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February 2015

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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 27

Flashback: Mississippi Breaks Past Alabama into Automaking

Flashback: Mississippi Breaks Past Alabama into Automaking

Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 26

Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Growing Up with the Job

Growing Up with the Job

Economic developer Brian Hilson grew up with the profession — from the promotional, industry-centered ’80s to today’s more comprehensive focus on community and innovation.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 24

Keeping Seniors Home and Healthy

Keeping Seniors Home and Healthy

Seniors are benefiting from two new state programs — SenioRx that negotiates good drug prices from pharmaceutical companies and a plan that uses Medicaid funds for in-home care.

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 23

Movers & Shapers, February 2015

Movers & Shapers, February 2015

Spotlight on Jefferson County

Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 20

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Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 19

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Cuba’s Closer Than Canada

Cuba’s Closer Than Canada

Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 12

Careful What You Wish For?

Careful What You Wish For?

What do Alabama’s four major cities see as their target markets for economic development? How choosy are they?

Career Notes, February 2015

Career Notes, February 2015

Who's moving up?

Millennial Workplaces: Matches Made in Space

Millennial Workplaces: Matches Made in Space

Alabama workplaces reimagined for the next generation.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 11

A Prodigy’s School for Entrepreneurs

A Prodigy’s School for Entrepreneurs

Four years ago a “secret society” of Huntsville angel investors steered 21-year-old prodigy Brandon Kruse through a deal that made him his first millions. Now he’s working to share the mentor spirit with a schoolhouse full of entrepreneurs.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 10

Risk Assessment: Exceedingly Vast

Risk Assessment: Exceedingly Vast

Birmingham-based cyber security expert Daniel Clemens weighs in on global threats, the Sony Pictures hack and security practices even small companies should be doing better.

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 9

Spotlight on Jefferson County

Spotlight on Jefferson County

Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 6

Quality of Life: The New Best Incentive

Quality of Life: The New Best Incentive

Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 5

Company Kudos, February 2015

Company Kudos, February 2015

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Top Economic Coups of 2014

Top Economic Coups of 2014

A roundup of Alabama’s largest economic development projects announced in 2014.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 3

Dobbins Group Hammers out $24.6M from The Moretti at Vulcan Park

Dobbins Group Hammers out $24.6M from The Moretti at Vulcan Park

Counsel to the Contestant

Counsel to the Contestant

Andalusia attorney Bill Alverson has established a national reputation in his sideline practice of coaching beauty pageant contestants.

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 2

The Next Production Line — R&D

The Next Production Line — R&D

Much of the future of Alabama’s auto industry will depend on emergence of R&D centers. A collaboration between Auburn University and the University of Alabama foreshadows such development

Regions Tests Branches, with a Human Variable

Regions Tests Branches, with a Human Variable

Keys to Keeping the Automotive Lead

Keys to Keeping the Automotive Lead

Southern auto manufacturers resolve not to lose their lead to emerging rivals such as Mexico. Keys to winning: workforce development, R&D and improvements in education.

Hottest Vehicles Made in Alabama

Hottest Vehicles Made in Alabama

Demands for luxury and fuel efficiency are driving production of the best selling autos and trucks made in Alabama.

South Competes with Mexico

South Competes with Mexico

Auto leaders work together to keep industry expansion in U.S. and out of Mexico

Not Your Dad’s Old Bumper or Paint Job

Not Your Dad’s Old Bumper or Paint Job

More sophisticated production challenged REHAU to make Alabama home to its first R&D center outside of Germany. Alabama’s challenge is to provide the workers skilled enough to build the bumpers and do the paint jobs today’s R&D demands.

Breathtaking Turnaround

Breathtaking Turnaround

When the recession struck, Alabama’s auto industry retrenched and reinvested in human development and rapid recovery. The turnaround has been breathtaking.