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Birmingham region scorecard: 2,000 new jobs from 2016 projects

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The Birmingham Business Alliance said today that economic development activity in its seven-county region generated more than 2,000 jobs and nearly $587 million in new capital investment during 2016. At a breakfast meeting today, BBA leaders also outlined their strategy of harnessing the Birmingham...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Florence culinary incubator stirs entrepreneurship dreams

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FLORENCE, Alabama – Entrepreneurs looking to break into the highly competitive food industry have found invaluable tools and support in northwest Alabama. The Florence-based Shoals Entrepreneurial Center is home to a culinary incubator that offers a fully equipped, FDA-approved commercial kitchen for fledgling startups...

Written by Dawn Azok

Tuskegee researchers’ discovery could protect food supply

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TUSKEGEE, Alabama – Researchers at Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded a patent for a faster and more efficient way to detect live bacteria that could contaminate the nation’s food supply. U.S Patent No. 9434976 was issued for the rapid and...

Written by Dawn Azok

Accelerate Alabama 2.0 updates state’s strategic growth plan

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Accelerate Alabama, the strategic economic development growth plan that has driven the creation of more than 75,000 jobs since its adoption, is being updated with refined targets and tactics. Accelerate Alabama 2.0, as it’s called, aims to amplify the success of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Milestone: Airbus Engineering celebrates decade in Alabama

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MOBILE, Alabama – Airbus today marked a major milestone in Alabama as it celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the engineering operation that was the forerunner to its aircraft manufacturing facility here. Employees of Airbus Engineering were joined by state and local leaders to recognize...

Written by Dawn Azok

Zyp BikeShare adds ‘grab and go’ way to travel in Birmingham

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Hundreds of bright green bicycles have collectively logged nearly 100,000 miles crisscrossing Birmingham, as the city’s new bike sharing system has become a hit with residents and visitors alike. Zyp BikeShare, an initiative of REV Birmingham that launched in October 2015, gives riders a...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama makers help business recruiters tell state’s story in unique way

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When it comes to courting new and expanding companies, Alabama’s business recruiters don’t have to look far for help. They often turn to local artists, manufacturers and other makers when they want a special gift for company officials or international dignitaries, and they have...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama academic researchers work to power new discoveries

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Researchers at universities across Alabama are involved in groundbreaking work that is bringing promising new developments to industry, healthcare and community life. In many instances, the projects have been recognized by national research groups, which are funneling millions of dollars in funding into the...

Written by Dawn Azok

Santa Alert: Made In Alabama’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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Talent, creativity and innovation run deep in Alabama, and it’s not hard to wrap a bow around them this holiday season. Across the state, entrepreneurs, artists, bakers and other makers are selling their wares. Finding a special Alabama-made gift to fit any budget is...

Written by Dawn Azok

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