Monday, December 29, 2014

Huntsville is one of the top 30 fastest growing metro cities in the country

Home prices expected to rise in 2015 throughout the Tennessee Valley

Article Title: Home prices expected to rise in 2015 throughout the Tennessee Valley


Article Snip: "...According to the 2014 U.S. Census, Huntsville is one of the top 30 fastest growing metro cities in the country. That stat is reflected in the local job market, with companies that are either expanding or relocating to the Tennessee Valley. With more jobs, comes more people and those people need somewhere to live...."


Article Source: whnt.com
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Boeing adds 7,000 square feet of lab space to research center; construction will be complete in mid-2015

Boeing Begins Construction of Simulation and Analytics Lab Space in Huntsville

Article Title: Boeing Begins Construction of Simulation and Analytics Lab Space in Huntsville


Article Snip: "..."The growth in BR&T-Alabama shows that Huntsville is a leader in technological advancement," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "Advanced analytics skills are needed to create the next-generation capabilities in aerospace. With up to 300 jobs opening up over the next two years, Boeing is capitalizing on the talent, ability and incredibly educated workforce we have in Huntsville, further demonstrating why Huntsville is a great destination for talented engineers and technicians." ..."


Article Source: www.sys-con.com
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boeing to layoff some Huntsville employees connected to the Space Launch System (SLS) project

Boeing announces impending layoffs at Huntsville facility

Article Title: Boeing announces impending layoffs at Huntsville facility


Article Snip: "...HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Layoff notices will be going out to employees of one of Huntsville's largest employers in 48 hours. Boeing company officials confirmed Wednesday they will send out 60-day notices to impacted employees on Friday...."


Article Source: www.waff.com
Boeing,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Why is Huntsville's mail delivery about to slow down next year?

Potential U.S. Postal Service changes could result in mail arriving later in Huntsville, protestors say

Article Title: Potential U.S. Postal Service changes could result in mail arriving later in Huntsville, protestors say


Article Snip: "...Not only will mail be delivered later in the day, Thomas said it will take longer than normal to arrive. "First-class mail is going to be downgraded to two- to three-days service standard if they vote that in Jan. 5," he said. "If they do, we're scheduled on Jan. 18 to send all our mail to Birmingham."..."


Article Source: www.al.com
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Monday, October 20, 2014

In spite of Alabama's anti-union politicians, Mercedes Benz identifies the value of unions

Mercedes-Benz workers form new union local in Alabama

Article Title: Mercedes-Benz workers form new union local in Alabama

UAW Local 312
UAW Local 312

Article Snip: "...The MBUSI plant in Tuscaloosa County is the only Daimler plant in the world that does not currently offer employee representation. Organized by MBUSI employees, UAW Local 112 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace that aligns with Daimler AG's global commitment to the German principle of "co-determination" between management and employees. UAW Local 112 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join...."

Article Source: www.peoplesworld.org
MBUSI assembly plant in Vance Ala., UAW, Right to Work State, Alabama unionizes, Daimler AG, IG Metall, Sen. Richard Shelby, UAW Local 112, Mercedes Benz, Sen. Jeff Sessions,

Monday, October 6, 2014

In spite of sinkholes, Madison interchange project is ahead of schedule

New Interchange to Boost Huntsville Area Economy

Article Title: New Interchange to Boost Huntsville Area Economy


Article Snip: "...crews are busy constructing a new interchange near Huntsville that could be a major economic boost for the area. When completed, the project will provide motorists full access to and from I-565 to Madison Boulevard and County Line Road...."


Article Source: www.constructionequipmentguide.com
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

INTUITIVE is a Four Time, Double Winner at the 2014 Best Places to Work

INTUITIVE is a Four Time, Double Winner at the 2014 Best Places to Work

Article Title: INTUITIVE is a Four Time, Double Winner at the 2014 Best Places to Work


Intuitive
Intuitive
Article Snip: "...“We are incredibly honored to receive this award again this year,” said Mr. Almodóvar. “We believe that in order to provide outstanding service to our customers, we must create an atmosphere where employees are truly happy and excited about where they work and what they do. Being recognized for these awards is especially rewarding because it takes into account what our employees have to say about INTUITIVE.” Mr. Almodóvar added, “Consistently having an employee recognized as Most Valuable Employee speaks volumes towards the integrity of our people.” INTUITIVE has been the only company to receive this award for the seventh year in a row,..."

Article Source: www.irtc-hq.com
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne opening a rocket propulsion development office in Huntsville

Aerojet Rocketdyne opens new rocket engine development office in Huntsville

Article Title: Aerojet Rocketdyne opens new rocket engine development office in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...Aerojet Rocketdyne said Tuesday it is opening a rocket propulsion development office in Huntsville aimed at delivering a new rocket engine to replace a popular Russian engine now vulnerable to international tension...."


Article Source: www.al.com
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Huntsville-area group striving for Google XPRIZE jackpot and to create a new business model for private space exploration

Huntsville-area team fighting to land on moon, win Google XPRIZE jackpot

Article Title: Huntsville-area team fighting to land on moon, win Google XPRIZE jackpot


Article Snip: "...Pickens first joined the contest as leader of the Rocket City Space Pioneers. That team eventually merged with Silicon Valley’s Moon Express but kept and expanded operations in the Huntsville area...."


Article Source: whnt.com
Moon Express, private space exploration, ,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Huntsville employees most engaged in nation, according to new survey

Article Title: Huntsville employees most engaged in nation, according to new survey


Article Snip: "...An organization called Quantum Workplace found that more than 77% of employees in Huntsville are going above and beyond at work, because they like where they are. They’re also more likely to stay...."


Article Source: whnt.com
Huntsville Workforce,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Science and Engineering Services LLC (SES) expects to add 450 jobs in Huntsville

SES to create 450 jobs with expansion of Huntsville Manufacturing Operations

Article Title: SES to create 450 jobs with expansion of Huntsville Manufacturing Operations


Article Snip: "...announced Science and Engineering Services LLC (SES) expects to add 450 jobs in Huntsville over the next five years as part of a nearly $70 million expansion of its Alabama manufacturing operations...."


Article Source: www.dothanfirst.com
Science and Engineering Services LLC (SES),

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC)

Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC)

Article Title: Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC)


Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC)
Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC)
Article Snip: "...The WEDC is a group of women business professionals who provide opportunities to women for leadership and economic development through education, mentoring and networking. The WEDC exists to strengthen the position of women in business and the community...."

Article Source: www.wedc-online.net
Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC),

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Huntsville Growth: the greater Huntsville metro added the most people

Which is Alabama's fastest growing metro?

Article Title: Which is Alabama's fastest growing metro?


Article Snip: "...Across the state, the greater Huntsville metro added the most people, counting about 16,300 new residents since 2010. The Daphne metro was second...."


Article Source: al.com
growth,

Monday, May 5, 2014

Huntsville has strong ties with Government's top defense contractors

Government's top 5 contractors all defense firms with strong Alabama ties

Article Title: Government's top 5 contractors all defense firms with strong Alabama ties


Article Snip: "...The top five are rounded out by General Dynamics ($14 billion); Raytheon ($13.7 billion) and Northrop Grumman ($10.8 billion). All have facilities in Alabama ranging from working with the Littoral Combat Ship in Mobile for General Dynamics to a missile integration and testing facility in Huntsville for Raytheon...."


Article Source: www.al.com
Huntsville defense contractors ,

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Rocket City should trump new California law that gives tax breaks to 'for-profit space explorers'

New California law gives tax break to for-profit space explorers

Article Title: New California law gives tax break to for-profit space explorers


Article Snip: "...The move is part of a broader effort by lawmakers to revitalize California's flagging aerospace sector, once among the largest in the United States and key to the state's economy...."

Article Source: www.reuters.com
, 'for-profit space explorers', The Economics of Rocket Science, Industry Tax Breaks,

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Constellation Development: Mixed-Use Development Planned for the Rocket City

The Constellation Development

Article Title: Mixed-Use Development Planned for Downtown Huntsville


Article Snip: "...The Constellation Development will sit at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Memorial Parkway. The $178 million project will bring..."


Article Source: www.fox54.com
Constellation Development, Clinton Avenue, Memorial Parkway, Huntsville Economic Development,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rocket City's Mayor Battle Suggest Huntsville, Madison Should Prepare Websites, Communications for Next BRAC

Mayor Tommy Battle urges Huntsville, Madison to get websites, communications ready for next BRAC

Article Title: Mayor Tommy Battle urges Huntsville, Madison to get websites, communications ready for next BRAC


Past Alabama BRAC Closures
Article Snip: "...Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle suggested both cities start ramping up their websites and similar tools in preparation of another round of military base realignment jobs potentially coming to Redstone Arsenal in 2017. ..."

Article Source: blog.al.com
BRAC
More Reading: 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

'AUSA Winter' Symposium Brought Thousands (over 4500) to the Rocket City

Symposium brings thousands to the Rocket City

Article Title: Symposium brings thousands to the Rocket City


AUSA Symposium - Huntsville
AUSA Winter 2014
Article Snip: "...This is the first year Huntsville has hosted the event and they're using every last one of the event spaces at the Von Braun Civic Center. "We have just learned that they have had over 4,500 attendees..."

Article Source: www.waaytv.com
'AUSA Winter' Symposium, U.S. Army,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Current Huntsville Employment Opportunities With Remington

Current Huntsville Employment Opportunities With Remington

Article Title: 20 positions available for planned Remington plant in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...They are posted on the company’s website at https://careers-remington.icims.com. The North Carolina-based gun manufacturer is partnering with Alabama Industrial Development Training to screen workers and provide job training. The AIDT website is http://www.aidt.edu...."


Article Source: www.enewscourier.com
Employment opportunities in Huntsville, Remington Outdoor Company,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Huntsville: City identity lost with disappearance of postmark, but a strong and growing federal employee population

Madison County has a contingent of 32,872 federal employees, postal employees and federal/postal retirees (2009 Census)

Huntsville, which is located within Madison County, is in Alabama's Fifth Congressional District. Huntsville is a growing city with a large federal employee population. Even though the city lost its official identity with the loss of its postmark it continues to shine as an economic star.

Madison County has the largest population of federal employees, postal employees and federal/postal retirees in the entire state. Madison County (*Fifth Congressional District) has a contingent of 32,872 federal employees , postal employees and federal/postal retirees. This number has grown exponentially since the 2009 census with major government entities/commands moving to the area over the past several years. This population count does not include the civilian workforce and defense contractors that support the federal workforce. The Rocket City primarily thrives and exist based on a population supported by the defense and space industries. Huntsville is home to Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Huntsville at one time had a large Huntsville Postal Service Mail Processing & Distribution Facility that housed a large population of postal workers. Unfortunately, with little support from Alabama congressmen and Huntsville city leaders, Huntsville actually lost its postmark, identity and more than half its mail handlers to the Birmingham Mail Facility. As you may note, your mail has been slowed and is now postmarked in Birmingham. In fact, if it were not for the U.S. Postal Service postponing mail processing facility closures and consolidations, the entire mail processing facility on Wall Triana would have closed in 2014. The loss of Huntsville's postmark and subsequent official postal identity remains a scar upon a city that boast large economic development. On a positive note the loss of the historic Huntsville postmark made it a collectors item among postmark collectors.

Huntsville, Alabama is known as the Rocket City.


Source: Huntsville Economic Development

Friday, March 7, 2014

Director of Economic Development Appointed as city’s new Director of Planning

Michelle Gilliam Jordan Named Director of Planning for City of Huntsville

Article Title: Michelle Gilliam Jordan Named Director of Planning for City of Huntsville


Michelle Gilliam Jordan
Michelle Gilliam Jordan
Article Snip: "...HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle announced the appointment of Michelle Gilliam Jordan as the city’s new Director of Planning ..."

Article Source: whnt.com
Director of Economic Development, Director of Planning, Michelle Gilliam Jordan,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

This is 'only the beginning' of Huntsville growth, says Mayor Tommy Battle

Article Title: Mayor says recent Huntsville growth 'only the beginning'


Article Snip: "..."We've been known as an engineering town, a rocket scientist town, a town full of engineers and PhDs. We also have a very good segment that is advance manufacturing, high-tech production," Battle said. The mayor said not going through middlemen and having direct contact with neighboring city leaders has helped in attracting new business, including Remington. Battle said Limestone County and the City of Athens pitched in an extra $1 million to help Huntsville attract the arms manufacturer...."

Article Source: www.waff.com
Huntsville Mayor, Mayor Tommy Battle,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic Will Serve 13,000 Patients

New Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic Will Serve 13,000 Patients

Article Title: New Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic Will Serve 13,000 Patients


Article Snip: "...HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - A brand new 47,800 square foot VA Clinic is coming to Huntsville..."

Article Source: Military Veteran News
Military Veteran News, Huntsville VA Clinic,

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Regions Bank committed to serving as the economic development bank of Alabama

Regions Bank loaned $1.3 billion for Alabama economic development in 2013, boosting program to $1.5 billion in 2014

Article Title: Regions Bank loaned $1.3 billion for Alabama economic development in 2013, boosting program to $1.5 billion in 2014


Article Snip: "...“The Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool reflects Regions’ commitment to serving as the economic development bank of Alabama,” said John Turner, South Region president for Regions Bank. ..."


Article Source: www.al.com
economic development bank of Alabama, Regions Bank,

Friday, February 28, 2014

400,000-square-foot shopping center coming to Jones Valley

Huntsville gives green light to large, high-end shopping center in Jones Valley

Article Title: Huntsville gives green light to large, high-end shopping center in Jones Valley


Article Snip: "...Raymond Jones Jr. and several relatives intend to build a 400,000-square-foot shopping center at the northwest corner of Carl T. Jones Drive and Ledges Drive, directly across from the Target-anchored Valley Bend at Jones Farm...."

Article Source: www.al.com
Raymond Jones Jr., Jones Farm, Carl T. Jones Drive and Ledges Drive, Jones Valley Shopping,

Monday, February 17, 2014

Remington Outdoor Company Announces Expansion to Huntsville

Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) will expand to the old Chrysler building in Huntsville

Article Title: Remington Outdoor Company Announces Expansion to Huntsville


Press Release:
HUNTSVILLE, AL — Governor Robert Bentley on Monday announced Alabama has recruited the country’s oldest firearms manufacturer to Alabama. Remington Outdoor Company (ROC) will expand to the old Chrysler building in Huntsville, and create more than 2,000 new jobs within the next ten years. Governor Bentley joined Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides and other state and local leaders for the official announcement. “I am honored to welcome Remington to Alabama,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “The Alabama workforce, our business climate and our quality of life continue to make Alabama extremely attractive to companies. Remington will soon experience the same type of success that other companies in Alabama have already experienced. Today’s announcement will create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville, and reflects a statewide capital investment of $110 million. Our relationship with Remington is just beginning, and I look forward to a continued partnership with the company.” “With the acquisition of this facility, we plan to create more than 2,000 jobs in Huntsville over the next decade,” said George Kollitides, Chairman and CEO, Remington Outdoor Company. “This additional capacity is essential to fulfill demand and introduce new products. Having watched our Company grow from 2,400 employees in 2008 to 4,200 employees by the end of 2013, a five year, 75 percent increase, it is easy to see why we’re investing now.” In 2013, ROC made significant strides including its ammunition facility expansion, firearm capacity growth, winning a multitude of highly competitive military and law enforcement contracts, launching its 1816 lifestyle brand, and introducing a series of exciting new products such as Ultimate Defense Handgun Ammunition and the 783 bolt action rifle. Bolstered by record sales, the company chose to expand operations to Alabama. “2013 was an outstanding year during which we grew by every key measure,” continued Kollitides. “We are capitalizing on this momentum by strengthening our positions across the board. With demand for our products at an historic high and more new product launches planned for 2014 than ever before in our 200-year history, we are investing in the future.” Last year, ROC modernized its production facilities, re-focused its research and development on customer requirements, and ensured consistent, high-quality manufacturing. Together, these advancements demonstrate a commitment to meeting customer demand. The Huntsville expansion provides for future needed capacity to support existing product demand and a robust new product pipeline. ROC has 19 locations in the United States, and Huntsville and Madison County officials praised the company’s decision to expand to Huntsville. “With news of this Remington facility expansion, we have yet another example of Huntsville fulfilling its economic development promise,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. “Our workforce is among the best and brightest in the nation, and they deserve challenging career opportunities, along with the high quality of life Huntsville provides. We are thrilled to welcome Remington to our city and region.” “Our pro-business environment, along with the region’s extensive manufacturing experience, helped us outmaneuver two dozen other states looking to attract Remington,” Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said. “This announcement represents new diversity to our local economy, and will provide an array of opportunities for skilled tradesmen, engineers and support personnel.” Following facility upgrades, ROC is expected to begin operations in Alabama within the next 18 months.


Article Source: www.remington.com
Remington Outdoor Company,

Friday, January 24, 2014

GE to expand Huntsville Plant

50 New Jobs Coming to Huntsville GE Plant

Article Title: 50 New Jobs Coming to Huntsville GE Plant


Article Snip: "...GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the expansion of its facility in Huntsville is opening of a new building...."


Article Source: whnt.com
GE Plant Expansion,

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program approved by the City Council

Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program approved by the City Council

Article Title: The Arts Council: Huntsville's $100,000 in city-funded arts grants good return on investment


Huntsville Art CouncilArticle Snip: "...Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle discusses the city's support of arts programs at a reception at the Von Braun Center Playhouse for 17 organizations receiving a total of $100,000 in city-funded grants Jan. 15, 2014...."

Article Source: al.com
Arts Council, Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program, Art, City Council,

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Huntsville - Images of America

Huntsville - Images of America

Article Title: Huntsville (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))Huntsville (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))


Article Snip: "...Huntsville has served as the unofficial capital of north Alabama since the early 19th century. Settled by John Hunt and developed by ambitious cotton planters, enterprising merchants and professionals, and thousands of families looking for new opportunities in the rich farmland, Huntsville has continued to grow and prosper as 21st-century corporations and government agencies develop new technologies that make the city the center of space and defense-related industries in the South. The city has endured military occupation, storms, financial panics, and the constant threat of economic and social stagnation that occurred in so many communities across the South. Yet Huntsville continued to redefine itself and remain relevant in regional, national, and international affairs. This positive spirit makes..."

Article Source: Amazon.com
Huntsville (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing),

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Huntsville Mayor Says He Will Not Run for Governor

Moving Alabama Forward…

Article Title: Moving Alabama Forward…


Mayor Tommy Battle
Mayor Tommy Battle
Article Snip: "... we have reduced costs in the past five years without impacting services. In validation of our hard work, the City earned its fifth Triple A credit rating in a row. To be Mayor of Huntsville is a dream job, and I do not believe there are greener pastures elsewhere...."

Article Source: www.tommybattle.com
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Five Questions Relating to Huntsville Economic Development Answered by Visiting Professor

5 questions about Huntsville business with John Whitman, visiting professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at UAH

Article Title: 5 questions about Huntsville business with John Whitman, visiting professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at UAH


Click to read more about John Whitman
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Article Snip: "...One of the local groups Whitman is starting up is Huntsville Open Tech Coffee, a volunteer organization engaged in innovation that works to accelerate high-tech startups and build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Madison County. ..."

Article Source: www.al.com
Meta Tags: John Whitman, UAH, Huntsville Open Tech Coffee, entrepreneurial ecosystem, accelerate high-tech startups,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Huntsville's Toyota Engine Plant Undergoing $150 million expansion project

Alabama auto production sets record in 2013, with more gains expected

Article Title: Alabama auto production sets record in 2013, with more gains expected


Article Snip: "...In Huntsville, Toyota’s engine plant is undergoing a $150 million expansion project to boost machining capacity and parts production for V-6 engines...."


Article Source: www.madeinalabama.com
Toyota’s engine plant in Huntsville,