Category Archives: Other State News

Gulf Coast gets $21 million for cleanup, revitalization.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Coastal Restoration efforts won a multi-million dollar award from a federal agency to help cleanup efforts on the Gulf Coast. Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has appro ...

LogisAll logistics to enter rural Alabama.

SHORTER, Ala. — A Korean logistics company, LogisAll, announced its intentions to open a facility in rural Alabama. LogisAll plans to open a facility in Macon County that will serve the bustling Interstate 85 automotive manufacturing corridor, creatin ...

Honda seeks new generation of workers for Alabama plant.

TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. — The Honda plant in Talladega County is hosting field trips for high school students to offer a sneak peak at what it could be like to work there. The auto assembly played host to about 160 high school students last week, part ...

Alabama Innovation Fund awards research projects.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Innovation Fund research and economic development program has announced the awards for research projects at universities in the state. The Alabama Innovation Fund has awarded nearly $4.5 million to advance research being ...

Alabama Launchpad awards grants to hopeful innovators.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Launchpad program awarded $55,000 in grants to help small businesses seek federal assistance in getting their products to market. The program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama awarded grants to 11 small ...

Economic booster grants available to Alabama towns.

ALABAMA — Alabama towns can now compete for more than $10 million in USDA grants to keep rural economies thriving. Agriculture Undersecretary Lisa Mensah recently announced that the U.S. Agriculture Department is seeking applications for grants to sup ...

New report: Alabama added 18,000 jobs.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A new report says more than 18,000 new jobs came to Alabama in 2014 as companies expanded or built new facilities in the Yellowhammer State. The growth represented nearly $3.4 billion in new investment during 2014, reflecting growing ...

Alabama awarded economic development honor.

ALABAMA — Economic development publication Area Development has given Alabama a “Silver Shovel” award for excellence in growing jobs. The website and magazine credited the state for steady growth in automative and aerospace manufacturing. ...

2014 projects yield 18,000 new jobs statewide.

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Companies planning new facilities or expanding existing operations in Alabama announced more than 18,000 new jobs and nearly $3.4 billion in new investment during 2014, according to a new report from the Alabama Department of Commer ...

Birmingham metro added 3,000+ jobs in 2014.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham is thriving. The Birmingham Business Alliance recently released its latest annual study, which showed that the Birmingham seven-county region gained 3,011 jobs in new and expanding industries in 2014. Plus, capital invest ...

28,600 Alabamians landed more jobs in the last year.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama had 28,600 more jobs in March than it had at the same time last year. The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama discovered that stats say manufacturers added 1,300 of those workers, while serv ...

fDi magazine: Birmingham is the future.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Magic City is an old nickname for Birmingham, but now you can add City of the Future. fDi magazine, a Financial Times publication, ranked Birmingham in the top 10 of mid-sized American cities to watch for economic potential and job ...

Alabama execs see bright job times ahead.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama business people are more optimistic about the economy today than they were in 2006, when business was booming. The most recent Alabama Business Confidence Index came in at an optimistic 57.6 on the second quarter 2015 survey. ...

Alabama college grad? Need a job? Here’s 20,000.

ALABAMA — More than 20,000 Alabama jobs are listed online for recent college graduates. The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University tallied the stats for all 50 states to come up the Alabama good news. The best prospects are for ...

Alabama economy keeps pumpin’ up.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s unemployment rate keeps dropping fast. The latest figures show it was 5.7 percent statewide in March. It hasn’t been that low since July 2008. That’s also well below last March’s rate of 7.2 perc ...

Huntsville’s population soars.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville is the hottest ticket in Alabama. New census figures show the metro’s population was 441,000 in 2014, a 5.6 percent boost from 2010. That growth rate makes the Madison and Limestone county area the fastest-growing la ...

Alabama jobs near record levels.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of Alabama jobs are at their highest level since 2008, when the Great Recession was in its early stages. “For the past two months, more than 2 million people are working in this state, which hasn’t happened since Novem ...

K&S Lumber opens Vernon sawmill.

VERNON, Ala. — The new K&S Lumber facility is up and running, employing about 15 people to make railroad cross ties. And Mayor Glenn Crawford said the city is already working to attract a second tenant for the towns industrial park. Setting up a s ...