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Report: 2017 projects generate nearly 15,500 new jobs across Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Companies planning new facilities or expanding existing operations in Alabama announced nearly 15,500 new jobs and more than $4.4 billion in capital investment during 2017, according to a comprehensive report detailing economic development activity in the state last year.
2017 New & Expanding Industry Report
, released today by Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Commerce, shows that key industrial sectors such as automotive and aerospace continue to expand. The important forest product and food production sectors also turned in strong performances last year.
"I'm committed to creating high-paying jobs that transform the lives of Alabamians and bring new levels of prosperity to communities across the state," Governor Ivey said. "For Alabama to continue our recent success of job creation, it's vitally important that we continue to pursue 21st Century jobs for our people.
Made in Alabama]
Alabama team returns home after productive talks in Japan
TOKYO, Japan - Governor Kay Ivey said today that meetings with high-level executives from Mazda, Toyota and Honda in Japan helped to fortify the state's relationships with the global automakers and will facilitate their growth plans in Alabama.
Governor Ivey, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and a team of Alabama economic development specialists are returning home today after talks with the automakers and an appointment with Bill Hagerty, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
The group traveled to Tokyo
"Creating jobs is a team effort built upon solid relationships with business and industry leaders. When Mazda Toyota Manufacturing announced they were coming to Alabama, they chose to make this announcement in Montgomery, a sign of their support for the current direction of our state and a clear indication of the quality of our relationship," Governor Ivey said.
HudsonAlpha institute celebrates decade on genetic frontier
More than 550 research papers.
One hundred and sixty children with unexplained developmental delays diagnosed.
Thirty-five life sciences companies created.
Alabama's new beachfront park unveiled as a 'showcase' for Gulf Shores
Sara Beth Sennett enjoys a lazy day at Alabama's sugar-white sand beaches more than anyone else. But with an energetic 4-year-old son, the Orange Beach mother is looking for other things to do.
"We usually go to a basic beach with nothing," Sennett said. "But the fact there is a green field here and a play area, it's really nice."
Sennett's son, Corbin, was running around the sandy playground that is a featured part of a
$15 million makeover to the Gulf Shores public beachfront.
A ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday officially unveiled the public park, which is the second phase of the overall project, that now anchors Alabama's most visible beach.
Conference of the Southeastern U.S. Canadian Provinces Alliance set for June in Mobile
Join us for the 11th Annual Conference of the Southeastern U.S. Canadian Provinces Alliance.
This prestigious event will take place in Mobile on June 3-5, 2018 at the Battle House Hotel. The theme "Moving Forward. Together." will build on past conferences in developing common strategic goals and opening doors for businesses from the member provinces and states.
Delegations, led by state governors and provincial premiers (or their designees), are comprised of business and industry leaders. The conference program will feature experts in the field of transportation, information and communication technologies (ICT), and energy.
The forum will be anchored by 10 major companies seeking partnerships, from Prism Systems and Kamtek to Airbus. Business-to-business meetings will be offered to all delegates and the cost is covered in the registration fee.