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.


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Remington gun plant hiring underway as company adds new Huntsville jobs

on June 01, 2015 

Remington Outdoor continues to add positions at its new firearms plant at Jetplex Industrial Park in Huntsville.


The North Carolina manufacturer has posted several Huntsville jobs on its website, including senior SAP programmer analyst, executive administrative assistant, director of operations in finance, HR administrator/safety trainer and more. The current openings are listed here.


Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) is also seeking maintenance technicians and machine operators at Remington in Huntsville. Resumes must be submitted online by June 30 to be considered.







Brighter ideas: Free courses spawn tech startups
Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
May 31, 2015

Evan Brand and Mark Clayton's tech startup is based in Montgomery, but they don't think of it as a local company.


They're thinking bigger.


"We try to compare ourselves to Silicon Valley," said the 21-year-old Clayton. "Most of the people who are friends or that we're trying to network with are there. There's not a lot of that in Montgomery, so we're trying to bring that mindset here."


That approach is gaining traction, in part because of a new training program. Since it started last fall, it has spawned about a dozen tech startups in the Montgomery area - including Clayton's. Most already have clients and revenue.



Study shows increased industry investment in county

By Blake Deshazo

 May 30, 2015

Industries continue to expand and invest money into their operations in Dallas County.

According to the 2014 New and Expanding Industry Announcements Report, Dallas County ranked 13th out of 67 counties in capital investment and 27th out of 67 in new jobs growth.


"The last three years we have been in the top 50 percent in the state in either capital investment or new jobs growth, so it is not a shock to me," said Wayne Vardaman,

 executive director of the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority. "It is certainly something we're proud of, and I certainly think our people in the community need to know that the community is doing well."


Thirteen companies invested a total of $76,310,197 in their Dallas County facilities and were responsible for adding 225 new jobs to the workforce. Ten of those jobs came from new companies, but 215 came from already existing industries.




Alabama Career Center satellite office set to open in Ozark
by Ebony Davis
Business Reporter

May 29, 2015


Alabama's career centers are expected to have one more location by next Thursday.


Officials confirmed a career center satellite office will open in the Ozark Dale Technology Center on U.S. 231 from 1-4 p.m. each Thursday, beginning next week. Alabama Department of Labor communications director Tara Hutchison said the satellite office is a partnership with the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation (ODEC) that will allow the career center to provide multiple programs to local residents, including resume assistance, interviewing skills, job searches and educational assistance.


Hutchison said the office will serve as a pilot program to determine the demand for a career center in the area. She said a full-time career center for Dale County closed in Ozark in 2005.



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