Alabama History: 14 December 1819: Our state became a state. Happy 199th Birthday, Alabama!
HudsonAlpha secures $3.9 million from National Science Foundation to work toward the crops of tomorrow
Article from HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology:
Another great sign for the economy: Job openings hit an all-time high in August
MSNBC Article: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/16/job-openings-hit-record-7point136-million-in-august.html
29 July 1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law.
Huntsville International Airport announced new service via Frontier Airlines direct flights to Orlando and Denver. Introductory prices start at $39, and flights start in Oct. 2018. Frontier operates multiple Airbus aircraft, whose plant is headquartered in Mobile.
It was an honor to hear Major General Sheryl E. Gordon speak in Huntsville this afternoon to commemorate Armed Forces Week. The adjutant general advises our governor on military affairs and commands over 12,900 members of the Alabama Army and Air National Guard. Thank you, Major General Sheryl Gordon, for your service to Alabamians and our nation. #Our67
National Small Business Week is underway (29 April - 5 May). Thank you to WZDX Fox 54 in Huntsville for showcasing the importance of shopping locally for goods and services.
Fox 54 News Story: http://www.rocketcitynow.com/news/huntsville-kicks-off-national-small-business-week-at-new-vintage-store-located-downtown_20180427191027/1146912947
It has been an honor to serve a six-year term on the Board of Directors for the Heart of the Valley YMCA. Time has flown by. I am blessed to have served with some of the finest people I have ever known.
Thank you to all who support the YMCA's military outreach, Youth in Government, pre-K, Fit to Fight for cancer patients, and all health and wellness programs. We build our community together.
Ivey announces grant to be used toward Huntsville Hospital Health System and Calhoun Community College Nursing Lab
Economic Developer Nicole Jones told the Alabama Political Reporter, “The one million dollar grant demonstrates the State of Alabama’s commitment to workforce development. Grants like this foster partnerships between industry and education and help provide the hands-on, practical experience needed in the nursing profession.”
“Huntsville Hospital is our city’s second largest employer and second largest hospital in Alabama,” Jones added. “It serves as the regional referral center for North Alabama and southern Tennessee. The grant will enable Calhoun Community College to add 48 slots to its clinical program with Huntsville Hospital, which is a significant step toward filling the statewide and nationwide nursing shortage. Ultimately, patients in our community will benefit with access to better quality of care.”
Alabama Political Reporter Article Link: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/02/13/ivey-announces-grant-to-calhoun-college-huntsville-hospital-nursing-lab/
South Huntsville intersection to close for overpass work - Sunday 14 January through Monday 15 January
For Immediate Release - ALDOT - Intersection to close for overpass work
HUNTSVILLE — The Alabama Department of Transportation advises motorists to expect closure of the inside lane of the northbound South Memorial Parkway (U.S. 231/Alabama 53) service road at Byrd Spring Road from about 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, to about 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, for construction activities, if weather permits. The left turn lanes on both service roads will be closed. Eastbound and westbound traffic on Byrd Spring Road will only be allowed to turn right onto the service roads, which may require some motorists to make a U-turn at the next intersection. Traffic signals at the intersection will be in flash mode during this time. Also, expect periodic single-lane closures northbound and southbound between Whitesburg Drive and Martin Road between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 for asphalt placement.
The future Alabama School of Cyber-Technology and Engineering in Huntsville demonstrates Alabama’s commitment to workforce development. Economic development requires partnerships and a willingness to invest in our future. If we continue following these principles, we will continue to witness success stories in Alabama.
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Alabama is growing, and Troy is growing, because companies recognize that we have a quality and skilled workforce, which is the number one criterion firms identify during the site selection process. Read more about the significance of Kimber for Troy and Pike County here:
Alabama made economic history yesterday. Read more about what the Toyota Mazda joint venture plant announcement means for our city, state, and the nation.
Alabama Political Reporter Article: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/01/11/toyota-mazda-build-massive-new-auto-manufacturing-plant-limestone-county/
Cherish the Green Space – A Practical Solution to Urban Redevelopment
By: Nicole Jones, Economic and Commercial Real Estate Developer
Article featured in various local Alabama publications
What do downtown areas need? Simply stated - aesthetics and functionality. To retain interests of residents as well as tourists, visual appeal is indeed necessary. Think about it – if you are walking in a downtown area, where would you like your photograph taken? Amidst lush greenery in a park or next to a pile of gravel? Ponder the concept further - is green space all an urban core needs? Certainly not. Commerce, obviously, is required in day-to-day life. Hence our challenge …
Some of the most exigent dilemmas developers, public officials, and community members face when organizing a downtown area to attract successful enterprises as well as eliminate structures that discourage occupancy. Green spaces help satisfy both elements.
Attractive green areas or plaza areas promote a positive environment both physically and emotionally and entice visitors to gather for events, photography sessions, meetings, and simple midday strolls. Economic development translation: people who spend the day in the park will more than likely spend money at restaurants, shops, and other venues downtown, and the park thus serves as a catalyst that retains people in the downtown core.
Regarding green space, one of our greatest assets in downtown Huntsville is Big Spring Park. Take a stroll and notice the attractive landscaping, crystal clear water, abundance of ducks and colorful fish, historical markers, and friends and families enjoying life. Big Spring Park is a textbook example of a green space that unifies a community and draws people to the heart of our city. Green space, our park, is part of our quality of life.
Thank you to Terri L. French, author of Huntsville Textile Mills and Villages, for presenting to the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society. It was standing-room only. Textile mills and villages played a large role in Huntsville's economic history. #al200 #Our67
Article from Alabama Political Reporter:
“The state of Alabama made economic history today,” Economic developer Nicole Jones said. “Bocar’s selection of Alabama as their first site in the United States demonstrates confidence in our workforce, quality of life, and business climate. The auto-supplier’s future 350,000 square foot plant as well as the creation of over 300 jobs reaffirms our state’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. The sought-after advanced manufacturing jobs will provide wages Alabamians can live on with a worldwide company that invests in its workforce.”
Nicole Jones added, “Today we were honored to hear BOCAR’s story of commitment to family, excellence, human capital, and future generations. We thank BOCAR Group for their investment in Huntsville, Limestone County, and the entire state of Alabama, a presence that highlights the company’s important role in our state’s positioning as a national and global leader in the automotive industry.”
Huntsville Botanical Garden's Galaxy of Lights is one of the largest tourist attractions in the state of Alabama. This Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years season, make sure to look for the annual Nicole Jones rose bouquet at this very special event.
Aerojet Rocketdyne expands in Huntsville, Alabama. Here is a glimpse of what this economic development announcement means for our state, our nation, and the world.
Alabama Political Reporter Article:
GOOD NEWS: Arts and culture is an important part of the economic development process because it helps create a sense of place and enhance our quality of life. I am honored to sponsor Arts Huntsville’s Fall for the Arts, 31 days of visual and performing arts activities around our city.
Thank you, WHNT-19, for covering much-needed positive news this week! You can find a classes or activities around Huntsville every day this month!
Pictured with Melissa Riopka and Daniela Perallon
Article By: Jacob Holmes, Troy Messenger
Troy University officials Thursday formally announced the ‘IDEA Bank,’ an Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Accelerator (IDEA) for the Sorrell College of Business. They also announced their partnership with Troy Bank and Trust on the project, securing a $500,000 donation for the program.
“The bank is always looking for opportunities to support our shareholders in a long and lasting way,” said Jeff Kervin, president and CEO. “This is a way for us to validate that and pass along those ideals. We want to share how to create and run a business and we also want to support Downtown Troy. It was just a natural fit. Our mission is to pass along the things we’ve learned.. This will help numerous students learn first-hand about business, capitalism and entrepreneurship, which is what future generations of business leaders need to know.”
The donation nearly covers the cost the Troy University Foundation gave to purchase the former Regions Bank building on the Square earlier this summer at $535,000. The building will serve as the center for the program, providing a facility that will allow students to experiment with different business and product ideas.
The facility could also be used to house select business majors on its second floor, providing an environment where blossoming business majors work and live together. “We want this to be an application-oriented, experimental program,” said Judson Edwards, dean of the business college. “This building is a big component of that foundation. We want this building to be a learning, living lab. This building is going to be all about doing. We’ve been inspired by what we’ve seen from our students in terms of energy and desire to start their own businesses, and we want to be sure they are getting the support and assistance they need.”
Press Release - Local Economic Developer Nicole Jones first in Huntsville to earn EDAA Leadership Designation
Local Economic Developer Nicole Jones first in Huntsville to earn EDAA Leadership Designation
Economic Developer Nicole Jones is the first in Huntsville and among the first group in the state of Alabama to earn the EDAA Leadership Certificate. The certification is granted by the EDAA Leadership Institute, a partnership between the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and Auburn University’s Government and Economic Development Institute (GEDI). The EDAA Leadership Institute educates and engages economic development-related board members, elected officials, and other community leaders about key issues in economic and community development. Topics covered include workforce development, community development, business and industry marketing and attraction, retail, and strategic planning.
Nicole Jones exclaims, “We are making history in Huntsville and in the entire state of Alabama. When members of a community have the opportunity to collaborate, cities and communities are built. I enjoyed learning from and sharing best practices with colleagues from throughout our state and look forward to using that knowledge to continue to make Huntsville better.” Jones added, “This has been one of the most well-organized and informative professional development opportunities I have ever partaken in. Thank you to everyone who coordinated this effort.”
The 40th Annual Huntsville (Ellen McAnelly Memorial) St. Patrick's Day Parade -
Thank you to everyone who made one of my favorite days of the year so special!
"Who's Responsible for Ditch Maintenance," an article from the City of Huntsville -
The City of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team and Huntsville Utilities have teamed up in the Georgetown campaign, with a strong partner in Huntsville City Schools, whose efforts have been key in both the prize competition and long-term.
“The City Schools have built a lot of new schools and they’ve put all energy-efficient innovations into them,” said Joy McKee, director of Operation Green Team. “They’ve made a huge dent in the amount of energy that is wasted.”
The campaign’s foundation has been the “Take Five” program, through which citizens can make a dent in their power bills and in overall conservation. The five items are:
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