Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner.


In this issue:

Report: Alabama sees billions of dollars in economic activity from physicians in the state
ON FEBRUARY 28, 2018 
Alabama's more than 8,700 physicians support more than 100,000 jobs and generate nearly $17 billion in economic activity, according to a new report released by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the American Medical Association.

The report found that each individual physician:

- Creates 11.7 jobs in the state.


Southeast Worlds of Work allows Alabama teens to consider multiple career paths
By Linda Brannon

They may not know yet what they want to be when they graduate, but almost 5,000 regional eighth-graders recently explored a variety of career paths during the third annual  Southeast Worlds of Work (WOW) at the  National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan.

The students came from Alabama, Georgia and Florida to take part in the fun, educational and hands-on career expo.

The expo is a way for students to become familiar with the high-demand, high-wage career opportunities available in the tri-state region. It is also designed to create awareness about career options among students and educators that address the current workforce needs in the area.


These projects are bringing more than 12,000 jobs to Alabama
By William Thornton | | 
February 28, 2018 

Alabama's unemployment rate is at an historic low. 

But more than that, the last six months have seen landmark job creation announcements, expansions, investments, and other projects that are bringing thousands of jobs to Alabama.

 Here are just a few announced over the last five months. 

Birmingham tech startup expands with C-level hire
By  Stephanie Rebman   - Managing Editor, Birmingham Business Journal
A Birmingham tech startup is growing with the addition of key staff.

Babysitting app Wyndy has hired  David Lormor as its first chief technology officer.

Lormor has joined Wyndy, which launched in Birmingham last spring to help  connect college-aged babysitters to families in the metro area.


Jasper is a jewel being polished in Alabama
By Chuck Chandler

There was a time when Jasper was home to some of America's most famous people. 

The Bankheads, Carl Elliot, Tom Bevill and George "Goober" Lindsey all lived in this town of about 14,000 people amidst one of the world's largest coalfields.

Those stars are all gone as Walker County's seat of government is undergoing a revolution that has nothing to do with the black rock that first brought workers and entrepreneurs here nearly 200 years ago. It has everything to do with making downtown a diamond.


AdvantageSite program will begin accepting pre-consultation applications, beginning tomorrow

The purpose of the pre-consultation checklist is to determine what applications for AdvantageSites will be accepted in 2018.
This checklist will be available Thursday, March 1, on the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama's website for those wishing to pursue an AdvantageSite designation through March 31.  
AdvantageSite is a teamwork approach between the private sector and state and local governments geared toward having prepared product and materials ready for industrial prospects. 
The program is jointly sponsored by the Alabama Department of Commerce, Spire, Alabama Power Co., the North Alabama Industrial Development Association, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, and coordinated by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Representatives from each of the entities actively participate in application reviews and on-site visits to prospective AdvantageSite designees.
AdvantageSite is a voluntary industrial site preparedness program created in order to make the state more competitive for companies considering a location in Alabama.  

Since the program's start in 2008, 29 projects have located on AdvantageSites across the state, investing more than $1.3 billion and creating over 6,000 new jobs.

Follow us on TwitterLike us on FacebookJoin Our Mailing List