Mercedes to launch electric vehicle production in $1B Alabama project
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -
announced plans today to invest an additional $1 billion in its Alabama operation, where it will set up electric vehicle production and build a battery plant.
In addition, the German automaker will also expand its logistics activities in the U.S. with a new Global Logistics Center and a new after-sales North American parts hub to be built in nearby Bibb County.
Altogether, Mercedes' new investment in Alabama is expected to create more than 600 jobs and upgrade a plant that the company already describes as one of the world's "smartest" manufacturing facilities.
Longtime economic leader to retire
By Stephen Dethrage / Staff Writer
The longtime leader of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority plans to retire.
Dara Longgrear was named executive director of the TCIDA in 1986 and has been a leader of industrial recruitment in the Tuscaloosa area ever since, but after 31 years, he's ready to hang up his spurs and let someone else take over.
"Every time I say '31 years' out loud, that seems like a very long time," Longgrear said Wednesday. "But all that time really went by like it was overnight. I don't know if I could ever have hoped to be involved in a more rewarding economic development career than the one I am fortunate enough to have had."
Southeast Ala. Works aims to bolster region's workforce
In 2015, the Alabama state legislature organized the Regional Workforce Councils (RWC) to serve as a bridge between the Alabama Department of Commerce and the workforce challenges happened on a state and regional level.
Today, the RWC is seeking to accomplish just that with a boots-on-the-ground approach encompassing business owners, industry specialists and students.
The state has been split into seven regional workforce councils. Butler County occupies the sixth region, dubbed Southeast Alabama Works, which also includes Crenshaw, Pike, Covington, Coffee, Geneva, Barbour, Dale, Henry and Houston counties.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches Construction of New Automotive Technology Building for Calhoun Community College in Decatur
September 19, 2017
Calhoun Community College will break ground on the new Automotive Technology Training Center on Thursday, September 28,10:00 am, on the north side of the old Fine Arts building, Decatur campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Ceremony speakers will include:
Mr. Jimmy Baker, Chancellor, Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education
Dr. Jim Klauber, Calhoun President
Arthur Orr, Alabama State Senator
Crystal Brown, ACCS Board of Trustees