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:


'A great day for Alex City' as Korens picks area for new plant

By Mitch Sneed

 May 27, 2015

The Lake Martin Economic Area Economic Development Alliance and the city of Alexander City officially announced that Korens, a Korean-based auto parts manufacturer, will locate a plant here in what was the old Russell Corporation Yarn-Dye Building.


The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon at city hall, in front of the media and dignitaries from across the city, county and state.


"This is a great day for Alex City," Mayor Charles Shaw said. "We are excited to have a company with these kind of people coming here. They are good people. It has been a long process - sort of like putting a puzzle together in the dark. Sometimes putting all the pieces together can be tough, but with a lot of hard work, we were able to get it done. We are thankful that they are coming."




[Alex City Outlook]



Alabama's new 2-year college board holds first meeting
on May 27, 2015

Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday swore in members of Alabama's newly created two-year college system board that will govern the state's 25 community colleges and technical schools.


After the first meeting, Bentley said the board will improve the system by bringing regional representation to the schools. Members were appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alabama Senate.


"This may go down in history as one of the greatest things we've done for this state in a long time, so what we've done today is important," Bentley said.







Congressman Bradley Byrne toured Robertsdale pallet manufacturing plant
By Cassandra McAboy, FOX10 Digital Reporter
May 27, 2015
ROBERTSDALE, AL (WALA) -The squeals of saws and pops of electric nail guns grew quiet as Congressman Bradley Byrne met with Bay Wood Products, Inc. employees and addressed their concerns about everything from forestry issues to a longer snapper season to what he was doing in Washington to help veterans see doctors more quickly when they were sick.

"I really appreciate the opportunity to be here," Byrne said. "I can do my job better in Washington every day if I have a better understanding of what you are doing here."


Byrne spent more than an hour touring Bay Wood Products, Inc., with its founder and president, Jimmy Wilson. They walked across much of the 20-acre site off I-10 in Baldwin County, discussing Baywood's place in the $11.5 billion wooden pallet and container industry.








Gulf Shores, Foley ranked among Alabama's top 20 'Best Towns' by research site

on May 27, 2015 

The research and rankings website has named Gulf Shores and Foley among the top 20 "Best Towns in Alabama." 


The site's data-driven rankings compared U.S. communities on national and state levels based on numerous graded factors such as things to do, community involvement, housing, jobs, education, crime and safety, and outdoor activities, among others. The results are part of the site's 2015 Best Places to Live rankings.


Palo Alto, California took top national honors in the "towns" category that does not include suburbs and cities with more than 100,000 residents. No Alabama municipality made the overall national rankings, although Hoover and Auburn were ranked nationally in categories such as Towns with the Best Public Schools in America. At the state level, Auburn and Hoover topped the Best Towns list while Gulf Shores and Foley were ranked 4th and 17th, respectively.











Alabama NewsCenter shares the good stories of our state


May 27 -- Alabama NewsCenter launched today with a mission of sharing the positive stories of our state.


The site, developed by Alabama Power, features Alabama business stories, up-to-date weather information and articles about Alabama tourism, history and culture. The site will also profile Alabamians doing extraordinary things. 


"Alabama NewsCenter will provide Alabama Power customers and the media with topical information about the state's economic development efforts, business news, and stories about the people, places and events that make Alabama a great place to live, work and play," said Mike Tomberlin, a veteran journalist who serves as Alabama NewsCenter editor.


Members of the media, bloggers, nonprofit organizations and community groups can use and share original Alabama NewsCenter stories, photos, videos and audio clips at no cost.  

Here are some of the stories you'll find today on Alabama NewsCenter:

  • An exclusive interview and video with Gov. Robert Bentley
  • A multimedia package examining the economic impact of Barber Motorsports Park
  • How a stranger saved a little girl from a deadly fire on Easter Sunday

"Alabama NewsCenter is a new resource that supports a mission Alabama Power began more than a century ago: to advance Alabama and promote growth and economic development by helping share the good stories of our wonderful state," said John Hudson, Alabama Power's vice president of Public Relations and Charitable Giving.


Click here to visit Alabama NewsCenter.







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