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:

Aerojet Rocketdyne launches expansion project in Alabama's Rocket City
October 24, 2017

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -  Aerojet Rocketdyne officially launched work today on a new 136,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Huntsville, reinforcing the status of Alabama's "Rocket City" as a major center for innovation in the aerospace and defense sectors.

At a groundbreaking today, Aerojet Rocketdyne President and CEO Eileen Drake said the company's expansion plans will bring roughly 800 jobs to Huntsville. Earlier this year, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced plans for the  new manufacturing facility, where it will produce its AR1 rocket engine, composite cases for rocket motors, 3-D printed rocket engine components, and other parts. It will begin production in 2019.

That followed an earlier announcement that the company was relocating its Defense division headquarters and Rocket Shop advanced programs to Huntsville, where it has had a presence for more than 50 years.


German delegation making 3 stops in Alabama Wednesday
A German political delegation will be making several planned stops in Alabama Wednesday to discuss trade and business ties.

In all, the delegation will be making stops in Birmingham, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa as part of a swing through the U.S. from California to Washington, D.C.

Its theme is "The Future of the Automobile - Trade, Production and Technology." Included in the Alabama stops are a business roundtable in Montgomery tomorrow morning and an evening reception in Birmingham hosted by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.



Governor Kay Ivey To Attend Groundbreaking In Brewton
By  WKRG Staff 
Brewton, AL (WKRG) - Provalus is breaking ground on its new facility later this afternoon.  Here's a news release from the Governor's Office:
BREWTON - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday will attend the Provalus groundbreaking of the company's flagship technology facility.

In August, Governor Ivey announced that Provalus of Optomi, LLC planned to invest $6.5 million to open a center in Brewton, that would staff approximately 300 workers. The facility will consist of three buildings occupying a combined space of more than 60,000 square feet.


Magic City Classic provides chance to recruit STEM talent to city
By  Stephanie Rebman  -  Managing Editor, Birmingham Business Journal
Two dozen local companies and more than 100 college students will come together during the annual Magic City Classic to help boost employment in the STEM sector.

The Birmingham Business Alliance's Magic City Classic Talent Recruitment Project will be held Oct. 27 at Iron City, connecting employers with recent graduates and students representing organizations including  National Society of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, Innovate Birmingham, Covalence and more.

"This is a great branding opportunity for regional employers looking to connect with top talent from under-represented minority groups," said Brittney Smith, the BBA's manager of workforce development. "And for upcoming graduates, it's a great way to meet face-to-face with prospective employers."


3rd annual Manufacturing career day held in Autauga County Wednesday

By Deanna Chavez Gates
October 25, 2017
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the third annual Manufacturing Career Day for high school students in Autauga County on Wednesday.

The event will take place at the Autauga County Technology Center and will feature officials from Alabama Power, Autauga County Commission Spire, Fras-le North America and more.

The various companies that attend will talk to students about career opportunities that are available locally, officials say. Students will get a chance to take an extensive look at possible careers by participating in hands-on activities that include welding and even robotics.



City, EDA announce contract with consulting firm

October 23, 2017

Selma will be working with a Birmingham consulting group to go after retail development.

Mayor Darrio Melton and Wayne Vardaman, director of the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority, announced the plans Monday morning.

The EDA plans to enter a $25,000 contract with NextSite to study Selma's business environment and potentially recruit new retailers. The agreement would likely be extended for a second and third year for a total of $75,000, according to Vardaman. The funds are coming from money set aside for incentives.


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