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Toyota-Mazda auto plant deal is official as leaders sign the agreement
JANUARY 17, 2018

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Toyota-Mazda deal is official. Last week, state officials and company leaders announced that  Toyota and Mazda will establish a new $1.6B plant in Huntsville  as part of a new joint-venture.

Production is slated to begin in 2021 and reach 300,000 vehicles produced annually. The new facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs.

Mayor Tommy Battle, Limestone County Commission Chair Mark Yarbrough, and Hundley Batts - Chair of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Huntsville signed the development agreement for Toyota-Mazda on Wednesday.



PeopleTec awarded $33 million missile defense contract
PeopleTec of Huntsville has been awarded a $33.6 million contract for engineering and support by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

The contract covers systems advisory and engineering activities for international programs in the Ballistic Missile Defense System, according to the U.S. Defense Department. 

That means work with the system which intercepts ballistic missile threats aimed at regional interests, allies and deployed forces.



New civil rights trail launched
By  Hanno van der Bijl   -  Digital Producer, Birmingham Business Journal
Four Birmingham landmarks are now part of a new project celebrating the South's rich civil rights legacy.

Several tourism departments have launched the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a network of some of the most important civil rights sites during the movement's heyday in the 1950s and 1960s.

The trail includes almost 130 museums, churches, courthouses and other landmarks - almost 30 of which are in Alabama.


What does it take to be an Alabama Community of Excellence?
By Sidney Hoover
Thirty-five cities have successfully completed the comprehensive three-phase process to become an Alabama Community of Excellence. 
A growing number of towns are earning the  Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) seal of approval and seeing transformative results from the process.

What is ACE and what does it take to earn the designation?


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