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:

Commerce launches Workforce Development Division to streamline services
October 1, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Beginning today, many of Alabama's key workforce development programs are being consolidated in a new division within the Alabama Department of Commerce that aims to improve workforce readiness and spur business expansion across the state.

The formation of Commerce's new Workforce Development Division creates a better aligned option for businesses needing job-training and other workforce services across the state. Previously, the system was fragmented, with services spread across a number of agencies.


Andrew Yang: Venture for America aims to show world what's possible in Birmingham 
September 29, 2015

Birmingham has all the ingredients necessary to become a hotbed for innovation and entrepreneurship, according to Andrew Yang.

The founder and CEO of Venture for America made his first visit to the Magic City since the organization named Birmingham one of its designated cities for its distinguished fellowship programs in July.


Five early-stage companies are finalists to have a chance to win a share of up to $250,000 in Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition
October 2, 2015

Five early-stage companies were selected by a five-judge panel Friday to advance to the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition finale in December. Ten teams pitched before the judges Friday at Evonik Industries in Birmingham. 

The five companies earned a chance to win a share of up to $250,000 in funding and will advance to the Competition Finale that will be held on Dec.10 at the Design Lab-Huntsville at Historic Lincoln Mills, 1300 Meridian Street North, 2nd Floor. The event begins at 4 p.m.


Honda's Alabama auto plant seeks to recruit a new generation of manufacturing workers
October 5, 2015

The Honda auto assembly plant in Talladega County played host to about 160 high school students last week, part of an ongoing effort to recruit a new generation of manufacturing workers.

Many manufacturers are having difficulty attracting young people to "making things," because they don't understand what modern manufacturing is all about, said Ted Pratt, spokesman for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.


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