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Selma company lands $71 million contract to produce Army coats
By Bryan Henry, Reporter
January 25th 2018

SELMA, AL (WSFA) -  A Selma company just landed a $71 million military contract.

"Yea, we're gonna bring it!" said Rosetta Davis.

And her laughter said it all. People like Davis have 71 million reasons to smile this week in Selma.

"We got to make these military uniforms for the military people," she said.


Birmingham-Hoover No. 1 for healthcare jobs in U.S., study says
The Birmingham area is the best destination to find a healthcare job in the United States,  according to a survey.

ABODO, the apartment search site, looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2012 through 2016, narrowing down metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) that offer the best chances to find jobs in certain areas.

According to the study, Birmingham-Hoover has the highest concentration of health care and technical jobs in any the top 50 metro areas in the country, with a location quotient of 1.4. That number compares the ratio of national job density to the local ratio for that occupation.



Alabama cyber security programs ramp up amid rising threats

AUBURN, Alabama - Protecting the nation's infrastructure, industries and sensitive information in the digital age is the focus of advanced research taking place across Alabama.

Universities are boosting their research efforts in the field of cyber security, along with programs that produce highly skilled graduates.

Governor Kay Ivey also recently announced the formation of a new high school focusing on cyber technology and engineering, which will be based in Huntsville. The school will prepare Alabama's top students for jobs in these in-demand fields.


Barber museum voted best attraction in Alabama
By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is Alabama's best attraction, according to readers of  USA Today.

The museum that anchors the 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park features one of the largest collections of motorcycles in the world and the largest collection of vintage Lotus racecars.

The newspaper released its "Best Alabama Attraction" list earlier this month. The list took nominations from Alabama-based travel writers and photographers and allowed the public to vote for a month.


PastPort gives users a special pass to Alabama's bicentennial
Any birthday is a journey in time. With Alabama's birthday coming up, a new education program aims at getting participants out on the road to discover the state's story.
The PastPort is a project of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. In a morning press conference at the Mercedes-Benz Visitor's Center in Vance, the project's sponsors introduced the concept to school children.

The PastPort is the 174-page official bicentennial publication is designed to be a guide to 300 of Alabama's historic places. It  is available here.



Nominations are open until February 22 for the EDPA 2018 imerge Innovation Awards. 

Do you know individuals, startups, small businesses, or corporations making a breakthrough, being a game-changer, and continuing to make Alabama a source of innovation? 

Don't miss the chance to make sure they are recognized!

Click on the image to learn more about the awards and to make a nomination.

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