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In this issue:


Wayne Farms announces major Dothan expansion, adding 500 jobs

by Lance Griffin

May 6, 2015


Poultry producer Wayne Farms announced Wednesday morning it is expanding its Dothan operation, adding 42,000 square feet to its existing structure and creating at least 500 jobs.


According to a release from the company's headquarters in Oakwood, Georgia, the project should be complete by the middle of next year.


"Wayne Farms is excited for the opportunity to expand our business and bring jobs to the local area. With the rising demand for chicken we have an opportunity to increase our output," Wayne Farms CEO Clint Owen said in a prepared statement.





[Dothan Eagle]



Baldwin County Economic Development Foundation lands $10,750 grant
on May 06, 2015 

The Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation's efforts to track economic development and job creation initiatives across the county have received a $10,750 boost from the Community Foundation of South Alabama.


The foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, will use the Economic Opportunity Priority Area grant funds to implement a cloud-based software tracking system.


"This software, its implementation and multi-user cloud-based interface will greatly enhance our efforts across all of Baldwin County," Lee Lawson, president and chief executive officer of the Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation, said.





County approves utilities in Airport Industrial Park to service BoltaWater and sewer extension set to be finished by Oct. 1
By Angel Coker
Staff Writer
 May 6, 2015 

Construction of a water and sewer extension project in the Airport Industrial Park will begin in the next few weeks to service the new German automotive parts manufacturer Bolta and adjacent properties.


The Tuscaloosa County Commission on Wednesday awarded a $1.7 million infrastructure contract to Rev Construction Inc.


The money for the project, expected to be completed by Oct. 1, comes from a $1.15 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, and the city will fund the remaining $560,000 of the $1.7 million, said County Planning Director Farrington Snipes.



Racing needs NASCAR-IndyCar peace
Ryan McGee, ESPN The Magazine, NASCAR
May 6, 2015

As the month of May dawned, I found hope along Interstate 20 in central Alabama.


A convoy of RVs rumbled down the highway, headed to the Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Many of them rolled past another racetrack, the sparkling Barber Motorsports Park, still in cleanup mode, having just hosted the Grand Prix of Alabama, the fourth race of the IndyCar season and the last before the series headed home to Indianapolis to begin the countdown to the Indianapolis 500.


The races were held seven days apart. The tracks are only 35 miles apart. Both racetracks had nice crowds. Both hosted competitive races. Both sets of executives came away from their events pleased with the outcome, competitively and financially. Talladega let Barber borrow some of their trams to move fans around during the IndyCar race weekend. Barber let Talladega advertise over the public address system to sell tickets for the next weekend's race.




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