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McWane Science Center looks to future as Itty Bitty Magic City turns 1

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Birmingham’s McWane Science Center marked a milestone this month, when its popular children’s museum, Itty Bitty Magic City, turned a year old. The $5 million facility, the largest capital expenditure at McWane since its 1998 opening, welcomed more than 300,000 guests during the past...

Written by Jerry Underwood

World Stage: 2015 foreign investment reaches $3.4 billion

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Foreign direct investment in Alabama topped $3.4 billion in 2015, as companies based in 18 different countries extended their reach into the state. The vast majority of the 95 FDI projects were expansions, including a major addition to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama 2015 scorecard: Project investment tops $7 billion

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Alabama attracted more than $7 billion in capital investment in 2015, along with nearly 20,000 new and future jobs, as the state’s economic development team secured high-caliber projects in key growth sectors such as technology, aerospace and automotive. At a press conference at the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

World-famous Barber Motorsports Park gears up for Indy races

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Barber Motorsports Park is preparing to welcome about 80,000 visitors this weekend for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the annual three-day event that showcases the Birmingham racing venue. Many will take in the sights at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which houses...

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Alabama Renewal Act gives state new recruitment tools

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MOBILE, Alabama – At a ceremony this morning at the Port of Mobile, Governor Robert Bentley signed the Alabama Renewal Act into law, giving the state’s economic development team new tools as they pursue new jobs and investment. “The signing of the Alabama Renewal...

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Birmingham region attracts $1.1 billion in 2015 investment

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The Birmingham Business Alliance said today that economic development activity during 2015 in its seven-county region resulted in more than 3,500 new and future jobs, along with nearly $1.1 billion in capital investment. The BBA said significant project announcements in 2015 included: Auto supplier...

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Game-changing Alabama projects claim investment awards

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A national trade publication selected three 2015 Alabama economic development projects, valued at a combined $2 billion, for its elite investment awards, reflecting the powerful impact of these collaborative recruitment efforts. Editors at Trade & Industry Development magazine evaluated hundreds of...

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Farm to plate: Alabama agriculture industry looks to grow

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Alabama’s agriculture industry leaders are exploring new methods and markets to extend the reach of the state’s farmers. Agriculture, forestry and related industries have a $70.4 billion economic impact in Alabama and are responsible for more than 580,000 jobs. Products from farms and forests...

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Huntsville high-tech startup RadioBro opens Germany office

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – RadioBro Corp., a start-up firm that makes miniature electronics systems for airplanes and spacecraft, has opened an office in Bremen, Germany, as it targets connections in the European aerospace industry. Brothers Mark, Eric and Daniel Becnel founded RadioBro in Huntsville in...

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Mobile Chamber signs trade memo as gateway to Morocco

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CASABLANCA, Morocco – The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce this morning signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco calling for the organizations to promote trade and build mutually beneficial business connections. The development comes on the third day...

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