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Economic Engines

Economic Engines

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

What are Two Huge Economic Coups Worth?

What are Two Huge Economic Coups Worth?

Community Development

Community Development

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

Service First

Service First

In the combat zones of Somalia, resourcefulness and mobility became priorities for Sgt. Renee Floyd. They’re also priorities in her post-military startup—a Phenix City auto service she plans to take regional.

Markets Catch Breath After Benchmarks Breached

Markets Catch Breath After Benchmarks Breached

Grass-Grown Prime Prices

Grass-Grown Prime Prices

Alabama cattle farmers are earning 400 percent more raising grass-fed beef, feeding a demand for safe, locally grown meat.

Budgeting Without Revenue

Budgeting Without Revenue

Life Insurance You Could Just Hug?

Life Insurance You Could Just Hug?

The new logo looks like a text message icon for a hug. Alabama’s largest non-bank public company hopes the rest of its new corporate strategy is just as streamlined.

Movers & Shapers

Movers & Shapers

People making a difference in the Coastal Gateway

Alabama Development Office Rebranded

Alabama Development Office Rebranded

Alabama Insider Trades

Stock transactions by insiders of Alabama's public companies

One Big Fish

One Big Fish

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a wood, and Tasia Malakasis went the usual, big-bucks route. Then she threw it into reverse—back home to rural Alabama and into her passion for artisan food craft.

Auburn Legos Model Toyota Production

Auburn Legos Model Toyota Production

Out of the Ordinary

Out of the Ordinary

There’s nothing wrong with Disney World or the beach, but we found some executives around Alabama who are much more adventurous types.

From Rail Cars to Garbage Trucks

From Rail Cars to Garbage Trucks

Rocket Science and Brain Surgery

Rocket Science and Brain Surgery

Alabama companies are using M&S programs to research rocket re-entry, muster robots on the plant floor and hone skills for brain surgery.

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

HB56 Back in the Shop

HB56 Back in the Shop

War Games

War Games

From the atomic scale to big picture logistics, Alabama companies are at the forefront of defense-related M&S.

Career Notes, May 2012

Career Notes, May 2012

BA—“It’s All Here”

BA—“It’s All Here”

Two More for $691 Million

Two More for $691 Million

FBI, UAB Students Snare Hackers

FBI, UAB Students Snare Hackers

Atlantans Buy Historic Mill

Atlantans Buy Historic Mill

Taking up Slack in Business Lending

Taking up Slack in Business Lending

Credit unions have played a significant part in supplying commercial credit during the bank-led financial crisis.

Credit Unions Ride Hard on Banks

Credit Unions Ride Hard on Banks

Credit Unions are aggressive in scoring on consumer dissatisfaction with big bank mergers and financial crisis.

Sparkling Window on a Mysterious Business

The diamond trade is one of the world’s oldest and most mysterious—from the mines of Africa to storefronts in The Summit and Mountain Brook, where the country’s oldest family-run business, Bromberg’s, offers a jeweler’s-eye view of the trade's intricacies.

How to Build a Global Market — These People Can Tell You

How to Build a Global Market — These People Can Tell You

Seven companies that have set the pace in developing export markets around the world—from sewing machines to space age metallurgy. Winners of this year’s Governor’s Trade Award.