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

AIDT

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 business climate rates near top in ‘Site Selection’ rankings

AIDT

Alabama’s business climate ranked near the top of the states in a comprehensive analysis released today by “Site Selection,” a national publication that focuses on economic development. In the magazine’s 2020 analysis, Alabama ranked No. 7, tied with Arizona, and up two spots from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Site consultants rank Alabama a top state in Area Development survey

AIDT

Site selection professionals surveyed by national publication Area Development once again ranked Alabama among the top states for doing business, citing a range of factors that underpin a business-friendly environment. Alabama ranks No. 6 overall in the magazine’s 2020 “Top States for Doing Business”

Written by Jerry Underwood

Innovative workforce development initiative JumpStartAL launches

AIDT

Officials today announced JumpStartAL, a private-public partnership to help carry out Alabama’s strategy for the future of workforce development. Using leading edge virtual reality (VR) training solutions from job simulator TRANSFRVR, JumpStartAL will offer new education and training programs to develop the state’s next...

Written by Jerry Underwood

AIDT promotes Allen to high-level communications position

AIDT

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – AIDT announced today that Jacqueline Allen has been promoted to assistant director of communications and external affairs at Alabama’s premier workforce development agency. Allen has over 30 years of experience in communications and marketing, with nearly 20 years of that experience...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama ranks No. 4 in publication’s 2019 ‘Top States for Business’ survey

AIDT

Alabama ranked near the top of Area Development magazine’s 2019 “Top States for Business” survey, continuing a streak of high rankings in the national publication’s annual analysis. Overall, Alabama earned a No. 4 ranking and Top 10 marks in 11 different individual categories in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

At Alabama robotics facility, officials unveil expansion of training program

AIDT

DECATUR, Alabama – Ivanka Trump, advisor to the president, joined leaders of Toyota Motor North America and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park to announce an expansion of a program to develop skilled workers. At an event held...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Josh Laney to head Alabama Office of Apprenticeship as skills program expands

AIDT

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Ed Castile, deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce and director of AIDT, announced that Josh Laney has been named director of the newly established Alabama Office of Apprenticeship (AOA) as the state moves to expand a program that elevates...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama earns No. 3 spot in magazine’s new business climate rankings

AIDT

Business Facilities, a national publication that focuses on economic development, ranked Alabama’s business climate among the top states in a new analysis that evaluated a range of key economic categories. Alabama earned the No. 3 spot in the magazine’s flagship business climate ranking, while...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Classes to resume at Alabama Robotics Technology Park building after accident

AIDT

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- AIDT said today that classes can resume at the Phase 3 building at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner after a truck slammed into the building. “We are pleased that, after careful inspection, we can resume classes with minimal interruption just...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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