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Kowaliga Restaurant on Lake Martin is a local institution that goes back 60 years.

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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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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cuba may be Alabama’s next hot market

Selling chickens to Cuba is complicated. "If the Cubans want to buy chickens in the United States, before they load it on a ship, they have to pay a bank outside the country," said Jimmy Lyons, director of the Alabama State Port Authority. "Those funds have to be sent to a bank in the United States. Only then can the chickens be loaded on a ship." But President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the United States would take steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba could change things. – Montgomery Advertiser

Company picked for managed care effort

A new company affiliated with Huntsville Hospital Health System has been selected to manage the care of nearly 200,000 Medicaid patients in north and west-central Alabama. State Medicaid officials on Thursday tapped Alabama Community Care as the regional care organization for Medicaid patients in 23 counties stretching from Sand Mountain to Tuscaloosa. – AL.com

NextStorm advances in Launchpad

NextStorm, the brainchild of University of Alabama in Huntsville atmospheric science professor John Mecikalski, has advanced to the second round of the Alabama Launchpad competition in Birmingham. The high-tech Huntsville startup focuses on short-term weather prediction through satellite data algorithms. – AL.com

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State of the Uninsured

State of the Uninsured

As state Medicaid overhaul nears completion, Gov. Bentley stands pat on not expanding coverage. Meanwhile, the uninsured still check in to emergency rooms, and hospitals get reimbursed 75 percent less for treating them.

Prestige Digs in Tuscaloosa

Prestige Digs in Tuscaloosa

This Tuscaloosa tower caught the eye of a Memphis developer long before the Legislature passed a tax incentive for historic redevelopments.

HudsonAlpha Breeds Serial Entrepreneurs

HudsonAlpha Breeds Serial Entrepreneurs

A flare for growing biotech companies is a characteristic of the genomic researchers of the HudsonAlpha Institute. The co-founder and one of his first associate entrepreneurs are good examples.

Creative Dishing and the Next Big Thing

Creative Dishing and the Next Big Thing

GATR Technologies’ “great big antenna in the little bitty box” launched the Huntsville company onto the Inc. 5000 six years in a row. With 300+ dished to the military and a new $440 million DoD contract, the company is studying a new generation of small satellites as the next big thing.

The Shoals’ Inventor/Entrepreneur

The Shoals’ Inventor/Entrepreneur

For most of his life, this 82-year-old Muscle Shoals entrepreneur has been staking out patents like fence posts, and they pop up everywhere.

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Leadership and Renewed Momentum of Alabama Real Estate

Leadership and Renewed Momentum of Alabama Real Estate

Leaders of the three groups central to Alabama real estate report improvement in industry performance and licensing of new agents.

Making the Most of Serving Nonprofits

Making the Most of Serving Nonprofits

Dave Gray traces the evolution of one of the state’s most successful homegrown IT companies — now serving 60 percent of the YMCAs in North America.

Top Management Skills in Philanthropy

Top Management Skills in Philanthropy

Three of Alabama’s best at raising and giving away money share what it takes to play their parts.

Keeping Pace with Aging Customers

Keeping Pace with Aging Customers

Nursing homes evolve new services — and new profit centers — to keep pace with customers who are living longer, staying more active and demanding personalized services.

Inside Alabama’s Largest Foundation

Inside Alabama’s Largest Foundation

The Alabama Power Foundation has invested more than $150 million in grants and scholarships since shareholders set it up 25 years ago.

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