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Commerce launches ‘RurAL’ campaign to promote rural Alabama

The Alabama Department of Commerce is launching a new digital marketing campaign, including an online site, that focuses on rural Alabama as a great place for doing business and the source of valuable products in demand around the world. The centerpiece of the “RurAL”

Written by Jerry Underwood

Foreign investment sparks growth in rural Alabama communities

Many folks may be unaware of the advantages of doing business in Alabama’s rural counties, but corporate decision-makers from around the world are fully tuned in to the possibilities. Foreign direct investment has been a vital ingredient in Alabama’s economic growth in recent years...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Visionary industrial park spurs 1,300 new jobs in rural Bibb County

WOODSTOCK, Alabama – Bibb County is adding hundreds of new jobs, significant capital investment and next-generation automotive industry technology, thanks to the vision of a local timber magnate. More than a decade ago, Scott G. Davis began working to build the 564-acre industrial park...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama exports primed for rebound in 2021 after pandemic challenges

In an unparalleled and unpredictable year of turbulence in global trade, Alabama’s exports of goods and services in 2020 totaled $17.13 billion. Reflecting the declines in export volumes recorded by nearly all states as well as the nation, Alabama’s total exports registered an overall...

Written by Jerry Underwood

ALDI kicks off construction on $100 million distribution center, regional HQ

LOXLEY, Alabama — Retailer ALDI officially launched construction today on a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Baldwin County that will support the company's expansion throughout the Gulf Coast region. The project is set to bring approximately $100 million in capital investment, with plans...

Written by Jerry Underwood

AIDT teams for unique job-training initiative using virtual reality simulation

 MONTGOMERY, Alabama — AIDT, Alabama’s primary workforce development agency, is teaming with Hyundai Power Transformers USA and a firm specializing in virtual reality technologies on a revolutionary jobs training program. The collaboration with immersive learning startup TRANSFR stands to make cutting-edge job training accessible...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Biotech firm BioGX to invest $5 million in Alabama growth plans

Birmingham-based molecular diagnostics company BioGX plans to expand its R&D and manufacturing capabilities at a new corporate headquarters location in Shelby County, where it will beef up its workforce. The Birmingham Business Alliance announced today that BioGX has purchased a building on Valleydale Road...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Valeo plans manufacturing site in Alabama with 70 jobs

BESSEMER, Alabama -- Automotive supplier Valeo North America announced today that it will invest $5 million in a facility in Jefferson County, creating 70 jobs and providing another boost to the Birmingham region’s presence in the auto manufacturing industry. The Birmingham Business Alliance announced...

Written by Jerry Underwood

5 trends powering Alabama’s economic recovery and growth in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench in Alabama’s economy last year, interrupting a golden period of substantial growth and casting doubt on whether the momentum could be regained. Fortunately for Alabama, the economic foundation built over the past several years looks resilient. Plus,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama’s auto industry primes for growth milestones in 2021

Alabama’s auto industry is poised for a stellar year in 2021, with plans to add thousands of new jobs along with highly-anticipated new products as companies deepen their roots in communities across the state. Automakers are in the midst of major new construction and...

Written by Dawn Azok

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