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:

 


Alabama Launchpad gets $650K grant to support startup entrepreneurs across the state
By Lucy Berry
on Jun 26, 2015 

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation will receive a $650,000 grant to fund Alabama Launchpad, a program that supports budding entrepreneurs across the state.

The grant, administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, is from the 34-year-old Alabama Research Alliance Trust Fund, which endorses projects that encourage innovation and technology. Gov. Robert Bentley presented the award. 

 

more...[al.com]

 


What will the new Google data center in Alabama do? Take a guided tour 

By Lucy Berry

on Jun 25, 2015

 

Any time you do a Google search, navigate Google Maps or Earth, use Gmail or watch a video on YouTube, you're supporting a data center like the one to be built next year in Jackson County.

 

As Internet connectivity expands throughout the world, the tech giant set out to open its 14th data center to keep up with growing demand. Google representative A.J. Jongewaard said the Stevenson/Bridgeport site had "the right combination of energy infrastructure and developable land" to meet Google's needs.

 

"They know that the climate is right, they know the workforce is right and they know there are opportunities there," he said. "In Jackson County, everything came together perfectly."

 

more...[al.com]


 


SYKES to bring 500 jobs to Montgomery. Here's how to apply
By Erin Edgemon
on Jun 25, 2015

 

SYKES Enterprises is set to open a new customer service support center in east Montgomery by September and hire 500 workers over three years, officials announced today.

 

Half of those employers will be hired this year, SYKES North America operations Senior Vice President Rob Duncan said, during a press conference held at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

SYKES specializes in providing customer service and technical support for customers of Fortune 500 companies.

 
more...[al.com]

 

 


Italian automotive supplier celebrates grand opening of Auburn operation 

By Katherine Haas

on Jun 25, 2015

 

American and Italian flags were hoisted above an existing building in Auburn's Technology Park West on Thursday, signifying the welcoming of a new company not only to the park, but to the state and the country.

 

Italian casting company 2a S.p.A. celebrated the grand opening of its Auburn operation, 2a USA Inc. Thursday following the business's recent acquisition of Aluminum Technology Schmid North America, an aluminum casting and machining operation with a location in Auburn's Technology Park West.

 

The acquisition and investment by 2a S.p.A. makes the operation now part of a larger casting company in Turin , Italy . As Aluminum Technology Schmid North America, based in Germany , had planned to close its American offices, the acquisition retains 95 jobs for the Auburn area. 

 

more...[oanow.com]

 


Alabama used old and new incentives to close Google project

By Bryan Davis

on Jun 26, 2015

 

Greg Canfield had a tall order to fill over the past 10 months.

 

The secretary for Alabama's Department of Commerce not only had to lobby the state legislature for a complete overhaul of the state's economic incentives offered to companies locating or expanding in Alabama, but behind the scenes, he was helping to court one of the world's most powerful corporations to the state.

 

In the end, he and the commerce department were able to accomplish both.

 

more...[bizjournals.com]

 


How Southern Light plans to speed up connections for Bham businesses

By Alan Alexander

on Jun 26, 2015

 

Mobile-based Southern Light is partnering with the City of Birmingham on a franchise agreement to bring 470 miles of high-speed fiber optic cables to the metro area.

 

But Southern Light CEO Andy Newton said the 470 mile-network is just a starting point.

 

"Birmingham is hungry for a new connection bandwidth provider. Every city right now is looking for a fiber optic infrastructure, and our core network will give us the ability to easily connect the metro and allow us to consider the possibility to expand to other businesses," he said.

 

more...[bizjournals.com]

 


Like Mercedes, Google could be gateway to growing new jobs sector in Alabama

By Bryan Davis

on Jun 26, 2015

 

When Mercedes Benz made the decision to build its U.S. manufacturing facility in Tuscaloosa County during the 1990s, no one could have predicted the impact that project would have on the state's automotive sector.

 

In fact, until Mercedes arrived, the state had no automotive sector to speak of.

 

more...[bizjournals.com]

 



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