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Top News Links: Wednesday, July 11

Birmingham Council OKs $2,000-a-job Shipt incentives

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved incentives to keep grocery delivery service company Shipt in the Magic City based on the company providing 881 additional jobs. "Those jobs will make a tremendous difference to our community, the economic vitality of our community," said John Carpenter, director of the mayor's office of innovation and economic opportunity. – AL.com

Airbus officially renames Candian CSeries jet as A220

Airbus gave its newly acquired Canadian CSeries jet a new name and looked close to winning an inaugural order on Tuesday as it prepares to broaden its battle with Boeing for jet sales. The European firm said it was rebranding the plane as the A220, slotting it just under its longstanding A300 portfolio that stretches from the 124-seat A319 to the 544-seat A380. The plane will be assembled in Mobile. – Reuters

JetBlue signs up to buy 60 Airbus A220-300 jetliners

JetBlue bought the first Airbus jetliner made in Mobile, and now it wants a lot more of them. Early Tuesday morning, Airbus announced that JetBlue had signed a commitment for 60 A220-300 jets. – AL.com

Avadian Credit Union named a top choice by Forbes

Birmingham-based Avadian Credit Union was recently named by Forbes as one of the top three credit unions in Alabama. “We are delighted and honored to receive this distinction,” said Linda Cencula, president and CEO. – News release

Libba Vaughan takes reins at Leadership Birmingham

Libba Vaughan will be Leadership Birmingham's new executive director. The organization's board of directors announced the move today. Vaughan will take the role Sept. 1. She is the organization's fourth executive director, replacing Ann Florie, who held the post for 14 years. – AL.com

Car Wash Headquarters to pay $225K in discrimination suit

Car Wash Headquarters, doing business as Mister  Car Wash and Mister Hotshine has agreed to pay $225,000 in lost wages and  damages to settle a race discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment  Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced Tuesday. According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Car Wash Headquarters failed to promote Antonio Purdom and a class of similarly situated African-American employees to supervisor and management positions at its Birmingham-area locations. – JDSUPRA

Tesla plans China plant with 500,000 vehicle-per-year capacity

Tesla now wants to build a factory in China with an annual production capacity of 500,000 vehicles, according to reports. The planned project comes just one day after Tesla hiked prices for the Model S and Model X in China due to a brewing trade war with the U.S. Tesla is set to sign a memorandum of understanding for the project with local entities in Shanghai, according to Bloomberg. – Jalopnik

Fiat-Chrysler exec says they’re ‘going after Tesla’

To this date, Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) hasn’t been a leader in the current electrification of the auto industry, but the company has now announced a significant acceleration of its electric vehicle programs. Now they say that they are “going after Tesla” with their own luxury brands. Tim Kuniskis, the head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, FCA’s two luxury brands, made the comment in an NBC News interview. – Electrek

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