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:


C130 work underway

By Michele Gerlach
on July 30, 2015

Almost half-way through its stay in Andalusia, the NASA-owned C130 currently housed at South Alabama Regional Airport has, in some ways, been a tourist attraction.


The Kearns Group of Daleville and Pinnacle Solutions of Huntsville are performing electrical and structural aircraft modifications on the aircraft, which landed here in June.


Billy Mitchell of The Kearns Group explained that a group of eight people from Arizona has been here installing an emergency phone and communications system on the aircraft, even as each of the aircraft's four engines are being inspected, and routine maintenance is being performed.







Sitel to add 200 jobs at its Hamilton location

By Ryan Phillips

July 30, 2015 


Sitel on Thursday announced the addition of 200 new full-time jobs at its Hamilton customer experience center.


The new positions are part of the company's client business expansions in the insurance industry, according to a release from Sitel. The company will be hiring for both coaches and inbound customer care agents.


The company on Thursday, July 30, will host an on-site job fair at its Hamilton site, located at 500 Industrial Drive and Thursday, August 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.




[Birmingham Business Journal]




Renewable energy options will boost Alabama competitiveness

on July 27, 2015 

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says initiatives to expand the availability of renewable energy in the state will enhance Alabama's ability to compete for some economic development projects.


This year, TVA entered into a 20-year agreement to purchase 80 megawatts of solar power from NextEra's solar facility near Florence, and just last month Google and TVA reached a deal to develop a data center in Alabama powered entirely by alternative energy.


This month, Alabama Power Co. announced plans to boost its renewable power options in a move that could allow the utility to offer more solar power.








Newly-merged Keel Point recognized as leading investment firm in top financial lists
on July 30, 2015 

A newly-merged firm between Huntsville's BlueCreek Investment Partners and Keel Point of Vienna, Va., was recently recognized in two top financial lists. 


Keel Point placed on the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers (RIA) list and was named one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in Financial Advisor Magazine's 2015 Annual RIA Survey and Rankings.


The Financial Times list, which honors American independent RIA firms, is produced with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of Financial Times that provides business intelligence on the investment management industry.



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