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:


Mobile nabs 2018 Southern Economic Development Council annual meeting

on July 28, 2015 

The convention business just keeps booming for Mobile with yet another large-scale annual conference on the books.


The Southern Economic Development Council, which includes more than 1,000 economic development professionals representing 17 states, will hold its 2018 annual conference in the Azalea City, the council's board of directors announced Monday.


"This gathering of economic development professionals from all over the southern (United States) will not only bring significant room nights to our hotels and tax dollars to the city,


 but will provide great exposure for the Mobile Bay region and give a glimpse of the hospitality, quality of life and outstanding resources that have garnered our region success in tourism and economic development," Troy Wayman, vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a prepared statement.







Alabama's craft beer market is exploding. Here's the company that started it all


ON JULY 28, 2015 


GADSDEN, Ala. - Alabama, like the rest of the nation, has seen a massive increase in the number of craft beer breweries over the last several years. Festivals, breweries, and new bars devoted to the product have seemingly sprung from nowhere to meet the increasing demand for something more than the mass-produced beers of the past.

The Yellowhammer State has begun to catch up with the rest of the nation with its demand for craft beer. Birmingham is the fastest growing craft beer market in the country by volume and percentage dollar share, both great indicators of economic growth.


At the forefront of the Alabama craft brewing revolution is Back Forty Beer, a Gadsden-based company that tapped into a neglected market almost six years ago.




[Yellowhammer News]




Mobile's Hargrove Engineers + Constructor's cracks Engineering News Record's top 100 design firms, top 20 in 5 categories

on July 28, 2015 

Engineering News Record has ranked Mobile's Hargrove Engineers + Constructors among the top five firms nationally in the pulp and paper sector and the top 10 in pharmaceuticals and chemicals.


Wes Teague, Hargrove's corporate pulp and paper leader, said the top five ranking recognizes teammates' efforts to "provide the technical, design and project support needed for our clients."


"The Hargrove team consists of a strong group of technical and professional staff including process discipline engineers experienced in the special needs of the pulp and paper industry. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look forward to expanding these relationships for the mutual and sustained success of our clients and our team," Teague said.








Austal seeks carpenters, other skilled trades during 2-day hiring event in Mobile
on July 29, 2015 

In a bid to help local carpenters transfer their skills to marine carpentry, Austal USA will host a two-day hiring event at the AIDT Maritime Training Center in Mobile.


The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30 and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, July 31 at the training center located at 360 Addsco Road in Mobile.


Austal spokesman Craig Savage confirmed the aluminum shipbuilder plans to hire "20 or so" carpenters for a one- to two-week post-hire training program designed to help transfer those skills. Starting hourly pay for the positions ranges from $17 to $19.



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