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Which city is the 'Southern Silicon Valley?' Birmingham or Huntsville?
By William Thornton
September 18, 2018
Birmingham is the Magic City. Huntsville is the Rocket City.
But which Alabama city has the better claim to be, as some publications recently put it, the "Southern Silicon Valley?"
The answer may depend greatly on Alabama's past, and could dictate the state's future.
No less an authority than the Wall Street Journal gave Huntsville the nickname, saying it was one of three cities in the U.S. that represent the future of the tech industry. Entrepreneur said it's one of seven cities competing with Silicon Valley.
Birmingham organization tapped for global blockchain accelerator program
By Stephanie Rebman
September 18, 2018
A Birmingham-based organization has been selected to join a global blockchain accelerator.
GlobalXplorer, a nonprofit crowdsourced archaeology initiative, was selected among the first 16 companies in the world to participate in the ConsenSys Tachyon Blockchain Accelerator. As we've noted, GlobalXplorer is an online citizen-science and archaeology platform that was the brainchild of
- a former Top 40 Under 40 winner who has drawn global
headlines for using technology to find ancient sites
Alabama Launchpad finalists confirmed for late September
September 17, 2018
Six early-stage companies will be advancing the finals of
competition in Huntsville Sept. 27.
The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama competition will include two categories: concept stage for entrepreneurs launching businesses and seed stage for business acceleration.
Auburn University 3-D technology helping build next generation of NASA spacecraft
September 18, 2018
AUBURN, Ala., Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA inspires the world with its mission of space exploration, scientific discovery and development of new technology. That's why Auburn University is partnering with NASA to employ 3-D printers that will build components for the next generation of spacecraft in support of a U.S.-led program for a human return to the Moon.
That is just one component of Auburn's thrust as a national leader in additive manufacturing research, which allows manufacturers to fabricate parts layer-by-layer from metals, plastics or other materials using a 3-D computer-aided design model.
To expand upon its existing relationship with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Auburn has formed the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, or NCAME, and is already collaborating with more than 50 industry and government partners.
Rice Lake expands in Jasper
September 13, 2018
In an effort to expand manufacturing capacity and provide additional support to customers, Wisconsin-based Rice Lake is expanding its presence in Walker County with the purchase of an additional manufacturing building located in Bevill Industrial Park in Jasper.
Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a global leader in measurement equipment, with a manufacturing facility located in Curry.
The additional facility will increase manufacturing capacity for the company, where employees will produce Rice Lake SURVIVOR truck scales, among other product lines as production comes online.
Join us on September 27th at LogiCore in Huntsville, Alabama
for the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition Finale
powered by imerge!
With up to $150,000 on the line and expert judges deciding the winners, this competition is high stakes for six early-stage companies. Beyond the competing startup teams, the event features a meet and greet and also a panel discussion. The night concludes with live music.
for details and to purchase tickets.