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In this issue:


Curse expanding downtown Huntsville workforce, plans to hire 50 workers

on April 30, 2015 

Curse's workforce in downtown Huntsville keeps getting bigger.


The global multimedia and technology company, which creates content and products for gamers, already employs 80 workers from north Alabama, the U.S., England, Lithuania, Australia and more.


Donovan Duncan, vice president of marketing for Curse, said they plan to hire an additional 50 employees this year in the Rocket City. Most of the new staff will work on Curse's growing development team, he said.


"This area is really a great place for us to pull from because there's so many smart people in the Tennessee Valley," he said.









Birmingham is No. 1 on Zagat's list of America's Next Hot Food Cities

on April 29, 2015 

The national restaurant guide has ranked Birmingham No. 1 on its new list of America's Next Hot Food Cities.


"Overshadowed for years by its neighbors Nashville and Atlanta, Birmingham has now come into its own as a premier culinary destination," Zagat editors said of the Birmingham restaurant scene.


The other cities in the Top 10 are: 2. Oakland/Berkeley, Calif.; 3. Detroit, Mich.; 4. Asheville, N.C.; 5. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; 6. Nashville, Tenn.; 7 Louisville, Ky.; 8. Durham, N.C.' 9. Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz.; and 10. San Antonio, Texas.


Zagat compiled the list by surveying "a mix of industry influencers, Zagat readers and foodies across the country who were new to Zagat," according to the website.






599,000 fliers, 11.3 million pounds of cargo mark quarterly bump for Birmingham  

April 30, 2015

Total passenger traffic at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport rose 4.5 percent for the first three months of 2015 compared with last year, airport figures show.


The numbers are a positive start to the year for the airport, which experienced a 2.3 percent decline in passenger traffic for all of 2014.


In the same three-month period in 2014, there was a 9.1 percent drop in traffic in the first three months compared with 2013.


Airport officials attribute the 2015 traveler and cargo boosts to the local economy.






Mobile Area Small Business Week offers array of workshops, resources May 4-7

on April 29, 2015

Entrepreneurship will take center stage May 4-7 when the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a jam-packed Small Business Week slate of events.


Scheduled conference activities include an expo-style resource fair and three workshops, each designed to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with valuable tools and strategies to help them take their businesses to the next level.


The week's events conclude Thursday, May 7 with a luncheon at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, featuring keynote speaker Dean Parker.







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