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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Equifax partners with Auburn on IT talent center
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer Birmingham Business Journal
Dec. 3, 2015

Equifax (NYSE: EFX), a global consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions firm, on Thursday announced the opening of a new information technology (IT) talent center with Auburn University.

The new IT talent center will work to help address the company's growing global information technology needs, the company said in a release.

Equifax currently offers services in 19 countries on four continents, but the company has a growing need for top-tier IT professionals. The opening of the Auburn center - and a sister facility planned for western Europe - will help provide the talent needed as well as give Auburn IT students and graduates job opportunities.


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Carpenter adding $23 million titanium furnace equipment to second plant
 By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer | 
December 3, 2015

TANNER - Carpenter Technologies is spending an additional $23 million to add titanium furnace equipment to its new superalloy powder facility.

The purchase will raise Carpenter's investment in its second Tanner plant to $61 million, said Tom Hill, Limestone County Economic Development Association president.

The Pennsylvania steel company is close to completing its second Limestone County plant, in 100,000 square feet of what used to be Plant 23 of the former Delphi plant.


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Office of Broadband Development forms advisory board, task forces
Alan Alexander Reporter Birmingham Business Journal
Dec 2, 2015

A nineteen-member advisory board and four task forces have been created as part of the state's newly-formed Office of Broadband Development.

As we've previously reported, Gov. Robert Bentley signed an executive order in July creating the Office of Broadband Development to help local Internet service providers identify ways of expanding a broadband network, also called fiber Internet, statewide.
Fiber Internet is a big draw for businesses due to its connectivity speeds a hundred times faster than existing services. It's quickly becoming one of the top focal points of economic development officials.


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Let your voice be heard on future of Cummings Research Park
on December 03, 2015 

The Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County is trying to make it easier for residents to share their vision for Cummings Research Park.

Park Director Erin Koshut said companies, employees and visitors can use the hashtag #CRPMasterPlan on social media to offer their suggestions for Perkins+Will (P+W), which is spearheading the new master plan for CRP
She said the firm will consider ideas with the hashtag throughout the planning process.

Promos will begin rolling out today to promote the hashtag, Koshut added.


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