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Rise of the Rest bus tour to showcase Birmingham innovation ecosystem

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham’s entrepreneurial and innovation landscape will be in the spotlight today, as the city hosts a national tour of supporters of early-stage startups. The Rise of the Rest bus tour passes through the Magic City, where it will make stops at...

Written by Dawn Azok

Analysis: Alabama bioscience industry’s impact tops $7.3 billion a year

Innovation

Alabama’s multifaceted biosciences industry generates $7.3 billion in economic activity annually while supporting 780 companies and nearly 48,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of Alabama. The comprehensive study underscores the contributions and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Google kicks off construction on $600M Alabama data center

Innovation

BRIDGEPORT, Alabama — Internet giant Google today officially launched construction of a $600 million data center in Alabama with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in Jackson County. The project will create as many as 100 full-time jobs and create massive economic ripples. Google...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Evonik expands Birmingham health care business with 50 new jobs

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Evonik Corp. officials today announced that significant new investments in the company’s Birmingham labs will add extensive manufacturing and R&D capabilities while also creating more than 50 high-paying jobs. Following $50 million in investments over the past four years, the Birmingham...

Written by Jerry Underwood

NASA Marshall advances 3-D printed rocket engine nozzle technology

Innovation

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama have developed and tested a new 3-D printing technique to make rocket engine nozzles in a way that greatly reduces costs and development time. The nozzles, which operate in extreme temperatures and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

Innovation

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

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