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Friday, October 30 2015

Truck manufacturing firm creating more than 300 new jobs with new facility in Dorchester County 
Columbia, SC -- Alkane Truck Company, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of commercial trucks, is establishing new Lowcountry manufacturing operations in Dorchester County. The new facility is expected to create more than 300 jobs in Summerville, S.C.
Established in 2012 and headquartered in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Alkane Truck Company specializes in medium duty trucks, medium heavy trucks and heavy duty tractors, which run on liquid propane autogas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid natural gas (LNG).
This month, the company announced a brand new line of alternative fuel vehicles - the Alkane Class 7 cab-over truck. Once full production of these trucks begins in the first quarter of 2016, they will be sold throughout the company's established network of approximately 130 truck dealership locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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Friday, October 30 2015

Critical importance of connective infrastructure to America’s seaports recognized 

American Association of Port Authorities -- After evaluating 627 applications, 50 of which were from ports, for the FY 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced 39 awards for $500 million in funding to be made in the seventh round of this multimodal, discretionary grant program. Of those, five awards totaling $44.3 million, or about 9 percent of total funding, are going to commercial seaports or to projects that directly aid the efficient movement of goods to and from America’s ports.

Another $87 million, comprising six awards equal to about 17.4 percent of the total funding, is going to freight-focused projects around the country which aid in the movement of goods, by rail and/or truck.

In a written statement today, Sec. Foxx said, “Transportation is always about the future. If we’re just fixing today’s problems, we’ll fall further and further behind.” He noted that as the nation’s population continues to grow, there’s increasing demand for goods that require the transportation system to do more. “In this round of TIGER, we selected projects that focus on where the country’s transportation infrastructure needs to be in the future; ever safer, ever more innovative, and ever more targeted to open the floodgates of opportunity across America.”

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Friday, October 30 2015

Company investing more than $13.1 million to create 54 full-time jobs

Frankfort, KY -- Bowling Green-based American Howa Kentucky Inc. (AHK), a manufacturer of interior products for the automotive industry, will create 54 full-time jobs through an investment of more than $13.1 million in a new facility in Midway, Gov. Steve Beshear announced. 

“The automotive industry is a major factor in the success of Kentucky’s economy,” Gov. Beshear said. “With that, so too are the automotive suppliers who ensure the industry thrives in the Commonwealth. Auto manufacturers and suppliers contribute more than $6 billion in payroll to Kentucky workers annually. With announcements like American Howa Kentucky’s, we know that figure will continue to climb." 

The construction of a 60,000-square-foot facility in Midway Station Industrial Park will allow AHK to supply the nearby Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky facility in Georgetown with headliners for the Toyota Camry.

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Friday, October 30 2015

Washington, DC -- Award-winning singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley, a licensed pilot who values business aircraft and utilizes business aviation, will be a featured speaker Nov. 17 during the Opening General Session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015) in Las Vegas, NV.

Bentley will discuss how his Cirrus SR22T Xi aircraft has helped him in his performing career. The country music star has crisscrossed the country countless times while on tour, and has said that flying his own plane, instead of riding a tour bus, optimizes the efficiency of his travel.

“Dierks Bentley has first-hand knowledge of the utility of business aircraft,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We look forward to having this talented musician and pilot at NBAA2015, to detail how the use of an airplane for business has applied to his music career.”

Since 2003, the vocalist and guitarist has recorded eight albums and garnered 13 number-one songs. Bentley has received 11 Grammy nominations and earned official membership in the Grand Ole Opry.

As the most important business aviation event of the year, NBAA2015 offers attendees an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. And as the largest gathering of the industry in the world, NBAA2015 is the best place to review the latest business aviation products, technologies and services, while participating in dozens of education sessions and making side-by-side comparisons of the innovative aircraft on static display.

NBAA2015 will be held Nov. 17 to 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with two aircraft displays – an indoor one on the exhibit floor of the convention center, and an outdoor display at nearby Henderson Executive Airport.

Read more about NBAA2015.

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

Contact: Dan Hubbard, (202) 783-9360,


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Thursday, October 29 2015

$57 million expansion marks company’s 6th since 2006

Frankfort, KY -- Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products LLC (KAAP), a supplier for the automotive industry, will add 112 jobs with a $57 million investment in its Bowling Green facility, Governor Steve Beshear announced.

“Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products has enjoyed great success since locating in the Commonwealth in 2005,” Gov. Beshear said. “This expansion will help the company continue to work hand-in-hand with the changing auto industry and its emphasis on using aluminum.”

The more than 116,000-square-foot addition will provide KAAP with capacity for substantial equipment upgrades. The company anticipates growing its business in coming years, and the expansion will support those changes. Construction will begin in December and is expected to be finished by October 2016.

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Thursday, October 29 2015

Pflugerville Community Development Corporation Recruited and Negotiated Deal Securing EOS of North America, Inc. with 44,680 Square Feet Lease at 130 Commerce Center; 75 Jobs

Pflugerville, TX -- Pflugerville Community Development Corporation’s (PCDC) Interim Executive Director Amy Madison today announced EOS, a global market leader in industrial 3D- printing technology, will expand business operations and establish North American headquarters at Pflugerville’s 130 Commerce Center.

This move is projected to create 75 new jobs in Pflugerville within the next three years. Within the last two weeks the PCDC has successfully signed leases for more than 60,000 square feet of office and light industrial space at Pflugerville’s 130 Commerce Center.

“Pflugerville offers EOS access to a diverse and talented workforce and major transportation corridors that have made Central Texas a growing hub for high-tech industries in the United States,” said PCDC Interim Executive Director Amy Madison. “These resources are critical for an innovative technology leader looking to further expand its market share with major aerospace, medical, automotive, tooling, consumer, and industrial organizations. They need a community where they can continue to grow and evolve — Pflugerville is that place.”

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Thursday, October 29 2015

Germany-based auto supplier creates 110 jobs through $130 million investment

Bowling Green, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear joined BILSTEIN GROUP officials and community leaders to mark the groundbreaking of BILSTEIN COLD ROLLED STEEL LP at the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green and to celebrate 110 jobs created through the company’s $130 million investment.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome BILSTEIN’s new investment in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “The Commonwealth maintains great relationships with German companies, and BILSTEIN’s addition reiterates the importance of those relationships. With 64 German-owned facilities employing 10,500 full-time workers across the state, it shows our efforts in attracting those companies to Kentucky make a positive impact.”

BILSTEIN COLD ROLLED STEEL LP is a subsidiary of the family-owned German steel processor BILSTEIN GROUP, Europe’s largest supplier of cold-rolled products. The company will build the 250,000-square-foot cold-rolling steel manufacturing facility in Warren County to better serve its North American automotive industry customers.

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Tuesday, October 27 2015

Designation Reflects Presence of Fiber-Based, High-Speed Internet
Thomas Township, Saginaw County, MI -- As part of AT&T’s continuing effort to drive economic development and investment in Michigan, AT&T joined representatives from the Economic Development Corporation of the County of Saginaw and Saginaw Future Inc. to announce the Great Lakes Tech Park is now designated AT&T Fiber Ready.

The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services. 
“It is a pleasure to highlight Great Lakes Tech Park as one of many Michigan industrial developments where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation,” said Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan. “Our employees are turning our billions of dollars of investment into high-speed Internet for consumers and businesses across Michigan. Our work is made possible by smart, pro-investment policies championed at the state and federal level, as well as the focused leadership of the local executives who stand with us today.”

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Tuesday, October 27 2015

Cleveland, OH -- The Austin Company (, an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California and Missouri.

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Tuesday, October 27 2015
Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Promotes Kevin Donnelly and Kate Ferrer, Establishes Business Development Unit

Covington, KY -- Northern Kentucky Tri-ED announced that two key economic development professionals have been promoted and will work within the newly established business development unit, led by Wade Williams, SVP. Kevin Donnelly is now Senior Manager, Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) & Informatics Projects, and Kate Ferrer is now Senior Manager, Marketing & Projects. The promotions coincide with the alignment of marketing, business retention & expansion (BR&E) as well as project support within the new business development unit.

“Kevin has been a key resource in the success of NKY Boost, our award-winning BR&E program, and facilitating investment and expansions by our existing companies,” said Dan Tobergte, President & CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “As an alumni of Northern Kentucky University’s undergraduate and graduate programs, Kevin is an ideal fit to manage informatics projects and connect businesses with technology resources in Northern Kentucky.”

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Tuesday, October 27 2015

Athens, AL -- Shape Corp. is expanding operations to Alabama, planning to build a $24 million facility in Athens, according to a news release from Gov. Robert Bentley.

Shape, which is based in Grand Haven, Mich., specializes in injection molding and metal roll-forming. It operates globally with operations in the United States, Mexico, France, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. It serves many industries, including automotive, office furniture, medical and agriculture.

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Monday, October 26 2015

Utah ranked No. 1 Best State for Business for 2015—the fifth year out of the last six

Salt Lake City, UT -- When you think of the nation’s greatest sports dynasties, you might think of the Boston Celtics, New York Yankees or Green Bay Packers. Now think “economic dynasty”—and Utah should come to mind. Forbes magazine once again ranked Utah as the No. 1 Best State for Business for 2015. This marks five out of the last six years in the top spot.

“We’ve enjoyed years of success but have also learned a very important lesson: it’s much harder to stay on top than it is to get there,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “It’s always exciting to earn top accolades, but it’s even more meaningful that this is our fifth win from Forbes. It means that all of our work to maintain a winning business environment is working. It means we’re continuously building a champion state.”

Utah has been ranked No. 1 for economic outlook every year since 2008. Everyone from the Washington Post and Fortune magazine to The New Yorker has been talking about Utah, trying to discover the Beehive State’s secret to success. Collaboration is one of the state’s not-so-secret strengths.

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Monday, October 26 2015

Company to create up to 89 new jobs
Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Trex Company (NYSE: TREX), the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance wood-alternative decking and railing, has invested $12.3 million in the City of Winchester and $3.1 million in Frederick County to expand its manufacturing operations.

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Monday, October 26 2015

Waco, TX -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announces plans to expand its Waco, Texas presence with the construction of a new state-of-the-art, 600,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Waco International Aviation Park. Sherwin-Williams will invest $39 million including a 49-acre land acquisition, personal and real property. The facility will retain 264 permanent, full-time positions and is expandable to accommodate additional growth. The company currently occupies 440,000-square-feet in Texas Central Park, also located in Waco.

Sherwin-Williams established its first Waco distribution facility in 1989. The expanded operations are a result of the company's continued growth in product demand and a long-established partnership with the city of Waco, McLennan County and the Waco Industrial Foundation.

"Sherwin-Williams is pleased to continue and expand our relationship with the Waco community," said Francis Huppmann, Sherwin-Williams vice president of operations. "The Sherwin-Williams - Waco partnership is positive economic development for the entire area."

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Monday, October 26 2015
Savannah container traffic sees highest-ever September

GPA achieves 7.3% TEU increase for the month

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority continues to expand freight volumes, marking the seventh consecutive month of record container throughput.
In September, the Port of Savannah handled 317,411 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 7.3 percent (21,713-TEU) increase over the same month last year.
"We are pleasantly surprised to see volumes remaining above last year's double digit growth," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz, who noted a 12.9 percent increase in September 2014. "Last month was the busiest September for container traffic in GPA's history. We anticipate, at some point this year, to begin seeing throughput leveling off to more normal patterns."

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Friday, October 23 2015

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Regal Entertainment Group announced the company will locate its new corporate headquarters on Knoxville’s South Waterfront.
Regal, which operates the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. theater circuit, expects to create 75 new jobs.
“We want to congratulate and thank Regal Entertainment Group on their long-term commitment to Tennessee and the new jobs that will be created in Knoxville,” Haslam said. “Regal is a company that could do business anywhere in the country, and when a company like Regal chooses Tennessee over the rest of the country it sends the message that we can and will compete with anyone, and we are grateful that they will be here for years to come.”
The Regal Entertainment headquarters will occupy a nine-story, 178,000-square-foot building at the east end of the former site of Baptist Hospital along Knoxville’s rapidly redeveloping South Waterfront.  South Waterfront redevelopment efforts began in 2007 with a public planning process initiated by Gov. Haslam during his tenure as mayor of Knoxville.  In recent years, the city has invested in a new riverfront park, and the waterfront corridor has begun to attract new businesses and residential development.

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Friday, October 23 2015

This week, Forbes magazine ranked Nebraska No. 3 in its annual “Best States for Business” study.  Forbes reports, “Nebraska is one of the biggest movers among the top states.  It ranks third, up from No. 7 last year (its previous high-water mark was sixth in 2012 and 2013).  The state’s climb in our ranking is due in part to the addition of two new factors in our regulatory score: fiscal health and legal climate.”  The Forbes’ study considered 40 points of data to determine competitiveness over six main areas: business costs; labor supply and union influence; regulations and legal climate; economic climate; growth prospects; and quality of life.  In the area of business costs — which includes labor, energy and taxes — Nebraska was ranked ninth, aided by the state’s business incentives.

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Wednesday, October 21 2015

$360 million investment, 1.5 million training hours brings popular ES 350 to American assembly line for first time

Georgetown, KY -- When Toyota introduced Lexus to the U.S. market in 1989, the Georgetown, Ky., plant – its first stand-alone vehicle manufacturing facility in America – was just in its second year of producing the Camry.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here:

Fast forward 26 years and that same plant is celebrating the start of U.S. Lexus production.  Today at a ceremony fit for a luxury brand king, the first-ever U.S.-produced ES 350 was unveiled before several thousand proud team members in Georgetown.  And, just like a newborn foal at the nearby horse farms in Central Kentucky, the newcomer was brought into the world with plenty of TLC and hope for a bright future.

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Wednesday, October 21 2015

Utah STEM Action Center and Utah State Office of Education Partner on Computer Science Scale-Up

Salt Lake City, UT -- The Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Office of Education announced a partnership with that will increase participation in computer science courses by women and underrepresented students of color. is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to have access to computer science education. believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
“Our partnership with and the Utah STEM Action Center is another great example of how Utah is leveraging public-private partnerships to offer better educational opportunities for students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad C. Smith. “This partnership gives students a chance at a better, more prosperous future for themselves and a better, more prosperous future for Utah.”

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Wednesday, October 21 2015
GPA to invest $152M in Brunswick over next 10 years

Port marks growth in all cargo sectors in FY2015

Brunswick, GA -- At the annual Brunswick State of the Port event Tuesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz discussed an ambitious capital improvement plan for Brunswick terminals.
"In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo, our capacity must remain higher than current demand," Foltz said. "To that end, we will be improving Brunswick facilities serving each of our major business sectors here, including automotive, breakbulk and bulk cargo."
Foltz said that over the past decade, the GPA has spent $46.2 million on infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Brunswick. Over the next 10 years, the Authority plans to more than triple that investment, calling for another $152 million in improvements.

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Wednesday, October 21 2015

Mapping future of freight network ‘top priority’ for AAPA and its member ports

American Association of Port Authorities -- Heralding a highly-anticipated announcement, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas—is applauding U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx for releasing the Draft National Freight Strategic Plan.

Among its specific strategies, the draft plan emphasizes the importance of a dedicated freight program that would improve the movement of freight and meet economic demands. It also includes a draft Multimodal Freight Network map to inform planners, private sector stakeholders and the public about where major freight flows occur and where special attention to freight issues may be most warranted. Furthermore, the draft plan would have the U.S. DOT continue to support local, state and interagency collaboration, including close cooperation with port authorities, private sector stakeholders and agencies in Canada and Mexico; sharing best practices for freight planning; supporting advisory committees and public forums with stakeholders; and encouraging effective use of funding available at the national level.

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Wednesday, October 21 2015

Drives New Small Business Awareness Initiative
Trenton, NJ -- As part of the state’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of financing programs available to small businesses, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Lizura visited Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands on Friday. The business recently received a line of credit through the EDA’s Premier Lender program, which lowers the cost of borrowing for small businesses through the EDA’s alliance with more than 30 banking partners.
“Businesses like Carton Brewing create jobs, invest in our communities, and contribute to the quality of life of local residents and visitors,” said Lizura.  “We want business owners all over the State to know that resources are available to help companies of all sizes grow and prosper in New Jersey.”

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Monday, October 19 2015
CPS Energy Supports Aerospace/Manufacturing Growth at Port San Antonio

Removal of obsolete transmission towers and construction of new substation clear path for development of industrial sites
San Antonio, TX -- CPS Energy is helping Port San Antonio take big steps toward the development of future aerospace and other advanced manufacturing sites at Kelly Field, the Port’s industrial airport. This marks an important milestone in the Port’s efforts to create 5,000 new local jobs by 2020.
In a matter of days in early October, the utility removed seven large transmission towers—each reaching a height of about 100 feet—located between the Port’s northwest entrance at 36th Street and extending by almost a mile toward the south into the heart of the property (see attached diagram).
The towers and overhead lines, which dated to the 1960’s, ran parallel to Kelly Field and stood between the runway and 400 adjacent acres that are ideally suited for the construction of additional hangars and air-served workshops for expansions by the region’s aerospace industry.

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Friday, October 16 2015
Allied Dispatch Solutions plans to locate in Johnson City, hire nearly 500 workers, 85 new jobs created

Johnson City, TN -- Allied Dispatch Solutions will significantly expand its operations in the region, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s office announced this afternoon.

The company is locating in Johnson City and Carter County with a plan to hire nearly 500 workers.

Company CEO Anthony Royer said in a news conference Thursday afternoon, “Mostly what can are going to bring to play is the culture. It’s about the people who care about other people. When we care about people and we when when we have our employees on the phone they are a representation of for all of us – this community. “-- Allied Dispatch

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Friday, October 16 2015

Ashburn, VA -- Equinix founders choosing in 1998 to build the company’s first data center in Ashburn, Virginia, may have been the best site-selection decision a data center company has ever made. Today, 17 years and half a million square feet of colocation space in the region later, Equinix is breaking ground on a brand new Ashburn campus that has the potential to grow to 1 million square feet of gross building space – a data center build-out that would cost $1 billion by the company’s estimate.

To say that Equinix founders chose Ashburn as the place to build their first data center is not entirely accurate. Rather, circumstances dictated that they build it there. Northern Virginia, the patch of American suburbia stretching west and south of Washington, DC, was home to some of the earliest facilities where carriers interconnected networks and provided access to the internet. The distributed internet exchange, MAE-East, was what brought Equinix to the region, kicking off the development of one of the world’s biggest data center markets.

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Friday, October 16 2015

Company to invest $2.4 million, create 79 new jobs
Melbourne, AR -- Micro Plastics, the largest manufacturer of threaded nylon fasteners in the world announced the company will locate a facility in Melbourne, Arkansas. Through the expansion, the company will invest $2.4 million and create 79 new jobs over five years in Melbourne. Production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

“This year is the 40th anniversary of our move to Arkansas,” said Tom Hill, President of Micro Plastics, Inc.  “In that time we’ve grown from 15 employees to nearly 400 at our plant in Flippin.  We are plotting our future for continued success and growth and we are looking forward to the Melbourne plant and community being a major part of that."

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Friday, October 16 2015

Charles County, MD -- The Department of Economic Development announced it will develop a five-year Charles County Economic Development Strategic Plan, in partnership with Development Counsellors International (DCI) and Garner Economics LLC. The purpose of the plan is to provide the county with an action plan to improve business competitiveness, leverage the county’s assets to strengthen existing businesses, and identify new investment opportunities.

“Charles County has immense potential for economic prosperity and growth, but we need concrete action steps to ensure our efforts have continuity and maintain momentum,” said Darrell Brown, director for the Department of Economic Development. “The economic development strategic plan will prioritize where we place our future resources, and it will provide the roadmap necessary to stay on course.”

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Friday, October 16 2015

Trenton, NJ -- Continuing its commitment to drive job creation and private investment within New Jersey’s vibrant technology sector, the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved three technology-related projects under the Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) Program. In total, the projects are expected to create more than 300 new jobs, retain more than 400 jobs at risk of leaving the State, and are associated with $14.9 million in private investment.  Advanced under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (EOA), Grow NJ is the state’s main job creation incentive program.
“The Garden State holds particular appeal for technology and life sciences companies, thanks to its sophisticated talent pool and ideal location for international travel, ” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen.  “The skilled jobs these companies bring are vital to New Jersey’s economy, and we are happy to support their growth.”  

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Wednesday, October 14 2015
International Economic Development Council Recognizes Southern Idaho with Two Awards for Economic Development Success

College of Southern Idaho’s Dr. Todd Schwarz recognized for his leadership supporting economic development in the region
Twins Falls, ID -- Southern Idaho was recognized this week with two awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development award, and Todd Schwarz, PhD, Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer, College of Southern Idaho, was awarded the Institutional Leadership Award for his lasting commitment to the field of economic development.  

“These awards serve as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization for leading the charge," said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc.  “The Institutional Leadership Award recognizes a leader of a community institution whose exemplary support of local economic development programs has allowed for continued community success.”

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Wednesday, October 14 2015

Clark County, IN -- Governor Mike Pence will join executives and local officials in Clark County on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. to break ground on phase one of the transportation corridor linking River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville.  

In 2013, Governor Pence announced that the state would provide funding to complete the heavy haul corridor. With additional funding from local partners, the $30.4 million project will ensure that the region and the state of Indiana are positioned to maximize opportunities for economic growth around the Ohio River Bridges Project. The first step of this multi-phase project will connect the newly constructed Old Salem Road interchange at State Road 265 with State Road 62 through the River Ridge Commerce Center.

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Wednesday, October 14 2015

BrightFarms, Recently Cited as One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, to Invest $7.35 Million, Create 24 Jobs

Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that WDC Greenhouse, LLC (dba BrightFarms) will locate its newest greenhouse production facility in Culpeper County.  The company will invest $7.35 million to construct and operate two new greenhouses and create 24 new jobs.  In addition, BrightFarms will produce 750,000 cases of Virginia-grown green leaf produce and 30,000 cases of Virginia-grown tomatoes over the next three years.

Speaking about the announcement, Governor McAuliffe stated, “The attraction of BrightFarms to Culpeper County represents another step in strengthening Virginia’s agricultural economy.  This project, with its investment in innovative technology, new jobs being created, and commitment to the environment, represents another economic win for this region.  My administration is committed to utilizing fully our diverse agriculture industry, one of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets, to help build the new Virginia economy.”

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Wednesday, October 14 2015
Matan Begins Ground on Westview South Retail

Frederick, MD -- Matan Companies, one of the region’s premier commercial real estate and development firms, announced that it has broken ground on a new 20,750 square foot, two-building Class A retail project at its Westview South campus in Frederick.
The self-contained Westview South campus is a true ‘live, work, play’ environment, strategically located along the Route 85 Corridor with easy access to major interstates I-70 and I-270.  Westview South is within walking distance of a thriving amenity base and offers a park-like setting with 31 acres of preserved green space and walking trails along Ballenger Creek.

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Tuesday, October 13 2015

Massachusetts-based 1366 Technologies to locate at the Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in Genesee County

Rochester, NY -- The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC), Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), Governor Andrew Cuomo and Empire State Development (ESD) and Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE) joined forces to make a landmark announcement about a significant investment that has the potential to transform the Greater Rochester Region and Western New York.

Massachusetts-based solar wafer manufacturer 1366 Technologies has chosen to establish operations at the Science & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in the Genesee County town of Alabama, N.Y. The company’s multi-phase project will eventually create 1,000 new jobs at STAMP. This is the largest business attraction project GCEDC and GRE have ever managed and secured.

1366 Technologies will build a 3GW wafer facility with a methodical phased approach, starting with a 250MW facility. Over the course of the multi-phase project, 1366 will invest approximately $700 million, including a $100 million initial investment, becoming the largest economic development project in the history of Genesee County.

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Tuesday, October 13 2015
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne Visits the Port of South Louisiana

During his visit to the River Region yesterday, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne stopped in at the Port of South Louisiana for an overview of the port and a tour of the port’s public terminal, Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. On behalf of Executive Director Paul Aucoin, Deputy Director Roy Quezaire and Chief Operating Officer Dale Hymel, Jr., welcomed Dardenne to the Guesthouse, where he met with port management, commissioners, and staff and local officials and business representatives. After his visit at Globalplex, Dardenne was scheduled to visit with Nucor Steel Louisiana located within the Port’s jurisdiction.

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Tuesday, October 13 2015

Tucker, GA -- The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the fourth annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program that targets young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to engage and invest in young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat, or in the production of animal/poultry feed. Applicants must be a member of at least one of the following IPPE associations: American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).
The program is designed to recognize professional leadership qualities and to provide exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products. The program provides education to further training in each person’s respective industry and will expose the recipients to the latest technology used in the industry.

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Thursday, October 08 2015
New Signs Welcome Drivers to Frederick County, Virginia

Project is part of Frederick County's Business Friendly Initiative

Winchester, VA -- New welcome signs will greet motorists as they enter Frederick County, Virginia, on U.S. Routes 11, 50, and 522, as well as Virginia State Route 7 East. The project was managed and paid for by the Frederick County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) as part of Frederick County's Business Friendly Initiative. The signs seek to showcase Frederick County as a positive business partner and provide the community with a marketing advantage.

“A lot of thought and debate went into the welcome sign project,” commented Stan Crockett, chair of the Frederick County EDA Board of Directors. “I believe the fruit of those efforts has produced a quality product that identifies Frederick County, VA; is consistent with our branding and economic development efforts; and is visually welcoming to visitors and businesses alike.”

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Thursday, October 08 2015
NKY Boost Program Recognized with Gold Award by the International Economic Development Council

Covington, KY -- The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented Northern Kentucky Tri-ED with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for NKY Boost, in the category of Business Retention & Expansion – Program of Three Years or More for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000.

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED was honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 5, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4 - 7, in Anchorage, Alaska.

“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Northern Kentucky Tri-ED for leading the charge."

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Wednesday, October 07 2015

AAPA leads ‘Advocacy Day’ delegation on Oct. 8 to urge port-related infrastructure funding 

AAPA -- Tomorrow more than 20 U.S. port authority officials and their key staff, representing seaports from all four U.S. coasts, will gather to meet with Congressional leadership to discuss the upcoming surface transportation bill and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ navigation budget.

Lead by American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Chairwoman of the Board Kristin Decas (who is also the CEO and port director of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme) and AAPA President/CEO Kurt Nagle, the port delegation will meet with the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional leaders on key port industry infrastructure priorities.

The meetings with federal policymakers are in conjunction with AAPA’s new Freight: Keep It Moving (#freightkeepitmoving) campaign that it launched in September. The campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of funding freight-related transportation infrastructure.

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Wednesday, October 07 2015

Birmingham, AL -- Nine of the 10 Britten V1000 motorcycles created by innovator John Britten (1950-95) will be at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum on Oct. 9-11, during the 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, presented by the Triumph Dealers of North America. This is a significant event, as there have never been this many of the rare Britten V1000s together at the same time.
The family of the late John Britten, including his wife Kirsteen Britten, his children, and grandchildren, are traveling to the event from New Zealand. Kirsteen Britten will speak at "An Evening with Britten,” a fundraiser dinner for the Barber Museum, a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Foundation, on Oct. 9. She will present seminars, along with special guests Bob Brookland and Craig Roberts, featuring the Cardinal Britten, on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11.
A documentary about John Britten’s life, One Man’s Dream, will show at The Alabama Theatre on Oct. 10, at 6:30pm. Special parking will be offered for motorcycles, and members of the Britten family will attend. Throughout the weekend, there will be film crews at the Barber Museum gathering footage from the event.

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Tuesday, October 06 2015

Expansion to bring 1,000 New Jobs to Brevard County

Brevard County, FL -- Oakridge Global Energy Solutions (OGES), a global leader in the development and manufacturing of solid-state battery systems and lithium technology, will expand its operations into a larger 230,000 square foot facility in Palm Bay, Florida and create 1,000 new jobs.

OGES is an integrated “made in USA” energy storage solutions company that uses state-of-the-art technology to develop and make advanced, high quality cells, batteries and power systems. The Palm Bay expansion will deliver these transformational battery products across a range of industrial segments.

“We’ve called the turning point of the ‘Made in USA’ onshoring movement pretty accurately,” said Oakridge Executive Chairman & CEO, Steve Barber. “We are bringing jobs back home to America, and as a foreign player by definition, few can compete with us on the ‘Made in USA’ movement.”

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Tuesday, October 06 2015

Fan Zone Vendor Space Sold Out Offering More Activities for Fans 
Birmingham, AL -- The Barber Vintage Festival presented by Triumph Dealers of North America will take place this weekend, October 9-11 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The weekend will include more on-site activities than ever before.
In addition to three full days of on- and off-track racing action provided by AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association), the America’s First Fan Zone will include activities such as:

  • More than 50 motorcycle dealers and merchandise vendors
  • Britten motorcycle display for a look inside the world of Britten
  • Triumph Motorcycles display
  • Official event merchandise
  • Bike shows & club gatherings
  • Stunt shows provided by American Wall of Death, Globe of Death and On The Edge Stunt Show
  • Variety of concession and food vendors
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Monday, October 05 2015
Matan's Proposed Renn Project Receives Major Rezoning Approval

Frederick, MD -- Last Thursday, by a vote of 5 to 0, the Mayor & Board of Frederick City approved the rezoning and master plan for Matan Companies’ Renn Property – a mixed-use project consisting of 1,050 residential units, 105,000 square feet of retail, and 73 acres of dedicated parkland – located adjacent to the Carroll Creek Project and the Linear Park in Downtown Frederick.

“We are thrilled with the vote, this is a major step forward for the city of Frederick,” said Mark Matan, Principal for the Matan Companies. “The Renn Farm rezoning represents the culmination of over 10 years worth of public and private efforts to create a revitalized Downtown with a major walkable neighborhood.”

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Monday, October 05 2015
First Family Practice Clinic to Break Ground at Chaffee Crossing

Fort Smith, AR -- Developers of a new Chaffee Crossing Clinic will break ground on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. for the first healthcare facility in Chaffee Crossing. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 17200 Roberts Blvd., Fort Smith, Arkansas, east of the newly finished section of future I-49.

Dr. Justin Hayes of Fort Smith will be establishing the practice which will offer a full range of primary care services including on-site laboratory, X-ray, and ultrasound. Dr. Hayes plans to utilize a patient-centered medical home model as adapted by the American Academy of Family Physicians to include flexible scheduling and walk-in availability for established patients. The clinic will be staffed by two board certified family physicians and a nurse practitioner.  

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Monday, October 05 2015

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport officials are pleased by the affirmation of the prior “A” rating and stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, based on the Port’s senior-lien revenue refunding bonds and revenue notes.
“We are enthusiastic about the confidence shown by Standard & Poor’s in the Port’s ability to increase operating revenues while decreasing reliance on ad valorem tax revenue,” said Port Freeport Executive Port Director/CEO Glenn Carlson.  “This highly respected ratings service has again placed Port Freeport’s district among the top ranking of seaports.”

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Monday, October 05 2015

Norcross, GA -- Hyundai Forklift today announced the expansion of its geographic footprint and dealer base on the Eastern seaboard with the addition of Modern Group Ltd., headquartered in Bristol, Pa., as its newest authorized forklift dealer. With 70 years in business, the employee-owned Modern Group operates seven locations serving Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City.
“Distribution growth is essential for Hyundai, so we are extremely proud to welcome Modern Group – one of the largest and most respected equipment distributors in the industry – to our network,” said Chuck Leone, Vice President of Hyundai Forklift. “Our customers demand quality equipment and unmatched dealer support, and they’ll get that, and more, with this partnership.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Hyundai Construction Equipment, a company which is a global leader and is positioned for future growth,” said Paul Farrell, CEO, Modern Group. “Their forklift and construction products are world class, and their commitment to quality is second to none.”

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Monday, October 05 2015

AAPA -- In welcoming completion of negotiations toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas – today made the following statement:

“As a long supporter of trade policy based on equity and fairness, AAPA endorses the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement between the United States and its trading partners in the Pacific.

The prosperity of the U.S. is inextricably entwined with that of the rest of the world. We believe this agreement, and others pending, will increase trade and U.S. exports. This increase in trade will provide more jobs in our ports and throughout the nation.

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