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Top News Links: Wednesday, October 4

Southern Automotive Conference fires up today in Birmingham

The Southern Automotive Conference kicks off today at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, featuring a lineup of industry experts including executives from Mercedes-BenzHondaHyundaiToyotaNissanGeneral MotorsKia and many suppliers and support firms. Gov. Kay Ivey also is scheduled to speak, along with educators, researchers and consultants. The three-day event is expected to draw about 1,000 people. – Made In Alabama/ANC

Business Alabama publishes 2018 Economic Development Guide

Alabama’s economy is more diverse than ever, thanks to major new developments in industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace and everything in between, according to Business Alabama. The publication’s new 2018 Economic Development Guide provides an in-depth examination of the important trends and developments that are reshaping the economic landscape of Alabama. – Made In Alabama

Progressive challenger unseats Birmingham’s incumbent mayor

Progressive challenger Randall Woodfin on Tuesday unseated William Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, in a nonpartisan runoff election. Woodfin’s ambitious platform and dogged ground game ultimately bested Bell, 68, a two-term Democratic incumbent who had been in city politics since before Woodfin was born. But not even Woodfin’s most optimistic boosters anticipated the resounding margin of his victory. With all but one polling place reporting, Woodfin defeated Bell 58 to 41 percent. – HuffPost

Sandy Myers added to Oakworth Capital board

Birmingham's Oakworth Capital has added a new executive to its board of directors. Samford T. Myers, who goes by Sandy, has been added to the board. Myers owns ASF Inc., a logistics and transportation services company. – AL.com

TechBirmingham hires Deon Gordon from Rev Birmingham

TechBirmingham has hired Rev Birmingham's Deon Gordon as its new executive director. Gordon has spent the last two years as Director of Business Development at REV, and led the launch of REVeal Kitchen in the Pizitz Food Hall, the nonprofit's restaurant incubator. Gordon sits on the boards of Railroad Park Foundation, Birmingham Artwalk, Growing Kings, and the Commercial Development Authority of the City of Birmingham. – AL.com

Alabama Power, NFWF helping to restore Cahaba, Village Creek

Alabama Power, in partnership with its parent company, Southern Company, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), today announced grants supporting restoration efforts along two important waterways in Central Alabama: the Cahaba River and Village Creek. The grants are funded through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. – ANC

New vehicle sales boosted by hurricane car replacements

Major automakers on Tuesday posted higher U.S. new vehicle sales in September as consumers in hurricane-hit parts of the country replaced flood-damaged cars, extending a rally in their shares that began when Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas in late August. Analysts had predicted hurricanes Harvey and Irma would provide automakers with their first monthly gains in 2017. – Reuters

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