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Spotlight on Mobile County

Spotlight on Mobile County

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Spotlight on Montgomery County

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Shoals Shift

Shoals Shift

In contrast to a local history trodden by industry giants, Shoals leaders are focused on cultivating homegrown enterprises built for digital speed.

Spotlight on Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb & Cherokee Counties

Spotlight on Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb & Cherokee Counties

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Re-equipping the Underemployed

Re-equipping the Underemployed

A new Innovate Birmingham initiative helps disciplined workers move from menial to meaningful.

Hitting the Accelerator

Hitting the Accelerator

Birmingham’s Innovation Depot is giving startups a boost with a new Velocity program.

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Retrofitting Suburbia

Retrofitting Suburbia

Three Alabama towns are robust examples of New Urbanism — traditional communities designed to be practical rather than nostalgic. One was named the National Association of Homebuilders’ 2014 Community of the Year.

Whitewater Rafting Right Downtown

Whitewater Rafting Right Downtown

Whitewater Express on the Chattahoochee is one of the “top 12 greatest man-made adventures on the planet,” says USA Today.

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Ezell's Catfish on the River

Ezell's Catfish on the River

Ezell’s became a restaurant in the 1950s, but its history goes back to riverboats and fish fries on the hunting camp lawn.

U.S. Jobs Insourced Down Home

U.S. Jobs Insourced Down Home

It seemed too good to be true — 300 high tech jobs looking for a small town. Because the city took good care of itself, Brewton turned out ideal after this Atlanta IT’s search for a rural homeplace.

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Wiregrass Plant Makes Ballistic Attack Busters

Wiregrass Plant Makes Ballistic Attack Busters

Lockheed Martin’s Troy plant builds missiles designed to knock out intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

Legacy Machine Maker

Legacy Machine Maker

One of the largest employers in Dale County is a manufacturer that sprouted from the area’s rural roots and continues to flourish, cutting trees and clearing land.

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