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Could patented golden kiwifruit be Alabama’s next export success?

Innovation

REELTOWN, Alabama – A small community in eastern Alabama is home to the nation’s only commercial golden kiwifruit orchard, an innovative operation that could lead the way in establishing a new specialty crop for growers across the Southeastern U.S. The Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative,

Written by Dawn Azok

Steve Case’s ‘Rise of the Rest’ tour to showcase Birmingham start-ups

Innovation

Birmingham’s technology start-up scene is poised to receive a substantial boost from an initiative led by Steve Case, the founder of America Online and a champion of supporting emerging innovation ecosystems across the U.S. Case will visit Birmingham on May 9 as part of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Birmingham startup Pack Health to create 175 jobs in expansion

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama –- Startup Pack Health plans to open a new headquarters in downtown Birmingham and anticipates hiring 175 new employees over the next four years, including programmers, developers, health advisers and other positions, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). Pack Health has...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama cyber security programs ramp up amid rising threats

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AUBURN, Alabama -- Protecting the nation’s infrastructure, industries and sensitive information in the digital age is the focus of advanced research taking place across Alabama. Universities are boosting their research efforts in the field of cyber security, along with programs that produce highly skilled...

Written by Dawn Azok

Target deal for Shipt showcases Birmingham’s dynamic tech sector

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The vibrant entrepreneurial tech scene in Birmingham is once again in the national spotlight, as Target plans to buy local grocery delivery service Shipt for $550 million in a blockbuster deal. The retail giant, which announced the acquisition in December, said...

Written by Dawn Azok

Makers select the Made in Alabama 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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Alabama is an internationally known hub of manufacturing for cars, planes and ships, but the state also turns out an impressive variety of items that fit perfectly underneath the Christmas tree. For the 2017 edition of the Made In Alabama holiday gift guide, we...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama Launchpad selects 2 innovative startups for funding

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Two Birmingham firms prevailed in the latest round of the Alabama startup competition that has pumped millions of dollars into innovative ideas across the state. The Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale, held Wednesday night at Iron City, featured six teams that...

Written by Dawn Azok

New business incubators to spark innovation across Alabama

Innovation

Alabama universities are providing new launch pads for entrepreneurs and their innovative business ideas across the state. Several new incubators have opened or are in the works, and all of the projects have the potential to help spin out new jobs and investment for...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama universities plug into industry with auto research projects

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama isn’t only a major center for auto manufacturing, it’s also a growing hub for research and development projects that drive future industry technologies. At the University of Alabama, the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies offers interdisciplinary education, as well as...

Written by Dawn Azok

New Flyer to add Innovation Center in $25 million Alabama expansion

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ANNISTON, Alabama – New Flyer, the largest transit bus manufacturer in North America, kicked off a $25 million project this morning that will expand and upgrade its Anniston production campus and include a unique Vehicle Innovation Center dedicated to the advancement of bus and motor...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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