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In this issue:


Alabama wins 2015 Silver Shovel award for economic development

on June 03, 2015 


For the 10th consecutive year Alabama has earned a Shovel Award from Area Development magazine, with 2014 economic development projects attracting a Silver Shovel nod.


Kentucky and Louisiana also earned Silver Shovel recognition among states with three million to five million residents, while Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Nevada took home gold.


Specifically, the economic development publication touted the landing of Remington Outdoor Co.'s $110 million facility in Huntsville - and beating out more than two dozen other states in the process - as a continuation of Alabama's steady gains in the manufacturing sector, anchored to date by both automotive and aerospace interests.






Chicken a la Cubana
June 2015


Americans love chicken - no surprise here - especially white meat, consuming an average of more than 80 pounds per person per year. Many of those tasty birds we devour are from Alabama, the second largest broiler producer in the United States, just behind Georgia. 


Ever wonder what happens to our unwanted dark meat? It ends up in Cuba and other countries, where dark meat's richer flavor is preferred. 


Though the Cuban embargo remains in place, President Barack Obama's recent reforms make it easier to sell U.S. agricultural products to Cuba. About 10 percent - or $32 million - of Alabama's total poultry exports of $312 million were shipped to Cuba in 2014, according to Alabama International Trade Center Director Brian Davis. 




Hoover schools start offering Mandarin Chinese as foreign language option

on June 03, 2015 

The Hoover school system this coming school year is adding Mandarin Chinese to its foreign language offerings, making Hoover and Spain Park high schools the first public schools in the Birmingham area to offer the language in-house, officials said.


Hoover just hired a Chinese language instructor who has been working at the Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery the past five years.


His name is Steven Frost, a North Carolina native who has lived and worked in China but has made Hoover's Bluff Park community his home since 2007. He has been commuting to Montgomery, and "I just got to a point where I couldn't do it anymore," Frost said. "You can imagine the commute."














Southeastern Cyber Security Summit Kicks Off

By Travis Leder

June 3, 2015

Speakers from top Huntsville businesses, along with an alphabet soup of federal agencies took center stage at the 7th annual Southeastern Cyber Security Summit.


Wednesday's speakers featured leaders from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, TVA, NSA and the United States Army, and more than 700 people registered for this year's event. Those numbers are approximately on par with last year's event, previously named the North Alabama Cyber Security Summit.


Organizers were anticipating 900 attendees, but despite the smaller attendance, they are happy to see a who's who of experts attend this year's event.








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