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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Auto supplier plans $5M expansion in St. Clair County

Bryan Davis Reporter Birmingham Business Journal
July 17, 2015

WKW-Erbsloeh North America plans a $5 million expansion to its facility in St. Clair County.


The Pell City project will add three new jobs to the facility while accelerating the company's production, supporting sales growth and opening up opportunities for future growth.


WK manufactures aluminum trim parts for the automotive industry. The company has been in Pell City since 2006, and currently employs over 600. 


"We are always excited to see our existing companies continue to invest and expand here in St. Clair County," said St. Clair Economic Development Council Chairman Joe Kelly. "We congratulate WKW on their continued investment in Pell City and St. Clair County."




Governor creates broadband office to spread high-speed Internet in Alabama

on July 17, 2015

Gov. Robert Bentley has created a new Office of Broadband Development to push the spread of high-speed Internet across the state. The governor created the office by executive order Thursday.


"Broadband development is critical in Alabama's continued economic growth," Bentley said in a statement, "and I am confident that this newly created office will help us in reaching statewide goals in the areas of public safety, healthcare, education, e-Government, agriculture, tourism, economic development and more."


The Federal Communications Commission defines "broadband" as high-speed Internet access "that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access." It includes Digital Subscriber Lines (DSLs), cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite and broadband over powerlines (BPL).






Birmingham chosen as host city for Venture for America

Alan Alexander Reporter Birmingham Business Journal
July 17, 2015

Birmingham's tech and entrepreneurial scene has landed a big win: Venture for America is launching in the Magic City this fall.


The program, similar to Teach for America, will bring recent college graduates to Birmingham to work for two years with some of the city's most promising young companies.


Local tech executives say Venture for America choosing Birmingham as one of its next host cities is a big step in the right direction as the tech industry works tobrand itself as an attractive place for startups and millennials. 

[Birmingham Business Journal]


Tuscaloosa County to open career tech school in August

By Jamon Smith

Staff Writer
July 16, 2015 

The Tuscaloosa County School System is officially opening its own career technical school.


Superintendent Elizabeth Swinford announced at a school board meeting Thursday that the old Brookwood High School will be used as the new tech school, which doesn't yet have a name.


"There's a possibility of us being models in the state of Alabama - us, Tuscaloosa City Schools and Pickens County - for workforce development as well as for the apprenticeship programs that are about to set forth. Career technical education is a growing area that's very much needed for our students and we just love the fact that Tuscaloosa County is going forward with trying to be No. 1 in the state.



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