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:

$4M building, site work may lure jobs to Montgomery Industrial Park
Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
November 3, 2015
Site work is underway for a new, $4.2 million building at Montgomery Industrial Park to lure new businesses. But what's going on behind the scenes may be even more important to the park's future as a job magnet for central Alabama.
The park has been certified as AT&T Fiber Ready, meaning any companies that locate there are assured high-speed data services. At the same time, it landed an AdvantageSite designation, certifying that the site has been prepped for industry development.
It's the first industrial park in the state to land both designations, city and county leaders announced Tuesday.


Fort Rucker part of $48 million solar power project
Lance Griffin 
News reporter

Nov 3, 2015


Plans have been approved for construction of a 10-megawatt solar power project at Fort Rucker, one of two major solar projects approved for the state Tuesday by the Alabama Public Service Commission.

The facility is known as a Photovoltaic Solar Array System. The project supports the Department of Defense Energy Performance Goal and Master Plan, which calls for 25 percent of energy used at Army facilities to come from renewable sources by 2025.

According to documents prepared for the project by the U.S. Army Environmental Command, the Army is expected to consume a minimum of 51 percent of the power through an existing area contract with Alabama Power, which will own and operate the facility.


What Alabama accomplished on Trade Winds Africa trip
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer Birmingham Business Journal
Nov 3, 2015

Economic development leaders from Alabama recently returned from an extended trip to Africa as part of a forum that highlighted different business opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa.

The trip was organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, with six businesses from Alabama joining in to meet with economic leaders.

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield told the BBJ that he viewed the trade mission as a success because it opened the doors of opportunity with several fast-growing economies while also allowing state leaders to raise Alabama's profile in the region.


Mercedes freshens GL, renames it GLS
Automotive News
November 3, 2015 

Mercedes-Benz's GL-class full-size SUV will be freshened and renamed as the GLS in time for its first deliveries in March, the luxury automaker said today.

The 2017 GLS features a redesigned seven-seat interior and a facelift of the front end in line with other recently restyled Mercedes vehicles.

"Like the GL before it, the new GLS is setting standards in the world of the SUV as it confirms its position as the 'S-Class among SUVs,'" a Mercedes-Benz news release reads.


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