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:


What led Google to choose Alabama for new data center?
By Paul Gattis
on Jun 25, 2015 

No single reason attracted Google to north Alabama, where the company announced Wednesday it would build a $600 million data center in Jackson County.


Two state incentive packages, however, grabbed the high-tech company's attention.


"Alabama offers data center-specific incentives so that they benefit the data center industry, which was an important part of our decision to locate here," said Gary Demasi, director of global infrastructure at Google.



Birmingham biotech startup lands $750K grant for cancer research
By Alan Alexander
on Jun 24, 2015

Birmingham-based biotech startup Blondin Bioscience has been awarded a two-year, $750,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a test that gauges the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment for patients with prostate cancer.


Blondin Bioscience is working to develop its propriety assay, dubbed Fluorescent Analysis of Cell-free Telomeres, or FACT, which analyzes the cell-free DNA fragments in patient serum or other bodily fluids.



Auburn University recognized for its $5.1 billion impact on the state economy last year
By Amber Sutton
on Jun 25, 2015

Auburn University was recently recognized by one of the nation's top higher education associations for its leadership in fostering economic growth, prosperity and innovation.


The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities named Auburn an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, a designation that recognizes the university's strong commitment to economic engagement and its work with public and private sector partners in Alabama and the region.



Birmingham Builders: BL Harbert takes home big award, Brasfield & Gorrie complete large project

By Bryan Davis

on Jun 25, 2015 


Birmingham's contractors have had a busy 2015.


There have been a number of big projects, both local and afar, and many of our contractors have been recognized nationally and internationally for the work they are doing.


Here's a look at this week's builder news.




Regions Field named "Best of the Ballparks"

By Ryan Phillips

on Jun 25, 2015


Regions Field has become a major draw for downtown Birmingham, and the praise just keeps coming in for the new park.


Ballpark Digest - a publication devoted to America's baseball parks - recently unveiled the winners for its "Best of the Ballparks" competition, and the home of the Birmingham Barons took the top spot for Double-A.




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