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Hundreds of pro and amateur bikers race through downtown Anniston during the Sunny King Criterium Bike Race, held in the evening hours. Photos courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department/Meg McKinney

AEDG 2014

Alabama Economic Development Guide 2014

Browse the digital edition of the 2014 Alabama Economic Development Guide from the publishers of Business Alabama.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mercedes Evolution Tour kicks off

The Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour kicked off at Terminal 5 in Manhattan late last week offering fun in heaping, boozy amounts. The tour promotes the new Mercedes-Benz 2015 GLA and all three floors were buzzing with attractions, including a live performance by Alabama Shakes, providing you had a ticket. – Haute Living

Telescope's sun shield opens flawlessly

Engineers last week opened a five-layer sun shield the size of a tennis court meant for NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California. The shield will protect NASA's newest telescope from the temperature extremes of deep space when it is launched in 2018. ManTech International of Huntsville built the component. – AL.com

Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to combine

The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers. – AP

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High Tech Seeks High Yield

High Tech Seeks High Yield

Education, innovation and technology collaborate for commerce at Auburn Research Park.

Wealth Managers Weigh the Market

Wealth Managers Weigh the Market

Heads of the wealth management departments of the state’s largest banks appraise the stock market at mid-year.

The Weld That Came in from the Cold

The Weld That Came in from the Cold

Birmingham’s Applied Ultrasonics uses Soviet-born Cold War technology to strengthen everything from oil rigs to submarines.

Front Line in a Trade War with China – Leeds, Alabama

Front Line in a Trade War with China – Leeds, Alabama

An 80-worker manufacturer in Leeds is the last bastion in a U.S. industry’s trade war with China. Relentless determination, not ballistic missiles, will determine the victor. Milton Magnus, mild-mannered maker of coat hangers, has plenty of determination.

Taking Chicken Carbon Neutral

Taking Chicken Carbon Neutral

A longstanding north Alabama businessman, Davis Lee, cranks up a new business that could also be the alternative fuel solution for the state’s largest agricultural crop.

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The Money-Printing Machine

The Money-Printing Machine

What do Alabama’s banking and finance experts think about the Fed’s six-year, $4 trillion-plus money-printing marathon?

Convocation of Auburn Startups

Convocation of Auburn Startups

Fledgling companies in the Auburn Business Incubator range from social media to precision machining to tennis expertise.

Alabama Business Incubators

Alabama Business Incubators

Baby companies need a healthy environment, nurturing and a watchful eye as they take their first steps. Once mature, they pay back the community that helped birth them with payrolls, tax revenue and more.

Alabama Timber’s Sustainability Stockpile

Alabama wood pellet mills are at the threshold of a perfect supply-demand matrix: a growing surplus of Alabama timber and growing overseas demand for a coal alternative.

Save the Family Farm: Here's How

Save the Family Farm: Here's How

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