as the group prepares for a joint meeting in Alabama with its Japanese counterpart.


Hall, who serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Regions Financial Corp., will lead the SEUS Japan delegation at a forum with the Japan-Southeast U.S. Association, to be held Nov. 14-16 in Birmingham. Hall will preside over the conference with co-chair Atsutoshi Nishida, board chairman of Toshiba Corp.


The 38th annual joint meeting will draw hundreds of business leaders, economic developers and political officials to theSheraton Birmingham Hotel. The conference, which alternates between Japanese and Southeastern cities, was held last year in Tokyo. It has not been held in Alabama since 1998, when the groups that promote trade, investment and cultural exchange gathered in Mobile.







Huntsville, Mobile among top 20 Southern cities for jobs right now

on April 03, 2015 

Two Alabama metros are among the top cities in the South for job creation and hiring in 2015, according to a new study by ZipRecruiter.


The hiring and job market data company released a report this week of the top 20 Southern cities with the greatest 2015 hiring demand and growth potential.


 Cities were ranked using ZipRecruiter's Hiring Demand Index, which is based on relative monthly job growth percentage measured across the U.S.









Parks and tech: Amid early-stage expansion talk, University of South Alabama Technology and Research Park hires commercial real estate veteran

on April 03, 2015

The University of South Alabama's Technology and Research Park has named its first full-time manager in its 13-year history, and if his background is any indication, expansion plans are imminent.


Harry Brislin, a USA alumnus and longtime commercial real estate developer and project manager, took the reins in February of the 160-acre park just north of the main campus that currently houses three professional office buildings totaling more than 225,000 square feet.


With the mid-range 73,000-square-foot Building 1 fully leased and only a combined 12,000 square feet available in Buildings 2 and 3, however, the park's occupation rate hovers currently around 95 percent.







Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to speak in Birmingham
on April 03, 2015 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Cologne, Germany.The Associated Press, 2009 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will speak in Birmingham later this month. 

BBVA Compass is presenting economic forums in five cities, including Birmingham on April 16 at the Vestavia Country Club.


The event is invitation only and is being presented for clients of BBVA Compass. Wozniak is headlining the series, where he will speak on the digital economy.

BBVA U.S. Chief Economist Nathaniel Karp will also give a presentation. Wozniak designed Apple's first line of products and co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs.


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