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Unique partnership enables broadband network in rural Macon County

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TUSKEGEE, Alabama — Many businesses and homes in Macon County now have the capability of connecting to a next-generation fiber broadband network, thanks to a partnership that pools state grants, private investment and philanthropic funding. Joe Turnham, director of the Macon County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA),

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama’s 2022 projects to inject record $10.1 billion in new investment

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Economic development activity in Alabama generated $10.1 billion in new capital investment during 2022, a new annual record and another indicator of strength in the state’s economy. Governor Kay Ivey announced today that the 2022 Alabama Economic Development Impact Report, compiled...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Samkee Corp. selects Alabama for its first U.S. plant

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Samkee Corp., a major South Korean automotive supplier, plans to invest $128 million to open its first U.S. factory in Alabama through a project that will create 170 jobs in Tuskegee and provide an economic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Foreign investment accelerates with new growth projects in Alabama

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With new growth projects under way in key industries such as automotive and aviation, foreign direct investment continues to act as a powerful catalyst in Alabama’s economy, casting a wave of job creation and triggering positive ripple effects. Since 2018, foreign companies have launched...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Resicum plans aviation training facility at Selma’s Craig Field

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SELMA, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Resicum International LLC, which provides flight training and maintenance support to government, commercial and general aviation customers, plans to open an aviation training academy at Craig Field in Selma that will prepare the next generation...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Memorable gifts from rural Alabama

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Rural Alabama is home to many skilled and creative artisans, whose work shines brightly during the holiday season. From intricate woodwork to inventive fragrance blends, their products are popular gifts for Christmas and other occasions throughout the year. “There’s an intriguing mix of natural...

Written by Dawn Azok

For holiday gift twist, consider an Alabama adventure this year

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Think outside the gift box this holiday season. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to high-end entertainment, the ways to experience Alabama are vast and varied, and they also make a perfect Christmas present. Here’s a twist on our annual “Made in Alabama” holiday gift guide, because...

Written by Dawn Azok

First Solar plans $1.1 billion Alabama manufacturing facility with 700 jobs

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — First Solar Inc. plans to invest $1.1 billion to establish a photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturing facility in Lawrence County, creating over 700 jobs in North Alabama, according to an announcement today by Governor Kay Ivey. The new factory is part...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Renovated state parks showcase rural Alabama’s advantages

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EUFAULA, Alabama — New additions and renovations are under way at several Alabama State Parks, which are showcasing the natural assets and quality-of-life advantages of rural counties. At Lakepoint State Park in Barbour County, recent projects include an archery park and an off-road vehicle...

Written by Dawn Azok

Summit: Rural Alabama poised for job growth as project momentum builds

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Growing businesses injected nearly $1.7 billion in new capital investment into Alabama’s rural counties last year in a sign of continuing vitality, according to data released today by the Alabama Department of Commerce in conjunction with a summit for the state’s...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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