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Alabama Innovation Fund awards $4.5 million for promising research

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Alabama Innovation Fund has awarded nearly $4.5 million to advance research being conducted at universities and other institutions, providing key support for programs that could generate new ventures and create jobs across the state. This year, the Alabama Innovation Fund...

Written by Jerry Underwood

REHAU opens Alabama technical center to serve automotive industry

Innovation

CULLMAN, Alabama – European auto parts maker REHAU formally opened its first North American technical center at the company's manufacturing facility in Cullman, creating a U.S. site to handle research and development functions that had been conducted primarily in Germany. REHAU said the ultra-modern technical...

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Alabama Launchpad funds 4 startups, honors innovation (update)

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — With Alabama Innovation Week starting Monday, Alabama Launchpad kicked off the celebration a little early with the finale of its latest round of competition. On Thursday, Alabama Launchpad awarded $240,000 to four start-up companies participating in its state-wide entrepreneur competition. The...

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Sidewalk Film Festival shines national spotlight on Alabama

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One of the coolest film festivals in the world takes place right here in Alabama. The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, starting Friday and running through the weekend, earned this distinction last year from MovieMaker magazine, and this is not the first time the festival...

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Alabama Launchpad seeks next generation of innovators in competition finale

Innovation

Even Alabama’s largest companies first began with an idea, and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) is searching for the next great one. Through Alabama Launchpad, a premier entrepreneur competition, the EDPA seeks to fund the next generation of Alabama innovators in hopes...

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Russellville rocket team sets sights on NASA Student Launch program

Innovation

A student team from Russellville is aiming for even loftier goals after winning a major U.S. rocketry competition and then a high-profile international contest at this summer’s Paris Air Show. The RCS Engineering Team, made up of seven middle and high school students from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

TechHire Initiative to advance Birmingham technology sector

Innovation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The growing tech sector in Birmingham will get a boost from the city being selected to take part in the TechHire Initiative, a White House program that creates pathways to well-paying technology jobs. Birmingham, which has targeted 300 new tech jobs,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auburn University, NASA to explore 3-D printing applications

Innovation

AUBURN, Alabama – Auburn University and NASA today signed a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing -- a technology that will revolutionize how all kinds of products, from simple items to components in rocket engines,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Renewable energy options will boost Alabama competitiveness

Innovation

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield says initiatives to expand the availability of renewable energy in the state will enhance Alabama’s ability to compete for some economic development projects. This year, TVA entered into a 20-year agreement to purchase 80 megawatts of solar power from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Google Alabama data center will provide boost to state’s tech sector

Innovation

Top Alabama economic development officials believe Google’s plans to build a $600 million data center in Jackson County will optimize efforts to expand the state’s high-tech industry sector. Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Google is a tech giant whose...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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