Saturday, December 8, 2018

Huntsville Mayor talks city growth, development at State of the City address

Article Title: Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle talks city growth, development at packed State of the City address


Article Snip: "...Huntsville’s metro population is continuing to grow rapidly, which Battle said makes it the fastest-growing population in Alabama. Beyond that, metro Huntsville’s growth rate exceeds the national average. Recently, Huntsville jumped one spot to become the third-largest city in Alabama, and many are projecting the city to become the largest in the state over time. “Many are talking about us being the biggest city in the state, and let me tell you, I would rather be the best city..."


Article Source: www.themadisonrecord.com
State of the City address 2018, Mayor Tommy Battle,

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Discover Where Corporations are Getting Taxpayer Assistance Across the United States

Article Title: The Subsidy Tracker site was programmed by Rich Puchalsky of Grassroots Connection


Article Snip: "...SUBSIDY TRACKER is the first national search engine for economic development subsidies and other forms of government financial assistance to business..."


Article Source: www.goodjobsfirst.org
subsidy tracker at www.goodjobsfirst.org, Corporate Welfare, Economic Development Subsidies, Subsidies,

Is the economic payoff worth the huge subsidies used to lure companies to a city/state?

Data centers for Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and others have secured huge tax breaks but created few jobs.

Article Title: US cities and states give big tech $9.3bn in subsidies in five years


Article Snip: "...States and cities argue the tax breaks are necessary to attract the high-paying jobs that technology companies provide. But the list of the biggest giveaways so far shows that the handouts rarely result in significant job creation – and the jobs that are created come with a high price tag..."


Article Source: www.theguardian.com
Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 77 (GASB 77), subsidy tracker at www.goodjobsfirst.org,
Good Jobs First shows that the size of individual handouts appears to be growing.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Mazda, Toyota breaks ground on new facility in Huntsville

Article Title: Mazda, Toyota breaks ground on new facility in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...Work was halted at the construction site during the summer of 2018 to ensure that the spring pygmy sunfish, a threatened species of fish..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
spring pygmy sunfish, Toyota and Mazda Auto Plant in Huntsville,

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Remington gets extension on job quotas for Alabama plant

Article Title: Remington gets extension on meeting job quotas for Alabama plant


Article Snip: "...A prominent firearms manufacturer has received an extension on meeting job quotas for its plant in the Rocket City. The Huntsville City Council is giving Remington Outdoor Co. until 2022...agreed to hire 680 employees by 2017. The company has only hired 450..."


Article Source: www.bizjournals.com
incentives, borrowing for incentives, Job Quotas, Huntsville City Council,

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Huntsville company to break ground on first phase of major Alabama development

Article Title: Huntsville company to break ground on first phase of major Alabama development


Article Snip: "...will begin work on The Camp at MidCity Huntsville located at 5901 University Drive. The first phase of retail development, which encompasses about 220,000 square feet, is expected to open in summer 2019. MidCity Huntsville includes ..."


Article Source: www.bizjournals.com
MidCity (Huntsville), Rascal Flatt’s, Wahlburger’s,

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Huntsville makes top ten in ‘Tech Town’ study

Article Title: Huntsville makes top ten in ‘Tech Town’ study


Article Snip: "...CompTIA, an information technology association and provider of IT certifications, places Huntsville 10th among the nation’s “Tech Towns.” This is based on data on tech job openings, median salaries and cost of living..."


Article Source: www.al.com
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Blue Origin BE-4 engine will be manufactured in the Rocket City

Article Title: The BE-4 engine will be manufactured in the Rocket City


Article Snip: "...Blue Origin is expected to announce plans to build a rocket engine plant in Huntsville after landing a contract with the United Launch Alliance. The Blue Origin BE-4 engine will be used to power the new Vulcan rocket..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
Blue Origin, BE-4 rocket engine, Vulcan rocket, United Launch Alliance (ULA), Jeff Bezos,

Friday, September 21, 2018

Auto supplier Mitchell Plastics expanding in Huntsville, Alabama

Article Title:


Article Snip: "...Automotive interior parts supplier Mitchell Plastics Ltd. is expanding its Huntsville, Ala., facility with an estimated 130,000-square-foot addition. The expanded facility will..."


Article Source: www.plasticsnews.com
Mitchell Plastics Ltd.,

Thursday, September 20, 2018

HudsonAlpha holds grand opening for Paul Propst Center in Huntsville

Article Title: HudsonAlpha holds grand opening for Paul Propst Center in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology officially opened the Paul Propst Center in Huntsville today. The newest addition to the biotech campus is a 105,000-square-foot, two-story building that aims to promote research, education and economic development..."


Article Source: alabamanewscenter.com
Paul Propst Center, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville Economic Development,

Monday, September 3, 2018

Huntsville homes selling 21 days faster on average compared to one year ago

Article Title: Huntsville homes selling 21 days faster on average compared to one year ago


Article Snip: "...According to ValleyMLS.com , Huntsville-area sales totaled 753 units during July, up 19.5 percent from 630 sales in the same month a year earlier..."


Article Source: www.alabamanewscenter.com
Real Estate, Home sales, Huntsville Home Market,

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Alabama's Pit Bull motorcycle stands sold worldwide

Article Title: Alabama's Pit Bull motorcycle stands sold worldwide


Pit Bull Products Inc.
Pit Bull Products Inc.
Article Snip: "...They were so popular that he started his own company in 1994. Through trade shows, trackside vendor sales and reviews in motorcycle magazines the word began to spread. Huntsville-based Pit Bull Products Inc. now sells 10,000 to 15,000 stands a year to riders in Russia, Japan and Italy — and a lot in Australia..."

Article Source: www.al.com
Pit Bull Products Inc., Motorcycle Stands, Charlie Van Valkenburgh, Self-Made Entrepreneur,

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

SNC Adds Second Aircraft Modifications Complex in Huntsville, AL

Article Title: SNC Adds Second Aircraft Modifications Complex in Huntsville, AL


Article Snip: "...Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) continues to expand its aircraft service capacity in Huntsville, Alabama, breaking ground on a new aircraft modification and logistics support facility at the Huntsville (HSV) International Airport. This will be SNC’s second modifications facility in the area, adding 60,794 square feet of operational space with the ability to house up to seven King Air aircraft at a time, or multiple rotary-wing aircraft. “SNC has a long-standing foothold in Huntsville’s aerospace and defense industry and we are excited to continue expanding our strategic partnerships in the area,” said Tim Owings, executive vice president for SNC’s Integrated Mission Systems (IMS) business..."


Article Source: www.aviationpros.com
aircraft modification and logistics support facility at the Huntsville (HSV) International Airport,

Friday, August 17, 2018

Blue Origin will build BE-4 rocket engine in the Rocket City (Huntsville)

Article Title: Blue Origin will build its rocket engine in Alabama


Article Snip: "...private spaceflight venture Blue Origin announced its plans to manufacture the company’s new rocket engine, the BE-4, at a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s an interesting move for the company..."


Article Source: www.theverge.com
Rocket Facility, BE-4 rocket engine, Blue Origin,

Thursday, August 9, 2018

HudsonAlpha to bring global researchers to Huntsville

Article Title: HudsonAlpha to bring global researchers to Huntsville


Article Snip: "...HudsonAlpha has announced that leading immunology and genomics researchers will be coming to the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville for the 6th annual Immunogenomics conference..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Immunogenomics conference,

Monday, August 6, 2018

Industrial Development Continues at Record Pace in Huntsville, Alabama

Article Title: Industrial Development Continues at Record Pace in Huntsville, Alabama


Article Snip: "...a rapid growth over the past three years of more than 9,000 new jobs created across the city of Huntsville. Some of the largest areas of growth have been observed in companies like Polaris and Remington. Polaris, for example, has brought 2,000 jobs to the Huntsville area alone. Further growth is expected from the newly announced Mazda/Toyota joint venture (MTMUS) facility. The facility is expected to create up to..."


Article Source: markets.businessinsider.com
Industrial Development,

Monday, July 30, 2018

Alabama school system 8th worst in the nation

Article Title: Alabama school system 8th worst in the nation


Article Snip: "...Alabama ranked 48th in the nation when it comes to math scores on standardized tests, 45th for reading scores on standardized tests, and..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com


Monday, July 16, 2018

3rd largest defense contractor to expand with $45.5M project in Huntsville

Article Title: 3rd largest defense contractor to expand with $45.5M project in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...BAE Systems announced a $45.5 million project to expand its operations in Huntsville on the development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing and office space facility in Cummings Research Park. The expansion will bring hundreds of jobs and the new building is expected to be complete in 2019..."


Article Source: www.waff.com
BAE Systems, Cummings Research Park, Jobs, Employment opportunities in Huntsville,

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

LG Electronics expands in Huntsville with $28 million solar panel assembly project

Article Title: LG Electronics expands in Huntsville with $28 million solar panel assembly project


Article Snip: "...LG Electronics plans to invest $28 million to open a solar module assembly plant, creating 160 new jobs, on the company’s 48-acre campus in Huntsville. They plan to build the new factory with two production lines..."


Article Source: whnt.com
LG Electronics solar module assembly plant, Off The Grid Living in Huntsville, environmental sustainability, Solar Panels,

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Alabama company based in Huntsville lands $47M government contract

Article Title: Alabama company lands $47M government contract


Article Snip: "...Women-owned Sentar Inc. has been awarded a $47 million contract to provide cybersecurity support services to a U.S. military agency..."


Article Source: www.bizjournals.com


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Huntsville approves incentives for unnamed $750M data center

Article Title: Huntsville approves incentives for unnamed $750M data center


Article Snip: "...Huntsville will provide $6.6 million worth of incentives, including $4.6 million in infrastructure work. Davis says other incentives will be provided by..."


Article Source: www.seattletimes.com
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Resistacap Energy Products will move its headquarters from Huntsville

Article Title: Resistacap Energy Products will move its headquarters from Huntsville


Article Snip: "...Custom battery-maker Resistacap Energy Products will move its headquarters from Huntsville, Ala., to its existing facility near Westchase, the company and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. said Thursday..."


Article Source: www.tampabay.com
Resistacap Energy Products, Custom Battery Maker, Employment,

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kay Ivey still outraising challengers in Alabama governor's race

Article Title: Kay Ivey still outraising challengers in Alabama governor's race


Article Snip: "...Ivey and Battle reported by far the largest amounts of cash on hand for the home stretch to the June 5 primary. Ivey reported $1.3 million and Battle reported $739,000..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Alabama Electronic Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) Reporting System,

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ceremony marks opening of Alabama computer forensics lab

Article Title: Ceremony marks opening of Alabama computer forensics lab


Article Snip: "... The FBI and local leaders held a ceremony Wednesday to mark the opening of the Tennessee Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory...specializing in training and the analysis of digital evidence..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
Tennessee Valley Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, Redstone Arsenal,

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Alabama won't be home to Army's new Futures Command

Article Title: Alabama won't be home to Army's new Futures Command


Article Snip: "...Huntsville won't be home to the Army's new Futures Command, the Associated Press reported today. The Army said it is considering 15 other cities including Atlanta, but Huntsville was not on the list..."


Article Source: www.al.com
Army Futures Command,

Monday, March 26, 2018

Huntsville likely epicenter for Army Futures Command announcement

Article Title: Huntsville likely epicenter for Army Futures Command announcement


Article Snip: "... At this year’s symposium, many Army insiders are expecting the Secretary to announce more details about an Army Futures Command. “So, part of that is how do we look at a different organizational arrangement?,” Esper explained. “How do we improve the processes, reduce the paperwork? How do we find the right people to lead it?” Back in January, WAAY 31 asked Dr. Esper about the Futures Command. “It's a different way of modernizing the force..."


Article Source: www.waaytv.com
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Census shows Huntsville metro still growing rapidly, now state's No. 2

Article Title: Census shows Huntsville metro still growing rapidly, now state's No. 2


Article Snip: "...The two counties combine to make up the official Huntsville metropolitan area of nearly 455,458 people. Huntsville metro passed Mobile in 2010 to become the second-largest metro in Alabama. Huntsville metro continues to be the only one of the four large metros in Alabama growing rapidly..."


Article Source: www.al.com
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

City council approves borrowing $131 million for improvement projects, Toyota-Mazda incentives

Article Title: City council approves borrowing $131 million for improvement projects, Toyota-Mazda incentives


Article Snip: "...The Huntsville City Council approved the borrowing of $131 million for public improvement projects and incentives for the Toyota-Mazda Project. The vote came during a special-called council meeting Wednesday afternoon..."


Article Source: whnt.com
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Article Title: FBI growth in Huntsville will be 'a bonanza,' Sen. Richard Shelby says


Article Snip: "...Shelby addressed about 900 community and business leaders at the Von Braun Center at a Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce breakfast and talked of about 1,500 FBI jobs that he expects will eventually be located at Redstone Arsenal..."


Article Source: www.al.com
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Remington files for bankruptcy amid declining gun sales

Article Title: Remington files for bankruptcy amid declining gun sales


Article Snip: "...The company's fortunes took a hit after the election of Donald Trump," Bloomberg wrote, "because Hillary Clinton's defeat erased fears among gun enthusiasts about losing access to weapons. Sales plummeted, and retailers stopped reordering as they found themselves stuffed with unsold inventory." The numbers have indeed dropped, as indicated by FBI firearm background checks..."


Article Source: www.chicagotribune.com
Remington,

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Talk of possible Remington bankruptcy doesn’t shake Huntsville Mayor, Chamber CEO

Article Title: Talk of possible Remington bankruptcy doesn’t shake Huntsville Mayor, Chamber CEO


Article Snip: "..."They have honored their commitment to us and what they've moved here as far as ramping up that facility," said Cherry. "And we see there's a great long-term, the long term looks very good for that relationship..."


Article Source: whnt.com


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Boeing announces $6.5 B contract extension for missile defense program in Huntsville

Article Title: Boeing announces $6.5 B contract extension for missile defense program in Huntsville


Article Snip: "...The DSC contract modification period of performance is six years; January 2018, through December 2023. The undefinitized modification will be performed by an industry team consisting of The Boeing Co.; Orbital ATK; Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.; and Raytheon Co..."


Article Source: whnt.com
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Toyota's agreement with Huntsville requires no jobs, only 10 years operation

Article Title: Toyota's agreement with Huntsville requires no jobs, only 10 years operation


Article Snip: "...agreement between Huntsville and Toyota Motor North America Inc., however, includes no requirement on the number of jobs to be created. It requires a $1.4 billion investment, and contemplates a start in production that could be pushed back as far as Nov. 1, 2024..."


Article Source: www.decaturdaily.com
Where is your tax money going?, Toyota, Negotiators for Huntsville Economic Agreements, Examples of Poor Contract Negotiations, Employment,

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Huntsville maintains perfect credit rating for 10th straight year

Article Title: Huntsville maintains perfect credit rating for 10th straight year


Article Snip: "...The wins keep coming for the city of Huntsville. Mayor Tommy Battle announced Friday morning that the city had received the top credit rating from the nation's two leading credit rating agencies..."


Article Source: www.al.com
City of Huntsville credit rating,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Alabama Has Been Chosen as the Location of the New Toyota and Mazda Auto Plant, Sources Say

Article Title: Alabama Has Been Chosen as the Location of the New Toyota and Mazda Auto Plant, Sources Say


Article Snip: "...The plant, which will employ up to 4,000 people and produce about 300,000 vehicles a year, will be located in Huntsville, Alabama, and is a boon for the state, where Toyota has a large engine plant and an existing network of automotive suppliers..."


Article Source: fortune.com
Toyota and Mazda Auto Plant in Huntsville, Employment opportunities in Huntsville, Auto Industry Jobs,