Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Is Sen. Jeff Sessions gambling with Alabama's seat on TVA board?

Article Title: Is Sen. Jeff Sessions gambling with Alabama's seat on TVA board?


Article Snip: "...(Ritch) was chairman of the board at that time. It took an effort from a lot of folks at TVA to make that happen, but you had his leadership." "He's been a very valuable member of the (local economic) team," Battle agreed. "He's the only chair Alabama's ever had, he's kept power rates low, and it would be a win-win for the community to keep him there." Finley and Battle, who hold non-partisan positions, say Ritch doesn't put a finger on the scale to favor Alabama or any Alabama city. But having him in the room tells industry leaders that power commitments are real and will be kept..."


Article Source:
TVA Board Chairman Joe Ritch,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trump Rally Continues as Dow Tops 19,000 for First Time

Article Title: Dow Tops 19,000 for First Time as Trump Rally Continues


Article Snip: "...The three main U.S. stock indexes hit records highs for the second straight day on Tuesday, with the Dow topping 19,000 points and the S&P 500 moving past 2,200 points for the first time ever as the Donald Trump-fueled rally continued..."


Article Source: fortune.com
#TrumpRally, #TeamTrump,

Friday, November 18, 2016

Trump picks Alabama lawmaker Jeff Sessions for attorney general

Article Title: Trump picks Alabama lawmaker Jeff Sessions for attorney general


Article Snip: "...United by their hardline stance against illegal immigration, Sessions helped Trump craft his campaign’s national security policy. His top policy adviser, Stephen Miller, also joined Trump’s campaign. Sessions was one of President Barack Obama’s fiercest opponents..."


Article Source: fox59.com
#TeamTrump,

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Buyer for Bellfonte Nuclear Plant: Will it bring quality jobs and competitive energy prices to the area?

Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Sold for $111 Million; Buyer Wants to Finish It

Article Title: Bellfonte Nuclear Plant


Article Snip: "...'Today marks the first step of an exciting new journey for the people of Alabama and Tennessee,” Haney said in a statement. 'The Bellefonte Nuclear Station will help transform communities across the region—many of which have been hit hard by the forced closure of coal power plants over the last decade. This project will bring new life to the region by creating thousands of jobs while providing assured access to reliable, affordable, zero-emission energy..."


Article Source:
Bellfonte Nuclear Plant, Babcock & Wilcox reactors, Nuclear Development LLC,

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Polaris impact on Alabama economy: $2 billion

Polaris impact on Alabama economy: $2 billion

Article Title: Polaris impact on Alabama economy: $2 billion


Article Snip: "...They came from Montgomery and Washington D.C. to throw bouquets at Polaris, heralding the formal grand opening of its new manufacturing plant in Huntsville as an economic windfall to the state..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Polaris Industries Inc., Alabama Economy",

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Drawing Amtrak to Huntsville would be a trip down the wrong track

Drawing Amtrak to Huntsville would be a trip down the wrong track

Article Title: Drawing Amtrak to Huntsville would be a trip down the wrong track


Article Snip: "...Huntsville development has long been plagued by the disease of "if only we could." Whether it was to have more restaurants or a parking lot for food trucks, no price has seemed too high in the quest to be a cosmopolitan beacon to the millennials who, according to the powers that be, are far more interested in a concert next to a brewery than a job. Enter Amtrak...."


Article Source: www.al.com
Amtrak,

Friday, September 30, 2016

Huntsville’s Academy for Science and Foreign Language earns National Blue Ribbon School honor

Huntsville’s Academy for Science and Foreign Language earns National Blue Ribbon School honor

Article Title: Huntsville’s Academy for Science and Foreign Language earns National Blue Ribbon School honor


Article Snip: "...The Academy for Science and Foreign Language is named a 2016 U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School, one of only five schools in Alabama to earn the recognition. School PTA leaders say it’s important to make a distinction between this and other Blue Ribbon awards given to schools...."


Article Source: whnt.com
Academy for Science and Foreign Language,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Company to install 1,000 miles of fiber for Huntsville Utilities

Company to install 1,000 miles of fiber for Huntsville Utilities

Article Title: Company to install 1,000 miles of fiber for Huntsville Utilities


Article Snip: "...Bear Communications secured a three-year exclusive contract to build the network for Huntsville Utilities. The public utility will use it for its own infrastructure, but the unused, dark fiber will eventually be leased for other purposes, including Google Fiber's plans to bring residential fiber-optic services starting in 2017..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
Fiber Internet, fiber-optic network (Huntsville), Google Fiber, Bear Communications, Huntsville Utilities, Infrastructure Improvements in Huntsville,

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Big Spring Environmental ranks as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Company by Inc. Magazine

Article Title: Big Spring Environmental ranks as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Company by Inc. Magazine


Article Snip: "...Big Spring Environmental has some major things to brag about. The company was ranked No. 1,243 on its 35th annual 5000 by Inc. magazine. The Inc. 500/5000 is a list of some of the fastest-growing private companies in the world..."


Article Source: whnt.com
Big Spring Environmental,

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Walmart hiring 95 associates for new Neighborhood Market in Huntsville

Article Title: Walmart hiring 95 associates for new Neighborhood Market in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...Any veteran who was honorably discharged from active duty since Memorial Day 2013 will receive a job offer from Walmart as a result of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Employment opportunities in Huntsville, Military Veteran News,

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

150 available jobs ready to be filled at Huntsville job fair

150 available jobs ready to be filled at Huntsville job fair

Article Title: 150 available jobs ready to be filled at Huntsville job fair


Article Snip: "...AFEEA Staffing of Madison is holding the job fair from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s Huntsville location, 305 Seminole Drive near the intersection of Governors Drive..."


Article Source: whnt.com


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Aerojet names Alabama campus home for defense operations

Article Title: Aerojet names Alabama campus home for defense operations


Article Snip: "...To a large extent, Aerojet (NYSE: ARJD) operates as a virtual company, with teams working together at various campus locations all the time, Mahone said. This move will streamline operations and accountability and remove layers of organization to reduce costs as the maker of rocket motors ..."


Article Source: www.bizjournals.com
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Rocket Shop,

Friday, June 24, 2016

Google Fiber has been approved and is coming to Huntsville

Google Fiber has been approved and is coming to Huntsville

Article Title: Google Fiber has been approved and is coming to Huntsville


Article Snip: "...The network will be built in sections, each of which passed the council. Fiber will run through an estimated one hundred and five thousand addresses. The city of Huntsville will get five dollars for every house..."

Article Source: www.waaytv.com
Google Fiber,

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Huntsville ranks high in bioscience industry rankings

Huntsville ranks high in bioscience industry rankings

Article Title: Huntsville ranks high in bioscience industry rankings


Article Snip: "...The Huntsville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranks eighth among medium markets in research, testing and medical laboratory employment concentration. The city employed 1,481 in 2014, and the study says the highly concentrated workforce makes Huntsville a specialized area in this field..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
Employment opportunities in Huntsville, pharmaceutical employment, Bioscience Employment,

Friday, May 27, 2016

Downtown Huntsville Inc. to give away micro-grant contest for Creative Placemaking projects downtown

Downtown Huntsville Inc. to give away micro-grant contest for Creative Placemaking projects downtown

Article Title: Downtown Huntsville Inc. to give away micro-grant contest for Creative Placemaking projects downtown


Article Snip: "...You name it, and Downtown Huntsville Inc. is looking for it. So what ideas do you have? Something cool to see? How about a cool promotion or event? "Just fun activities like that. $504 is not a ton of money, but it's enough to do something really interesting," said Emerson. Downtown Huntsville Inc. will start receiving submissions around the first of June..."


Article Source: whnt.com
www.downtownhuntsville.org,

Monday, May 23, 2016

Huntsville lands prestigious 2017 conference in Cummings Research Park

Huntsville lands prestigious 2017 conference in Cummings Research Park

Article Title: Huntsville lands prestigious 2017 conference in Cummings Research Park


Article Snip: "...The City of Huntsville announced today it will host the international conference for the first time in fall 2017. It's a major coup for Research Park, which is developing a master plan that will transform the technology hub in Huntsville..."


Article Source: www.aurp.net


Huntsville earns triple-A credit rating for eighth-straight year

Huntsville earns triple-A credit rating for eighth-straight year

Article Title: Huntsville earns triple-A credit rating for eighth-straight year


Article Snip: "...The triple-A rating is the highest a city can achieve, and is awarded to a minority of government entities in the nation. Less than six percent municipal and county governments across America receive the top ranking..."


Article Source: www.enewscourier.com


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Qualitest laying off hundreds of workers in Huntsville and North Carolina

Article Title: Qualitest laying off hundreds of workers in Huntsville and North Carolina


Article Snip: "...Qualitest, which joined Endo in 2010, will reduce its Huntsville workforce by more than 300 jobs as part of an "accelerated restructuring..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Qualitest, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Layoffs,

Friday, April 29, 2016

Huntsville is #1: Best Places for STEM Grads 2016

Huntsville is #1: Best Places for STEM Grads 2016

Article Title: Best Places for STEM Grads 2016


Article Snip: "...Huntsville, near the state’s northern border, has a lot to offer STEM grads. The city has the lowest median monthly rent in our top 10 ($718 a month in 2014) and boasts higher-than-average STEM salaries. Of the 330 cities we analyzed, the average STEM salary was $84,222; in Huntsville, it was $95,150. About 29,000 people work at Cummings Research Park, a science and technology hub that encompasses nearly 4,000 acres. Dozens of Fortune 500 companies have a presence at the research park, including AT&T, IBM and Comcast. Huntsville stands out in particular for its opportunities in aerospace and defense. The research park hosts the Boeing Co., United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. The Huntsville area is home to the Army’s massive Redstone Arsenal, which employs over 35,000 people, many in the science and engineering fields. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is located on the grounds of the Redstone Arsenal and is the area’s third-largest employer...."


Article Source: www.nerdwallet.com
STEM Grad Employment, Employment opportunities in Huntsville,

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Change to Correct Damage Done

Article Title: Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes


Article Snip: "...In the case of the Fifth District, which includes Huntsville and its space- and defense-related industries, as well as more industrial Florence along the Tennessee River, the move has been to the right..."


Article Source: www.nytimes.com
Chinese Trade, Politics,

Friday, April 15, 2016

10 of Huntsville's top tech employers in April

10 of Huntsville's top tech employers in April

Article Title: 10 of Huntsville's top tech employers in April


Article Snip: "...Defense contractor Raytheon focuses a significant portion of its Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal operations toward its production of the Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6. Positions Include: Senior Systems Engineer II, Industrial Security Specialist, Principal Systems Engineer10 of Huntsville's top tech employers in April..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Huntsville community speaks up about Huntsville City School issues

Article Title: The Huntsville community speaks up about Huntsville City School issues


Article Snip: "...“Black, white, pink or blue,” said one concerned citizen. “It should all be for their education and they cannot retain and learn if they are in a fearful environment.” One by one for 45 minutes straight, parents gave their testimony. Some of them involved physical assaults. “On three separate occasions he would incur head trauma..."


Article Source: whnt.com
Huntsville City Schools,

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Remington just had a court win that could be very big for Huntsville plant

Remington just had a court win that could be very big for Huntsville plant

Article Title: Remington just had a court win that could be very big for Huntsville plant


Article Snip: "...A federal court ruled in favor of Remington Arms Co. last week on a federal contracting appeal that could bring production of thousands of M4 military rifles to Remington's plant in Huntsville, Ala...."


Article Source: www.al.com
,

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Huntsville is growing ...the state's second largest metro area (Census)

Article Title: Huntsville, Daphne metros lead growth in Alabama in new Census reports


Article Snip: "...Huntsville and Baldwin County continue to expand rapidly, leading the growth across Alabama, while many of the state's older urban areas remain stagnant or shrinking. Huntsville added more than 4,000 people over that one-year span, most in the state, according to the estimates released last week. That pushed Huntsville – the state's second largest metro area -- to just under 445,000 residents..."

Article Source: www.al.com
Huntsville Census Data,

Monday, March 7, 2016

Governor Robert Bentley recognizes Huntsville business

Article Title: Governor Robert Bentley recognizes Huntsville business


Article Snip: "...GATR, which was recently acquired by Cubic Corporation, produces a line of portable, inflatable satellite antennas. These inflatables are marketed as easy to set up while at the same time being durable. The antenna system can even withstand gunfire..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
satellite antennas (portable, inflatable, withstand gunfire), Cubic Corporation, GATR,

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sierra Nevada Corporation Breaks Ground on Huntsville, Alabama Hangar

Sierra Nevada Corporation Breaks Ground on Huntsville, Alabama Hangar to Expand Key Customer Support

Article Title: Sierra Nevada Corporation Breaks Ground on Huntsville, Alabama Hangar to Expand Key Customer Support


Article Snip: "...Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) expanded its presence in Huntsville, Alabama yesterday, breaking ground on a new aircraft modification and upgrade facility at the Madison County Executive Airport..."


Article Source: www.benzinga.com
Madison County Executive Airport, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC),

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sperlings Best Places | Huntsville, Alabama Economy

As found on the web 2/20/2016

Article Title: Sperlings Best Places | Huntsville, Alabama Economy


Article Snip: "...The unemployment rate in Huntsville, Alabama, is 5.50%, with job growth of -1.44%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 31.60%..."


Article Source: www.bestplaces.net
"Huntsville, Alabama Economy"

Friday, February 19, 2016

Alabama reiterates it's a “right-to-work” state with anti-union amendment

Alabama reiterates it's a “right-to-work” state with anti-union amendment

Article Title: Alabama reiterates it's a “right-to-work” state with anti-union amendment


Alabama reemphasizes that Alabama is a 'Right-to-work' state through an amendment. Alabama legislators might as well say to corporations, "Come to Alabama, we are anti-union and anti-worker. Come to our state and open your business because we take care of the employer over the worker. You can hire and fire at will without having to fight those mean ol' unions that hurt our fantastic business."

On the surface, the misleading term 'Right-to-work' state would give the impression that it is good for the worker and a protection against forcing workers to join a union if they want a job. Unfortunately that is not the case. In essence, 'Right-to-work' is a means to kill-off unions. Simply put, if a job has a union in a 'Right-to-work' state, a union is forced by law to represent all employees equally, even if they choose not to be a member of the union. So what happens is a union must spend their time and money to represent employees that choose not to be in a union and to not pay their fair share of representation. Anyone that is a member of the union is paying union dues for representation. So why is this a problem? It is a problem because non-union members often use the union for representation they are not paying for. Since many corporations/businesses have their own legal staff to protect the employer it forces the union to spend untold hours and money to protect the employee from being abused or discriminated against.

So who cares? Maybe you are that 'loyal-to-the-employer, anti-union worker' that sucks-up to the boss and you get everything you want, to include undeserved promotions that other more qualified workers should have been provided. Or maybe it is time for layoffs and even though you are a sorry-a## worker and everyone else is pulling your load, you and the boss are friends, so you get to keep your job. So you say, "I don't need a union." ...or maybe you are a highly productive worker that always shows up for work, but suddenly you or a family member becomes ill. You think you are protected by FMLA, but the employer disapproves your FMLA application even though you legally qualify. So now you get fired because you are no longer an asset. So now, even though you are non-union, you go to the union for help. You are not paying your fair share for the litigation cost, but under 'Right-to-work' the union is forced to represent you free of charge and it cost a fortune to represent you. The union protects you and your job, but all the union members had to eat the expense of representation. Now you go back to bad-mouthing the union once you are well again. Think it doesn't happen? It does! Alabama sells this state to corporations through advertising it as a 'Right-to-work' state and giving outrageous tax breaks ...with your tax money while the state fights against raising the minimum wage raise. "In Alabama, a pre-emption effort introduced this month seeks to nullify a law passed last year by the Birmingham City Council for a citywide minimum wage of $10.10 an hour by mid-2017. If enacted, the state bill would also torpedo efforts to adopt local minimum wages in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa." Additionally, Alabama pays workers the lowest schedule rates for loss of limbs on the job because "States set their own fee schedule, and Alabama had the lowest rates for amputations, according to ProPublica. Reporters found two workers, one in Alabama and one in Georgia, who had lost arms in workplace accidents. The Alabama workers received just $45,000, compared to more than $700,000 for the Georgia worker." The aforementioned examples are just a few items that unions fight to improve. And it cost money for them to fight for it.

A 'Right-to-work' state helps the corporation/business while harming the worker.


Article Source: Huntsville Economic Development
'Right-to-work' state (Alabama)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

City of Huntsville exploring Research Park urban renewal

City of Huntsville exploring Research Park urban renewal

Article Title: City of Huntsville exploring Research Park urban renewal


Article Snip: "...A City of Huntsville spokesperson says this resolution could allow the city to make eastern portions of CRP its own special priority district. Developers will be able to work with the city to bring infrastructure improvements to the area..."

Article Source: www.waaytv.com
City of Huntsville, Research Park,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Remington exceeds hiring, wage milestones at new Alabama gun plant

Article Title: Remington exceeds hiring, wage milestones at new Alabama gun plant


Article Snip: "...firearm maker had 324 employees as of Aug. 31 with an average hourly wage nearly $10 higher than stated in the development agreement between the company, City of Huntsville and state. Remington was required to create at least 280 full-time positions by the close of the second project year ending Feb. 28..."


Article Source: www.al.com
sporting rifles, Bushmaster, DPMS, R1 1911 Pistol, RM380 Micro Pistol, AAC silencer, H&R shotgun, Remington Outdoor Company, Wages in Huntsville,