Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner.


In this issue:



CBER's economic forecast shows signs of job growth for Alabama
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer-Birmingham Business Journal
April 27, 2015

The first half of 2014 may have been slow for Alabama job growth, but that seems to be changing.

Alabama gained 28,600 jobs from March 2014 to March 2015, according to the most recent economic forecast from the University of Alabama's Center for Business and Economic Research.


Goods producing firms added 1,300 employees, while service providing firms added 27,300.





[Birmingham Business Journal]






Silicon Valley software firm to double workforce in Birmingham
Alan Alexander Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
April 27, 2015

Silicon Valley-based software providerISCS plans to double the workforce of its Birmingham office in the coming months as part of an aggressive expansion plan.


ISCS provides software-as-a-service cloud data storage for property and casualty insurance firms through its flagship SurePower Innovation platform. The company entered Birmingham last December with a team of five developers at 210 Inverness Parkway.


That team has since grown to include 20 mobile developers, software engineers and web developers, and ISCS plans to add 20 more employees by June.




[Birmingham Business Journal]






Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards | Entry Deadline is May 17

Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards celebrate and honor contributions to Alabama's innovation economy. Winners will be honored at the Fifth Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference Sept. 2 in Birmingham.



You can submit an application for your company or nominate another company in the following categories: 

  • Corporate Innovator of the Year (small 1-50 employees)
  • Corporate Innovator of the Year (large 50+ employees)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Manufacturing
  • Outstanding Public Private Partnership for Innovation
  • Lifetime Achievement in Innovation

Click here to hear from Dr. Michael Chambers, a 2014 awards recipient, on why you should apply for a 2015 Alabama Innovation Award. 



The deadline is three weeks away. Don't miss your chance to nominate your company, partners, or yourself!


 To see a gallery of last year's winners and to nominate, click here.  










HudsonAlpha recalls Huntsville's past while speeding toward incredible future

on April 26, 2015

The stubborn belief that the far-fetched and fantastic will turn ho-hum over the course of two decades.


Brainpower imported to Huntsville en masse, as a full-fledged team.

Groundbreaking discovery.


All that sound familiar?


What could have described Huntsville of the 1950s and 1960s can now describe an ever-growing slice of Huntville in this decade.





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