Monday, December 28, 2015

Polaris posts new positions

Article Title: Polaris posts new positions


Article Snip: "...Several jobs were recently posted through the Medina, Minnesota-based company's website and through the state's own Alabama Industrial Development Training agency, or AIDT. Those jobs include welders, robot programmer, laser programmer, laser technician, bender technician and kanban coordinator. Other positions..."


Article Source: www.enewscourier.com
Employment opportunities in Huntsville, Polaris Industries Inc.,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Large coupon mailer (Valpak) targets Huntsville due to economic growth

Valpak targets Huntsville market for brand expansion in 2016

Article Title: Valpak targets Huntsville market for brand expansion in 2016


Article Snip: "...A print and digital coupons company is seeking entrepreneurs to expand its brand in new franchise territories throughout north Alabama. Valpak ..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Valpak, USPS Huntsville Mail Processing & Distribution Facility, Huntsville Postmark,

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Huntsville projected to be Alabama’s largest city within 10 years

Huntsville projected to be Alabama’s largest city within 10 years

Article Title: Huntsville projected to be Alabama’s largest city within 10 years


Article Snip: "...Huntsville could soon pass Birmingham to become the largest city in Alabama..."


Article Source: whnt.com
Alabama’s largest city,

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What's ahead for Alabama's automotive sector?

Article Title: What's ahead for Alabama's automotive sector?


Article Snip: "...Toyota has expanded through the decades. "It’s hard to speculate overall, but for Toyota, we see a continued, bright future for us in Huntsville," Ogle said. "Our employment has grown from 300 to over 1,300..."


Article Source: www.bizjournals.com
automotive sector, Toyota’s engine plant in Huntsville,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

GE Aviation coming to Huntsville; will create 300 new jobs

GE Aviation coming to Huntsville; will create 300 new jobs

Article Title: GE Aviation coming to Huntsville; will create 300 new jobs


Article Snip: "...Construction of the two plants will begin around mid-2016, with full completion by the first half of 2018. Production begins in 2018 and GE has already begun hiring the technical team that will transfer to the Huntsville operation. GE expects to begin hiring the hourly workforce in late 2016 ..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
Governor Robert Bentley, GE Aviation, ceramic matrix composite components for jet engines and land-based gas turbines,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

How you can get in on Huntsville's 'Big Picture Master Plan'

Article Title: How you can get in on Huntsville's 'Big Picture Master Plan'


Article Snip: "...now inviting residents to give their input on two upcoming projects. “We began gathering data for the plan early last year,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “And that information set stage to dozens of public gatherings , guest lectures with national planning groups, economic development experts.” It's now a list of wants and needs from area residents..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
Big Picture Master Plan,

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Why the FBI needed to 'double its footprint' in high-tech Huntsville

Article Title: Why the FBI needed to 'double its footprint' in high-tech Huntsville


Article Snip: "...The enhanced FBI presence is further confirmation of the critical nature of the defense and space industry in the Rocket City while underscoring the fact that Huntsville, according to Stanton, is among the nation's foremost targets for adversaries looking to swipe that intelligence..."


Article Source: www.al.com
FBI and Huntsville, The Rocket City,

The buzz about Mars brings in more tourists to Huntsville

The buzz about Mars brings in more tourists to Huntsville

Article Title: The buzz about Mars brings in more tourists to Huntsville


Article Snip: "...The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is hosting various things throughout the next two weeks, promoting the journey to Mars. For more information, click here..."


Article Source: whnt.com
Mars and Huntsville

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Neighboring City of Madison Taking Care of Employees Thanks to Conservative Economic Values

Article Title: Madison city leaders introduce FY2016 budget


Article Snip: "...The extra cash flow does translate to a 1.5 percent cost of living increase, as well as a long-due step performance raise for city employees. “Last couple years when we were going through sequestration and government shutdown and all that, budgets were a little tight,” said Trulock. “Our employees deserved raises, but we just didn’t quite have the money, but this year we have it and it looks like next year we’ll have it as well.”..."


Article Source: whnt.com
FY2016 budget (City of Madison),

Friday, September 18, 2015

No lottery, but you can pay more for gas thanks to the Alabama House committee passing a 5 cent gas tax hike

Article Title: Alabama House committee passes 5 cent gas tax hike


Article Snip: "...The Alabama House Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure committee has passed a new bill that would raise the gas tax in the state by 5 cents per gallon, The Anniston Star reported. The bill would also automatically raise the gas tax by 2 cents in certain years based on the price of gas and other factors. The bill next heads to the full state House of Representatives for a vote..."


Article Source: www.equipmentworld.com
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One Alabama metro area does $6 billion in business with Washington every year

Article Title: One Alabama metro area does $6 billion in business with Washington every year


Article Snip: "...A new study shows federal spending in the Huntsville area now tops $6 billion a year or almost $31,000 per federal or contractor employee. That's one of the highest federal investments per job in the nation and a sign of the city's importance to Washington and Alabama and the risk to the Huntsville economy if defense spending decreases..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Defense Spending,

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Huntsville firefighters deserve wage parity with police: guest opinion

Article Title: Huntsville firefighters deserve wage parity with police: guest opinion


Article Snip: "...The term first responder is defined in U.S. Homeland Security Presidential Directive and reads as "those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment." Huntsville Fire & Rescue and Huntsville police are charged with that duty equally. But yet not all positions within both departments are paid equally. Within Huntsville Fire & Rescue and Huntsville police there is parity in four of the eight positions: chiefs, deputy chiefs, investigators, and communications personnel. The four positions that do not have parity are the "first-responder" positions, the men and women that you see when an emergency arises. ..."


Article Source: www.al.com
wage parity, Pay Rates for City Leaders (2015 Reference), Firefighter Pay (Huntsville Fire & Rescue), Huntsville Fire & Rescue, Huntsville Police Department (HPD),

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wing Ding 37 biker convention to bring estimated $4 million to Rocket City economy

Article Title: Bikers descend upon Huntsville with millions to spend

2016 Honda Gold Wing
2016 Honda Gold Wing

Article Snip: "...Thousands of bikers are in Huntsville this week for the Wing Ding 37 conference. Wednesday, they kicked off their week of festivities at the Space & Rocket Center..."

Article Source: www.waff.com
Wing Ding 37, Bikers are good for the economy, Gold Wing Riders Association,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Huntsville firefighters want equal pay as Huntsville police

Huntsville firefighters want equal pay as Huntsville police

Article Title: Huntsville firefighters want equal pay as Huntsville police


Article Snip: "..."When a firefighter is hired he or she receives $12.51 per hour,” Huntsville Firefighter Association President Stephen Jones said. “When a police officer is hired he or she receives $18.54 per hour." Mayor Tommy Battle said it's not that simple..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
Huntsville Fire & Rescue, Firefighter Pay (Huntsville Fire & Rescue), 'for-profit space explorers', Mayor Tommy Battle,

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TIF District 6 Approved

Article Title: Huntsville & partners approve new TIF district for development of Greenbrier area near Polaris


Article Snip: "...TIF stands for “tax increment financing,” and it works like this: The city wants to make improvements out in this area by the new Polaris plant. They can’t afford the upwards-of-fifty-million up front, so they issue bonds, basically borrowing money. All new property tax revenue inside the TIF district — from new development in the area — goes to paying that money back..."


Article Source: whnt.com
tax increment financing, TIF District 6,

13% Pay Raises? Hopefully Our Fire and Police Are Being Treated As Well

Article Title: See which Huntsville city government leaders are getting a 13 percent pay raise


Article Snip: "...Those jobs are all classified at Grade 23 – the top of the city government pay scale, with a previous salary range of $87,318 to $140,691. Effective Sept. 1, the new salary range will be $98,669 to $158,981 – an increase of 13 percent. Mayor Tommy Battle recommended the salary hikes..."


Article Source: www.al.com
city administrator; city attorney; urban development director; city clerk-treasurer; finance director; presiding municipal court judge; municipal court judge; Grade 23 (the top of the city government pay scale - Year 2015 Reference)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Huntsville hopes to create 7,100-acre taxing district in Limestone County

Article Title: Huntsville hopes to create 7,100-acre taxing district in Limestone County


Article Snip: "...“This is almost economic development in its purest form,” Yarbrough said. “Property taxes that are being paid right now to the county and school system will continue to be paid to the county and school system. Industry will be paying for its own infrastructure improvements.”..."


Article Source: www.decaturdaily.com
economic development,

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Long term plans for Huntsville to include trolley system and Saturday shuttle services

Article Title: Long term plans for Huntsville to include trolley system and Saturday shuttle services


Article Snip: "...With the city constantly growing, there are even talks to add a new form of public transportation. "Probably oriented more towards expansion of a trolley network or a street car network. Rail based networks are really really expensive and they demand a lot of density. Density that it would take us decades to achieve. Something more feasible is probably something like a rubber tire trolley," adds Dennis Madsen, manager of urban & long range planning...."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

4 reasons why Paris Air Show is crucial to Alabama's economy


4 reasons why Paris Air Show is crucial to Alabama's economy


Article Excerpt: "...Alabama is using its past in order to show today's business leaders why the state can be the home to the future of aerospace, and a strong presence could bring the state more jobs and an even greater world standing ..."


Reference: www.waaytv.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site

Article Title: Google building next data center at Alabama power plant site


Article Snip: "...Google is taking over an outdated power plant on a 350-acre site owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Stevenson about 60 miles northeast of Huntsville. The utility's board of directors decided to close the plant earlier this year after the Environmental Protection Agency drafted tighter financial and environmental regulations for coal-fired plants, according to TVA officials...."


Article Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
Google data center, TVA,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Huntsville to celebrate becoming a '100 Gig City'

Article Title: Huntsville to celebrate becoming a '100 Gig City'


Article Snip: "...Southern Light expressed an interest in providing residential fiber for the city, but businesses, wireless carriers and governments would be the likely initial consumers of this layout. The company would likely partner with an Internet service provider to provide residential services..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
fiber-optic network (Huntsville), 'Gig City' (Huntsville), Southern Light,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Veterans' off-the-grid lifestyle gets his trailer condemned by City of Huntsville

Veteran's off-the-grid trailer condemned by Huntsville

Article Title: Veteran's off-the-grid trailer condemned by Huntsville


Article Snip: "...Instead of being celebrated as a clean-energy trailblazer, Truitt is being taken to court by the city. ..."


Article Source: www.al.com
City of Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle, Off The Grid Living in Huntsville, Tyler truitt, Disrespect of Military Veterans in Huntsville Alabama,

Friday, June 5, 2015

Navy wants more Raytheon missiles completed at Redstone Arsenal

Navy wants more Raytheon missiles completed at Redstone Arsenal

Article Title: Navy wants more Raytheon missiles completed at Redstone Arsenal


Article Snip: "... an additional $149 million for 74 Standard Missile-6 all up rounds, spares containers and services..."


Article Source: Missile Defense Briefing
Redstone Arsenal, Raytheon, Missile Defense,

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Alabama wins 2015 'Silver' Shovel Award for achievement in attracting high value investment projects, creating jobs

2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana Awarded Silver Shovels - States with 3 to 5 Million Population

Article Title: 2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana Awarded Silver Shovels - States with 3 to 5 Million Population


Article Snip: "...Governor Robert Bentley is working on programs to boost career- and college-readiness in the state and to modernize incentives for job creation, while reducing Alabama’s reliance on borrowing for incentives..."


Article Source: www.areadevelopment.com
high value investment projects, Jobs, borrowing for incentives, 2015 'Silver' Shovel Award,

Monday, June 1, 2015

Official: 42 businesses in talks to move to Huntsville

Official: 42 businesses in talks to move to Huntsville

Article Title: Official: 42 businesses in talks to move to Huntsville


Article Snip: "...City of Huntsville Business Relations Officer Harrison Diamond said the city is in discussions with 42 different business to move or relocate to the area. He wouldn't comment on specifics but said the advanced manufacturing sector is still a major target area for the city..."


Article Source: www.wtvm.com
Harrison Diamond, Huntsville Business Relations Officer, Business growth in Huntsville

Thursday, May 28, 2015

City of Huntsville close to first fiber internet agreement since starting push for city-wide fiber

City of Huntsville close to first fiber internet agreement since starting push for city-wide fiber

Article Title: City of Huntsville close to first fiber internet agreement since starting push for city-wide fiber


Article Snip: "...City of Huntsville Business Relations Officer Harrison Diamond explains that it is a basic franchise agreement that lets Southern Light do business in the city and sets ground rules for the city’s right-of-ways. Diamond adds, “We issue out these franchise agreements fairly regularly.”..."


Article Source: whnt.com
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mayors from all over Alabama converge upon Huntsville to share economic development strategies

Alabama mayors meet in Huntsville to share economic development strategies

Article Title: Alabama mayors meet in Huntsville to share economic development strategies


Article Snip: "...Maddox glows, “A few months ago when we were thinking about, ‘Where should we go to discuss economic development,’ the obvious and clear choice was Huntsville.’ ” Battle elaborates on the purpose of this particular gathering, “It is all about jobs and how we could set up a standard of living that is a very good standard of living for each of our communities.”..."


Article Source: whnt.com
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services gave Huntsville high marks for its economic base, municipal management practices

Wall Street praises Huntsville's economy, money management

Article Title: Wall Street praises Huntsville's economy, money management


Article Snip: "...According to a city news release, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services gave high Huntsville high marks for its "economic base and municipal management practices." Just 182 out of 2,960 cities nationwide, or 6.1 percent, have earned Moody's Aaa credit rating...."


Article Source: www.al.com


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Councilman Showers takes business owners on tour through north Huntsville

Article Title: Councilman takes business owners on tour through north Huntsville


Article Snip: "...“The whole idea of this tour today, this 2015 bus tour, is to show the positive side of north Huntsville,” said Showers..."


Article Source: whnt.com
north Huntsville, Councilman Showers,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Genome Sequencing Pioneer Joins HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in the Rocket City

Pioneer in genome sequencing joining Huntsville research institute

Article Title: Pioneer in genome sequencing joining Huntsville research institute


Article Snip: "...HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, a nonprofit research institute focusing on research-driven discovery, education, and economic development to improve human health, Thursday announced the appointment of renowned clinical genomics expert Howard Jacob, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President for Medical Genomics and Chief Medical Genomics Officer..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, "Howard Jacob, Ph.D."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Business Report: Alabama – Polaris Industries Bringing 2,000 Jobs To Huntsville,br>

Article Title: Business Report: Alabama – Polaris Industries Bringing 2,000 Jobs To Huntsville


Article Snip: "...Polaris’ announcement comes almost exactly a year after Remington Outdoor Co., the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturer, unveiled plans to build a $110 million factory in Huntsville that will eventually employ more than 2,000 people. Huntsville has scored other notable economic successes lately, including a Boeing technology research center with 350 jobs announced in 2013..."


Article Source: businessfacilities.com
Polaris Industries Inc., Employment opportunities in Huntsville, Jobs, Huntsville Economic Development,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Torch Technologies will create 150 new jobs

Torch Technologies to expand south Huntsville campus, create 150 new jobs

Article Title: Torch Technologies to expand south Huntsville campus, create 150 new jobs


Article Snip: "...Torch Technologies will create 150 new jobs for the Tennessee Valley as part of its expansion project. Torch executives broke ground for..."


Article Source: whnt.com
Torch Technologies, Jobs, Employment,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Firefly enters Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA facilities in Houston and Huntsville, AL

Austin Chamber, UT Target Space Startups as the Next Frontier

Article Title: Austin Chamber, UT Target Space Startups as the Next Frontier


Article Snip: "...In January, Firefly said it had entered into an agreement with NASA facilities in Houston and Huntsville, AL, to work together in the development of the company’s “Alpha” launch vehicle. ..."

Article Source: www.xconomy.com
Firefly, NASA, “Alpha” launch vehicle, Space Act Agreement (SAA), George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC),

Grissom High School "CyberSloths" makes Cyberpatriot VII Open Division National Finalists

Article Title: CyberPatriot Reveals Top 28 Teams Advancing to National Finals Competition


Article Snip: "...The thirteen Open Division, twelve All Service Division and three Middle School Division National Finalist teams advanced through extremely competitive online qualifying rounds to earn the distinction of being Nation al Finalists . They represent schools and other organizations from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Manitoba, Canada. ..."


Article Source: amazonaws.com
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Alabama A&M no longer 2nd on "Dangerous Campus" list

AAMU no longer on "Dangerous Campus" list

Article Title: AAMU no longer on "Dangerous Campus" list, now Oakwood University added


Article Snip: "...A website that listed Alabama A&M as one of the most dangerous campuses in the nation, is retracting that, but the new list includes Oakwood University. ..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Alabama A&M ranks 2nd in list of most dangerous campuses

AL A&M ranks 2nd in list of most dangerous campuses

Article Title: AL A&M ranks 2nd in list of most dangerous campuses


Article Snip: "...An article from AOL citing data by the Office of Postsecondary Education Campus Safety and Security ranks Alabama A&M second in a list of the 25 "most dangerous college campuses in America." Click here for the full article. ..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
Most Dangerous Campuses,

More Reading: Alabama A&M University disputes the aforementioned report: AAMU President Responds to Campus Safety Report in Open Letter


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sessions: American IT workers are being replaced with H-1B Visa guest workers

Sessions calls claims of a highly skill labor shortage a 'hoax'

Article Title: Sessions calls claims of a highly skill labor shortage a 'hoax'


Article Snip: "...Sessions, late Thursday, issued a statement about his new role as immigration subcommittee chairman, and said the committee "will give voice to those whose voice has been shut out,” and that includes “the voice of the American IT workers who are being replaced with guest workers."..."


Article Source: www.computerworld.com
Sen. Jeff Sessions, H-1B Visa,

Friday, February 6, 2015

Political Priorities for Alabama Politicians: Keystone XL Pipeline Act bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Senate votes in favor of Keystone Pipeline

Article Title: Senate votes in favor of Keystone Pipeline


Article Snip: "...U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) issued a statement hailing the passage of the bill, which now goes to the White House. "Senate Republicans told the American people that our new majority would focus on policies that get Washington out of the way..."


Article Source: roller-cone-bits.blogspot.com
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Senator Shelby (R-AL), Keystone XL Pipeline Act,

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rey Almodóvar is new Chamber chairman

Huntsville Chamber kicks off 2015 with new chairman, outstanding volunteer awards

Article Title: Huntsville Chamber kicks off 2015 with new chairman, outstanding volunteer awards


Article Snip: "..."They fully funded my education and truly understood the meaning of economic development," said Almodóvar, who moved to the U.S. about 30 years ago. "They figured, 'If we raise him right and invest in his education, one day, maybe, he will become a productive and contributing member of our society.'"..."


Article Source: www.al.com
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Friday, January 9, 2015

The Rocket City lands Polaris; $142 million project will be operational by 2017

Article Title: Huntsville lands Polaris; $142 million project will be operational by 2017


Article Snip: "... Minnesota-based Polaris Industries Inc. has selected Huntsville-annexed Limestone County as the site of its newest advanced manufacturing campus that will employ up to 2,000 workers in the production of off-road vehicles. ..."


Article Source: www.enewscourier.com
annexed Limestone County, Polaris Industries Inc., Employment opportunities in Huntsville,