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These Alabama-made models led the pack in 2015 auto sales
on January 28, 2016 at 12:08 PM

U.S. sales of Honda's Pilot SUV jumped 25 percent in 2015, the biggest increase among all models built in Alabama.

Produced at the Japanese automaker's Talladega County operation, the SUV went through a major redesign last spring, revealing a sleeker version than its boxy predecessor.

Honda sold 136,212 Pilots in 2015, compared to 108,857 in 2014, according to the company's year-end sales report.


State of the region address
By Cody Long
Jan. 28, 2016

Vernon, AL (WTVA) -- Mayors, commissioners, and leaders from three Northwest Alabama counties met this morning for the 5th annual State of the Region discussion.

It turns out in the last five years, this region has seen some improvements.

David Thornell is CEO of C-3, an economic development alliance and he says right now, the northwest region of Alabama is in a good spot.


Which Alabama tourism attraction brought in the most visitors in 2015?
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer Birmingham Business Journal
Jan 29, 2016

Huntsville, with its rich history in the field of space flight, has long been a popular tourist destination in Alabama, and recently topped the list of the most-visited in-state tourist attractions for 2015.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it number one among state attractions that charge admission, followed by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at second with 580,222, according to a report from the Alabama Tourism Department.

The Birmingham Zoo came in at third with 576,974 visitors in 2015.


5 questions with SynVivo president and CEO C. Richard Piazza

SynVivo president and CEO C. Richard Piazza believes he is holding a game-changing piece of medical technology.

This product, developed by CFD Research Corporation (CFDRC), is aiming to recreate what happens when you administer a drug to a patient. CFDRC recently completed its spin-out of SynVivo as its own company in 2015. Piazza was named the company's president and CEO to help accelerate its vertical growth.

1) Talk about your background and why you joined SynVivo.


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