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:

STERIS unveils new Birmingham headquarters, creating 100 new jobs
By Michael Tomberlin

Ohio-based STERIS Corp. revealed its new $8 million global headquarters for its Specialty Services division in Birmingham's Sloss Business District at a ceremony today.

The new division will be based in the former U.S. Pipe headquarters at 3316 Second Ave. North, which anchors a 15-acre campus owned by Birmingham's Integrated Medical Systems, which STERIS acquired in 2014 for $165 million.

The new 75,000-square-foot headquarters will be home to 100 employees being moved from leased office space in Homewood and the bulk of 100 new jobs being created with the new global headquarters and consolidation of some other functions from other STERIS companies in other cities.


Governor announces $1.7 million grant to create new jobs in Macon County
 Staff Reports
December 17, 2015 

Macon County will receive a $1.7 million grant to create jobs and improve public services for Shorter residents, Gov. Robert Bentley announced this week.

Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to extend water and sewer service in the county. The expanded service is necessary for LogisAll USA to locate in the county and create 40 jobs.

LogisAll supplies freight and warehousing services for automobile manufacturers in Alabama and Georgia.


Gov. Bentley outlines factors in Alabama business growth
 Dec 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was in the Birmingham area discussing components of the state's job creation efforts, which he said will be a continued priority for the next three years.
Bentley spoke at a Homewood Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday and noted the state's pre-kindergarten program, workforce training and infrastructure improvements as key elements in successful industrial recruitment.

The governor said he would support a gas tax increase to fund infrastructure upgrades throughout the state and the issue could come up during the next legislative session.


Ray Watts elected BBA chairman for 2016
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer Birmingham Business Journal
Dec 16, 2015

Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been elected chairman of the board of the Birmingham Business Alliance for 2016.

Watts will succeed Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Co.
Elected members of the BBA's 2016 Executive Committee and board of directors will each serve a one-year term.


New interchange slated to open in January
 Dec 17, 2015

GOOD HOPE - The new $10 million Interstate 65/County Road 222 interchange is slated to open next month, creating an array of economic development opportunities from new industry to restaurants and shops.

The project is winding down after more than a year of construction, and local officials are currently working with the Alabama Department of Transportation to coordinate a date to open it for traffic, said Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett.

"Workers were out there getting ready to pour the foundation for the sign," he said at this week's city council meeting.


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