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:


Traffic up at BHM in early months of 2016
Michael SealeReporter Birmingham Business Journal
Apr 15, 2016

Traffic has been on the rise at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airportin the first two months of the year.

In January, the airport saw an increase of approximately 10,000 passengers, as the number of passengers departing Birmingham grew by 5.3 percent, while passengers arriving in Birmingham grew 4.3 percent.
February passenger traffic grew 3.9 percent - 7,000 more passengers - over February in 2015




Barber Motorsports Park prepares for Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, tops out museum expansion
By Michael Tomberlin

Construction of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum hit a major milestone Wednesday as the Barber Motorsports Park prepares for its biggest event of the year.

BL Harbert International held a "topping out" ceremony on the 85,000-square-foot expansion, signaling the core structure of the building is complete with only the exterior ("skinning" the building) and the interior buildout left.

Plans are to complete the construction later this year.





Birmingham among happiest cities for workers
By Tim Steere
Apr 18,2016

A new report has Birmingham as the 18th happiest city for workers.

According to the Indeed Hiring Lab, a research institute aiming to advance the knowledge of human resource and talent management professionals, Birmingham's workforce enjoys a higher job satisfaction index than most other major metro areas in the country.

The report analyzed the reviews current and former employees left for employers in the major metros across the country. The Magic City also managed to edge out several significantly larger metro areas, including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Vituro Health continues expansion plans with $460K investment
By Tim Steere
April 18, 2016

Birmingham startup company Vituro Health recently closed a $460,000 investment round and is eying additional funding as it plans to grow into major U.S. markets.

As we've previously reported, Vituro Health partnered with Urology Centers of Alabama earlier this year to offer a new form of prostate cancer treatment called high-intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, which is a noninvasive treatment that limits certain side effects of other prostate cancer treatments.

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CFD Research Corporation seeks full-time workers, interns in Huntsville
on April 16, 2016 

Scientists, engineers and interns are welcome next week at a free career fair hosted by CFD Research Corporation in Huntsville.

The 29-year-old company will host the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on 701 McMillian Way N.W. Job seekers will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with managers and principal investigators about job openings.

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County commission talks business expansion

Positive news about business expansion in the county took up much of the time of the Marengo County Commission meeting Tuesday.

The good news began with the tax abatement awarded Cemex in Demopolis for a $50 million expansion and renovation mandated by government regulations.

The commission unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement of $351,776 per year.
Brenda Tuck, Economic Development Authority director, told commissioners that the port project along the Tombigbee River, in the works for four years, now has a company that is vitally interested in developing the project.


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Wiregrass EDC receives $13,000 from SEAGD for economic development
By Jennifer Calhoun
Apr 15, 2016

 The Southeast Alabama Gas District this week presented a $13,000 check to Wiregrass Economic Development Corporation to help recruit business and industry to the region.

Wiley Lott, director of external affairs and economic development for SEAGD, said the check was part of the company's mission to help the community by increasing the number of jobs, expanding existing industry and bring in new opportunities.

"At the end of the day, it's all about jobs," Lott said. "We all try to work together."



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Ninth annual career fair set for Thursday at CACC
By David Granger
April 18, 2016
 
The Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance and Central Alabama Community College will sponsor their ninth annual career fair on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center on the
CACC campus.

The event is free and open to those searching for either part-time or fulltime job opportunities.

At least 30 companies, armed forces representatives, staffing agencies and others will be on hand to talk with prospective employees. Those who attend are urged to wear conservative professional clothing and bring their resumes.
"We encourage everyone to come out, talk with the company representatives and see what's available," said Denise Walls, special projects coordinator with the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance. "Hopefully, we can
match them up with someone who needs services for which they are qualified."
 
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