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Alabama jumps to No. 3 in ranking of ‘Top States for Business’

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Area Development, a national publication, ranked Alabama No. 3 in its 2018 “Top States for Business” survey and gave the state a shout-out for improved economic development policies. Alabama’s overall ranking in the Area Development survey improved three spots from 2017...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama grabs No. 1 business climate ranking from publication

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Business Facilities, an economic development-focused publication, ranked Alabama’s business climate tops among the states in a new analysis that examined performance in several key economic categories. The publication cited Alabama’s successful recruitment of the Toyota-Mazda joint venture automobile manufacturing plant to illustrate the state’s...

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AIDT teams with Lockheed Martin for new Alabama training facility

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TROY, Alabama – Lockheed Martin has opened a new onsite training at the company’s Pike County Operations site that was made possible with the help of AIDT, the state’s primary workforce development agency. The Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Center is a $2 million project...

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Gov. Ivey announces creation of Alabama Aviation Education Center in Mobile

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MONTGOMERY -- Governor Kay Ivey announced plans today to create the Alabama Aviation Education Center, a hands-on instructional facility to be located near the Airbus aircraft manufacturing facility in Mobile that aims to bolster Alabama’s workforce development efforts and inspire young people to pursue...

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Gallup: Alabama has nation’s most engaged workforce

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A new Gallup poll finds that Alabama has the nation’s highest percentage of “engaged” workers who are enthusiastic about their jobs. Gallup’s survey found that 37 percent of Alabama workers are engaged, ahead of Delaware, Kentucky and Louisiana at 36 percent...

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Innovate Birmingham partnership creates pathway to tech jobs

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A program called the Innovate Birmingham Regional Workforce Partnership will deploy $6 million in federal funding to train young adults in Alabama’s largest metro area for 925 high-paying technology-focused jobs. The Innovate Birmingham partnership is supported by a broad coalition of business, community and...

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Alabama Robotics Park Phase 3 center readies for training

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TANNER, Alabama --- There’s a new state-of-the-art tool in Alabama’s worker training effor. Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials today are cutting the ribbon on Phase 3 of the Robotics Technology Park, an $80 million, 85-acre campus in Limestone County where employees from Alabama...

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Site selectors: Alabama primed for projects, but challenges remain

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Alabama has clear strengths to capitalize on the current trends in economic development, but the state also faces challenges in landing today’s lucrative jobs and capital investment projects. That was the message at today’s Alabama Economic Growth Summit hosted by Yellowhammer Multimedia at the...

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Alabama Workforce System brand unifies job services

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The Alabama Workforce Council has presented a new set of recommendations to Governor Robert Bentley, including the creation and implementation of a new unified and universal brand for the Alabama Workforce System. The idea goes beyond just a logo, said Ed Castile, deputy secretary...

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Site consultants rank Alabama a top state in Area Development survey

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Site selection professionals surveyed by national publication Area Development once again ranked Alabama in the top five states for doing business, citing its strong labor climate and workforce development programs. [caption id="attachment_9688" align="alignright" width="300"] Alabama got high marks for its workforce in the Area...

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