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'Roll Tide' rolls over to new C-130 at Maxwell

As the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base continues to welcome new C-130 Hercules aircraft, they said goodbye to "Roll Tide." Montgomery Advertiser

908th Airlift Wing set to receive 8 new C-130 planes

The 908th Airlift Wing received a huge upgrade on Friday in the form of new C-130 planes. The division will receive eight new planes to replace eight older model C-130s that have been in service for 31 years. WSFA 12 News

Call center buys bowling alley, adds 300 jobs

Rick Burley looks around and smiles as he remembers bowling at Brunswick Woodmere Lanes when he was growing up in Montgomery. It’s in bad shape these days, five years after the bowling business moved to Stratford Square. But that’s about to change. Montgomery Advertiser

Call center relocating to old Montgomery bowling alley, creates new jobs

A Montgomery company is breathing new life into an old family fun spot and doubling their staff in the process. WSFA 12 News

LAMP to break ground at One Center

The students of Loveless Academic Magnet School are closer to moving into a new – and larger – space at the One Center. Montgomery Advertiser

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new LAMP facility

Progress is being made on the new Loveless Academic Magnet Program, or LAMP, facility. On Friday, officials broke ground on the new facility. WSFA 12 News

New details on concert, free Maxwell Air Show in April

There will be a lot to do for the thousands of visitors expected to come in April for the return of the Maxwell AFB Open House and Air Show. Live entertainment with Grammy Award-winning Clint Black, the opening weekend of the Montgomery Biscuits, food and more. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Chamber 2016 Success Starts Here tour celebrates expanding industry investment and job creation

A bus full of Montgomery city leaders and businesspeople rolled though west Montgomery on the way to South Boulevard. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Chamber's Success Starts Here Tour

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is thanking businesses in our area. The Chamber held its seventh annual Success Starts Here bus tour today. WSFA 12 News

2016 Success Starts Here Tour Highlights Medical and IT Industry

Montgomery city officials are celebrating the area’s job growth in the 2016 Success Starts Here Tour. Area business leaders joined city officials on a bus tour to businesses leading the way. Alabama News Network

Scorecard: Montgomery 2016 capital investment totals $411M

Montgomery officials said today that the area attracted $411 million in new capital investment this year, with a lion’s share of that total coming from existing businesses. Made in Alabama

Alfa Insurance is first stop on "Success Starts Here" tour

An investment of over $100 million to overhaul and update technology made Alfa Insurance the first stop on the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Success Starts Here” tour today. Alfa

Montgomery in the Top 5 for new F-35s

The wait is almost over to find a home for the new F-35 jets. Montgomery made the top five list. The Air Force announced today that they have narrowed the list of National Guard units in line for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and Montgomery's 187th Fighter Wing made the official cut. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Makes the List for Possible F-35 Fighter Jet Sites

The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is one of five Air National Guard units across the country that is still being considered to become home to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, U.S. Air Force officials have announced. The F-35 is scheduled to someday replace older fighters like the F-16 currently flown by the 187th. Alabama News Network

Montgomery's 187th Fighter Wing a finalist for F-35A

The Air Force has selected the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field Air Guard Station in Montgomery as one of five finalists to be an Air National Guard F-35A Joint Strike Fighter location. Survey teams will now visit the five bases selected as finalists and score them. WSFA 12 News

Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge returns for 25th year

While no one will be hosing down five-alarm blazes at the 25th Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge that begins this week, if they want to win, someone will have to douse the Montgomery Fire team — because it’s on fire. Montgomery Advertiser

World Firefighter Combat Challenge kicks off in Montgomery

This weekend final preparations were made in Montgomery for the 25th annual Scott World Firefighter Combat Challenge. It's the second year the Capital city has hosted this firefighter competition. WSFA 12 News

Montgomery Chamber holds 9th annual Diversity Summit

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce gave its ninth annual Diversity Summit the theme: “The Business of Diversity”. WSFA 12 News

Generational diversity among many topics discussed at the 2016 Diversity Summit

When it comes to the business world, millennials are old news. They’ve been on the job for more than a decade, long enough to start taking on veteran roles once held by Generation Xers. In fact, the next wave of workers — dubbed the iGeneration by some — are now entering the workforce. Montgomery Advertiser

National Experts Speak at Diversity Summit

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Summit was held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center. This year’s theme was “The Business of Diversity: Aligning Your Diversity Strategy with Your Business Strategy”. Gumptown Magazine

100-year-old building will become Springhill Suites

Developers plan to spend $14 million turning an iconic, 100-year-old downtown Montgomery building into a Springhill Suites hotel. The Advertiser first reported in May that the wedge-shaped Bishop-Parker building across from Riverwalk Stadium had been sold and would be turned into a hotel. Developer John Tampa said at a Wednesday announcement that the intention is to offer not just a hotel but “an experience.” Montgomery Advertiser

SpringHill Suites coming to historic downtown Montgomery building

Mayor Todd Strange announced Wednesday afternoon the former Bishop-Parker Warehouse Showroom building will be renovated into a 103-room SpringHill Suites. The historic downtown Montgomery building is located on Coosa Street in the entertainment district near The Alley and Riverwalk Stadium. WSFA 12 News

Hotel to be built in downtown Montgomery

City leaders announced that a new hotel will be built in downtown Montgomery Wednesday. The hotel will be built at the current site of the Bishop Parker building near Riverwalk Stadium. The development is estimated to cost $14 million dollars and will bring over forty full and part time jobs to the River Region. Alabama News Network

AFITC conference a big win for Montgomery

More than 3,500 of the top authorities in cyber power were charged to fortify the future of America’s networks. It was a tall order, but it is one Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, president and commander of Air University, is confident they can achieve by working collaboratively throughout the three-day Air Force IT and Cyberpower conference. Montgomery Advertiser

MPACT breathes new life in old mall

The old Montgomery Mall was given new life again after an official ribbon-cutting opened MPACT to 450 students. Although the ceremony was held on Monday, students have been attending classes for two weeks at Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technology's new space inside the One Center while cosmetic finishes were being completed. Montgomery Advertiser

Students prepare for trades at new MPACT facility

These are just a few of the students who get bussed in every day to attend MPACT. Now that the ribbon is cut and students are in the work centers and classrooms, it’s a special day for principal Marsha Baugh. Alabama News Network

MPS cuts ribbon at MPACT school at old Montgomery Mall

Montgomery Public Schools officially cut the ribbon Monday on their brand new technical high school in the old Montgomery Mall building. MPACT, which stands for Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies, is the first of two schools to open in the old mall. WSFA 12 News

UAB Multispecialty Clinic opens at Baptist South

Montgomery's medical community is expanding and having to drive out of the area to receive care for specialized needs may soon be a thing of the past. Dr Joe Pazona packed up his life and moved across the country to be a part of the new urology team at the UAB Multispecialty Clinic. WSFA 12 News

UAB and Baptist open new clinic in Montgomery

A group of new-to-the-area doctors are now offering specialty care inside a sprawling new Montgomery clinic, the latest side effect of Baptist Health’s ongoing partnership with the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery is Alabama's Best-Run City

National financial website WalletHub's 2016 study of the Best-Run Cities in America ranks Montgomery No. 1 in Alabama. City of Montgomery

Montgomery County leads Alabama major metros in greatest incoming investment

National financial technology company SmartAsset recently released its annual study of counties receiving the greatest amount of investment in their local economies. In Alabama, Montgomery County ranks highest among the state's major metros and third overall. Working together the Chamber, City, County and business community continue to improve the economic well-being of Montgomery.

World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament expected to bring $1.5 million to Montgomery

Pitching horseshoes. You may have played them in the backyard for fun, or as an activity for a picnic. Now, that old favorite is coming to Montgomery on a world stage. Beginning Monday, July 25, nearly 1,000 contestants will gather at Cramton Bowl’s Multiplex for the 2016 World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament. The competition will run through Aug. 6. Admission is free. It is expected to have a $1.5 million economic impact to the Montgomery region, according to local officials. Alabama NewsCenter

German auto supplier to build $37M plant in Montgomery

A German auto supplier plans to build its first North American plant in Montgomery after the city outbid communities across the Southeast to land the company. It’s a big move for Gerhardi, a company that produces things like radiator grilles, handles and chrome trims. All of its current facilities are in Germany. Montgomery Advertiser

New company to invest millions, employ hundreds in Montgomery

A German automotive company is set to invest millions of dollars and bring hundreds of new jobs to the city of Montgomery, officials announced Tuesday. The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce along with state and local leaders announced that Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH has selected the city for the location of its first North American facility. WSFA 12 News

German auto supplier Gerhardi picks Alabama for first U.S. plant

At a groundbreaking ceremony today, German auto supplier Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik announced plans to invest $37.9 million and create 235 jobs in Montgomery to create its first North American manufacturing facility. Made in Alabama

German auto supplier to build first North American plant in Montgomery

German auto supplier Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik announced Tuesday plans to invest $37.9 million building in Montgomery its first North American manufacturing plant. The company will employ 235 workers at its new Montgomery facility. "This is a great opportunity for Gerhardi, and we are very excited," said Gerhardi Managing Director Reinhard Hoffman at a groundbreaking ceremony.

German auto supplier Gerhardi to invest $37 million, create 235 jobs with Montgomery plant

German automotive supplier Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH announced today it will build its first North American manufacturing plant in Montgomery, investing $37.9 million and creating 235 jobs. Alabama News Center

Montgomery leads state in hotel occupancy, increasing demand for new hotels

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange hinted Tuesday that even more new hotels are coming to the capital city. The news comes on the heels of several recent openings and announcements involving new hotels in downtown and on the city's east side. It's Montgomery's high hotel occupancy rate that's attracting developers. At 73%, Montgomery's occupancy rate is higher than any other city in Alabama. WSFA 12 News

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama launches Santa Fe production

Hyundai’s Alabama plant will start mass production of the Santa Fe Sport SUV this week, adding a third vehicle to the automaker’s busy Montgomery assembly lines. The launch is set for Wednesday, and the move will allow Hyundai to meet growing demand for the vehicle amid a strong U.S. market for trucks and SUVs. Made in Alabama

Montgomery and River Region outpacing state, cities in job growth

Economic indicators for the River Region continue a positive trend, according to the latest numbers released by two state agencies. Over 1,000 more Montgomery residents are working and the area’s unemployment rate sank to 5.2 percent in April 2016 – a one percentage point decrease from March and one point below that of the state of Alabama as a whole, according to new data released from the Alabama Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. City of Montgomery

Montgomery's Internet Exchange: Bringing Business Into The MIX

In early 2016, the city of Montgomery and Montgomery County, announced that they were entering into a unique partnership with the State and the Air Force to create Alabama’s first Internet Exchange. The collaboration developed a neutral physical location where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can meet to exchange traffic, rather than routing data 100 or more miles away to Birmingham or Atlanta. The Montgomery Internet Exchange (MIX), has already simplified operations and cut costs for ISPs doing business in Montgomery and attracted interest from new providers. For a relatively small monthly investment, the partners are already seeing results.

Coca-Cola Invests $35 Million in New Montgomery Distribution Center

Tuesday May 10, Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling Company dedicates its new, state-of-the-art $35 million distribution center and warehouse located at 4919 Westport Boulevard in Montgomery, Alabama. As a division of Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. (“Coca-Cola UNITED”) since November of 2014, Montgomery Coca-Cola has added 63 jobs to the workforce and now employs 310 local associates with an annual payroll of approximately $13 million. Alabama News Network

Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling Co. dedicates Montgomery facility

The Montgomery Coca-Cola Bottling Company dedicated its new $35 million distribution center and warehouse in Montgomery on Tuesday. Coca-Cola officials say the 855,000 square foot facility, located at 4919 Westport Boulevard, further enables Montgomery Coca-Cola to provide customer service to over 4,000 customers in the River Region. WSFA 12 News

City toasts $35 million Coke facility

Feel free to have a drink. May 10 is officially Coca-Cola day in Montgomery. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and other city leaders made the proclamation while toasting Coca-Cola United’s new, $35 million distribution center and warehouse near the Montgomery Regional Airport. The company took the wraps off the facility Tuesday, a hub from which it will distribute Coke products across the region. Montgomery Advertiser

Coca-Cola Bottling Company opens new $35 million distribution center, warehouse in Montgomery

Coca-Cola Bottling Company dedicated its new, state-of-the-art $35 million distribution center and warehouse in Montgomery on Tuesday. Montgomery Coca-Cola has added 63 jobs to the workforce since November 2014, and now employs 310 with an annual payroll of approximately $13 million, the company announced.

Montgomery Internet Exchange is up and running

We first told you about the city becoming a site for an internet exchange at the beginning of the year. It's now three months later, and leaders tell us it's up and running. Montgomery is one of just four cities in the southeast, and the only one in the state to be an internet exchange hub. WSFA 12 News

LAMP and BTW ranked top schools in state and score high nationally

LAMP was once again named the best high school in the state, and BTW Magnet is ranked second, according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings. Brewbaker Tech was ranked as the 15th best high school in Alabama. LAMP and BTW were the only high schools in the state to be recognized as national Gold Medal Schools, a status given to schools ranked in the top 500 nationally. Brew Tech was one of 27 high schools in the state awarded Silver Medal status. Montgomery Advertiser

Top Air Force officials join Montgomery leaders for presentation of Altus Award

Montgomery's strong support for the military and education at Maxwell Air Force Base has netted the city the national 2015 Altus Trophy. The trophy was officially presented to city officials Monday night during a ceremony inside the federal courthouse. Mayor Todd Strange, other elected officials, Chamber of Commerce members and ranking military leaders received the award from Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, AETC commander who is head of the joint command over Maxwell/Gunter. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery receives national award for outstanding support of Air Force

The city of Montgomery, Alabama, is the 2015 Altus Trophy winner, formally announced at a short ceremony March 23. The Altus Trophy, also known as the Air Education and Training Command Community Support Award, is presented annually by the Altus, Oklahoma, Chamber of Commerce to a community judged to have shown the most outstanding support to an AETC base. Maxwell Air Force Base

Montgomery Named AETC’s Altus Trophy Winner

The Altus, Okla. Chamber of Commerce yesterday announced the city of Montgomery won the 2015 Altus Trophy during a short ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph, Texas. Alabama News Network

Montgomery lands Altus Trophy for Air Force support, education

Montgomery's strong support for the military and education at Maxwell Air Force Base has netted the city the national 2015 Altus Trophy. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery's February home sales up 26 percent

According to the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service, Montgomery area residential sales totaled 338 units during February, an increase in sales of 26 percent from the same period last year. Alabama NewsCenter

New Business Hub And Free Wi-Fi Coming To Downtown Montgomery

If you’re looking for a place to get your business idea off the ground, the cottage hills community may be an option. A new group is opening its doors to entrepreneurs and hoping to bring new opportunities to Montgomery. Alabama News Network

Free Wi-Fi coming to downtown Montgomery

Free wireless internet is coming to downtown Montgomery starting next month. The first place to go online will be Riverwalk Stadium when the Montgomery Biscuits open the season on April 12, Mayor Todd Strange announced at a technology-laden press conference on Thursday. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery to get high-speed free Wi-Fi downtown, partners with Nextdoor

Montgomery's Department of Public Safety is turning to another form of social media to help keep you safe. Montgomery has partnered with the private social network, Nextdoor. WSFA 12 News

Small and Minority Business Initiative has been successful

After getting his foot in the door, Montgomery small business owner Orlando Cannon said he jumped at any chance to help Foshee Design & Construction work on one of the buildings along Dexter Avenue. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery's year-end home sales are up 12 percent

According to the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service, the Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 344 units during December, an increase in sales of 16 percent from the same period last year. Year-to-date sales rose 12 percent over the same period last year. Alabama News Center

Hyundai Sonata and Elantra production up as plant prepares for Santa Fe

Even while gearing up to start building the Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai’s Montgomery assembly plant built more sedans this January than during the first month of 2015. The plant reported Tuesday that it rolled out 30,802 Sonatas and Elantras last month. That’s nearly 1,500 more than January 2015. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Regional Airport passenger growth continues through 2015

The number of air travelers flying through Montgomery surged last year, according to data provided by the Montgomery Regional Airport. Passenger traffic was up 4 percent for the year. It was the second consecutive year of growth in passenger traffic, the first time that’s happened since the turn of the millennium. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery to become first city in AL to have Internet Exchange

Montgomery is now one of just four cities in the Southeast - and the first in Alabama - with an Internet Exchange, announced city leaders at a news conference Wednesday. The announcement means faster internet connections and a significant economic impact on the River Region and the rest of Alabama. WSFA 12 News

Montgomery Starting the State’s First Internet Exchange

Montgomery city, county and Chamber of Commerce leaders, as well as business and military officials have announced that the city will launch the state’s first Internet exchange, which will be one of only four in the Southeast. This exchange is part of what’s called the Montgomery Cyber Connection, which organizers say will spark economic development, research and other innovation statewide. Alabama News Network

New hub to turbocharge Montgomery's Internet speeds

Internet speeds are expected to increase for many Central Alabama customers with the roll out of a new central hub in Montgomery. Until now, everything from emails to Netflix videos were routed through a similar hub in Atlanta. Now, all of that can come from servers at the RSA Data Center in the Capital City. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Cyber Connection will provide technology boost

Officials today unveiled an initiative called the Montgomery Cyber Connection that will permit blazing-fast Internet speeds, positioning the region for growth in the technology sector and fueling economic growth. Made in Alabama

Montgomery Cyber Connection

It's being touted as a rival to Hyundai in its economic significance to the River Region.  The Montgomery Cyber Connection was announced Wednesday by state, county, city and military leaders. WVAS 90.7 FM

Montgomery to get first Internet Exchange in Alabama, fourth in the southeast

Montgomery is getting an investment in connectivity that's a first for Alabama. Officials announced Wednesday a partnership to establish the Montgomery Cyber Connection, the state's first Internet Exchange.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Production Coming to Montgomery

Hyundai has announced the addition of the Santa Fe Sport to the production schedule at the company’s Montgomery plant starting in the summer. In a statement, the company says this change will supplement existing U.S. production of the sport utility vehicle to meet the growing demand. Alabama News Network

Hyundai Santa Fe production returning to Montgomery

It's been more than than five years since the Santa Fe SUV was built at Montgomery's Hyundai plant, but that will soon change. Hyundai officials announced Thursday afternoon that production of the vehicle is moving back to Alabama's capital city. WSFA 12 News

Hyundai to build Santa Fe Sport in Montgomery

Hyundai will start building Santa Fe Sport crossover vehicles at its Montgomery assembly plant this summer, part of a push by the automaker to gain a better foothold in an SUV-hungry market. Montgomery Advertiser

Hyundai to build SUVs in Alabama again

Hyundai's Montgomery factory will begin producing the Santa Fe Sport SUV this summer, the Korean automaker announced today. The move will supplement existing U.S. production of the model and is aimed at meeting growing market demand for SUVs, said Robert Burns, a spokesman for Hyundai's Montgomery plant.

Meet the Montgomery Chamber's 2016 Chairman Bruce Crawford

Bruce Crawford is the Montgomery president for one of the biggest banks in the nation, but even he is humbled by the responsibility of his latest post. Crawford will be the face of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce for the next year, overseeing its efforts to recruit businesses and move the city forward as the chair of its board of directors. He replaces Baptist Health CEO Russ Tyner. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Chamber shares exciting cyber news at IT Forum

A city-led effort to connect state and military institutions could be about to supercharge your home Internet service. New servers in downtown Montgomery will store the most popular Internet content – from full movies to simple Google searches. Once they go online next month, they’ll take a chunk of the traffic burden away from providers who connect to them. Montgomery Advertiser

Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast shares exciting news for Montgomery at the Chamber's 143rd Annual Meeting

The Air Force is reinventing itself with the help of a booming business right in our own backyard, the business of cyber security. Military leaders briefed the Montgomery Chamber about this ever-changing landscape during their 143rd annual meeting Tuesday. City leaders say ‘cyber’ is the next generation of economic development and ground zero for this new wave of defeating our enemies is right here in Montgomery. WSFA 12 News

Expanding industries featured on Chamber Success Starts Here tour

During a year filled with speculation about a new automotive plant in the Montgomery area, the businesses that are already here fueled the city’s economic engine with a series of often under-the-radar expansions. On Friday, city officials spotlighted those expansions - along with a few 2015 arrivals. They showcased 20 companies that created a total of 1,418 jobs over the year while investing $147 million in their Montgomery operations. Montgomery Advertiser

Hubs of Commerce New and Expanding

The Montgomery Chamber's Diversity Summit is highlighted as a best practice among Alabama Chambers of Commerce. Business Alabama

Ten names making it happen

The Montgomery Chamber is honored to be named among those making it happen in the River Region. Congratulations to our members who also made the list! Montgomery Advertiser

$4M building, site work may lure jobs to Montgomery Industrial Park

Site work is underway for a new, $4.2 million building at Montgomery Industrial Park to lure new businesses. But what’s going on behind the scenes may be even more important to the park’s future as a job magnet for central Alabama. The park has been certified as AT&T Fiber Ready, meaning any companies that locate there are assured high-speed data services. At the same time, it landed an AdvantageSite designation, certifying that the site has been prepped for industry development. Montgomery Advertiser

Major upgrades announced for Montgomery Industrial Park

Key upgrades are being announced for the Montgomery Industrial Park in an effort to make it one of the top sites for business and industry in the Southeast, the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday. Chamber officials were joined by AT&T representatives, as well as the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and elected city and county leaders, to announce three upgrades. WSFA 12 News

Groundbreaking held for new MPACT campus

City, county and school leaders gathered with MPS students Thursday to break ground on the Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies campus at the One Center. It won't be old for long as a pending contract will start construction on the site, which was the site of the Montgomery Mall on East South Boulevard, within the next few weeks and is expected to be completed before the next school year. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery firefighters earn second world championship

The Montgomery Fire and Rescue team won its second straight World Firefighter Combat Challenge in downtown Montgomery on Saturday. The members of this year's championship team include: Lee Julian, Harry Brown, Jake Lanier, Christian DeAlba and Denver Thompson. WSFA 12 News

AUM College of Business receives national recognition

The Princeton Review has named Auburn Montgomery College of Business to its 2016 list of the best business schools in the nation. The ranking was based on the feedback of nearly 42,000 business students across the nation, with the college being praised for its affordability and academic reputation. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Area residential sales in August up 13 percent from prior year

According to the MAAR MLS, the Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 415 units in August, an improvement in sales growth of 12.8 percent from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of August since 2007.

New small business incentives approved

The Alabama Public Service Commission during its Oct. 6 meeting unanimously approved two small business incentives aimed at strengthening and growing the Alabama economy by encouraging investments and creating jobs. The two incentives officially approved by the PSC are the Community Redevelopment Incentive (CRI) and the Economic Development Incentive (EDI). Both will benefit new and expanding Alabama Power customers. Birmingham Business Journal

Experts: Differences are strengths

Hamlin Grange had just the right analogy to describe the importance of diversity to a sold-out crowd of business and government leaders in an area suddenly humming with auto industry growth. “If you’re not operating on all six cylinders, you’re not going to be able to make the journey effectively,” said Grange, president of DiversiPro Inc. “Yeah, you can run on four cylinders, but it’s going to be kind of a choppy ride.” It was a theme that ran throughout the daylong Diversity Summit in downtown Montgomery: the importance of embracing differences in order to find success. Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama ranked a top state for doing business

Site selection professionals surveyed by national publication Area Development once again ranked Alabama in the top five states for doing business, citing its strong labor climate and workforce development programs. Alabama ranked No. 5 in Area Development’s 2015 “Top States For Doing Business” analysis, appearing this week online. It’s the sixth consecutive year that Alabama has placed in the overall top 5 in the publication’s rankings. Made in Alabama

AUM named one of best colleges in the Southeast

Auburn Montgomery is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The university was one of 139 institutions in twelve Southeastern states named to the "Best in Southeast" list for 2015. To compile the list, The Princeton Review collects data from students. Montgomery Advertiser

Cyber College will have huge benefits for Montgomery and the River Region

Two days after officially opening the latest expansion at Air University’s new Cyber College, military and elected leaders gathered Friday at Maxwell Air Force Base to talk about how the college will shape the future of the nation and of the River Region. The center is a virtual institution using cyber curriculum from Air Force colleges across the country to identify and find solutions to security threats and hacks. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Area residential sales in July up 31% from prior year

According to the MAAR MLS, the Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 482 units in July, an improvement in sales growth of 31.0 percent from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of July since 2007. Year-to-date sales through July are up 14.9 percent from 2014.

City of Montgomery receives 'Public Private Innovation Award'

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama has awarded Montgomery the Public Private Innovation Award due to the city's recycling efforts. The city is being recognized as one of the state's top innovators in the areas of job creation and technology that solves local and global needs. WSFA 12 News

Montgomery Regional Airport sees continued growth

With July's numbers in, the Montgomery Regional Airport announced a record streak of flyers. The airport has seen 13 months of consecutive growth compared to last year, a first since 2005. "We recently rolled out a website, and we've provided a lot of tools and awareness to individuals," said Chip Gentry with Montgomery Regional Airport. WSFA 12 News

Hyundai's economic impact on Alabama soars

Over the course of five years, the economic impact of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery has gone up nearly $1 billion, the company announced. According to a recent economic impact study conducted by M. Keivan Deravi of Auburn University at Montgomery, the company and its suppliers generated a total of $4.82 billion for Alabama’s economy in 2014, up from the company’s $3.8 billion impact reported in a study conducted in 2010. Montgomery Advertiser

Hyundai’s Alabama economic impact: $4.82 billion in 2014

Hyundai’s Alabama auto assembly plant and its supplier network generated a total impact approaching $5 billion in 2014 while also accounting for more than 12,600 direct jobs across the state, according to an analysis released today. Made in Alabama

Hyundai's Economic Impact Report: $2.4 billion for Montgomery

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce shared the economic impact report with the city and county officials. Hyundai has made a $4.8 billion impact to Alabama's economy and $2.4 billion impact to Montgomery's economy. Alabama News Network

New study shows Hyundai has $4.8 billion economic impact in Alabama

Hyundai's auto assembly plant in Montgomery and its network of suppliers generated a $4.8 billion economic impact in Alabama during 2014, according to a new study released today by the Korean automaker.

Construction to begin on Perry Hill Crossing development

A new development is ready for construction in an area that hasn't gotten much attention in recent years. At the corner of Perry Hill Road and Atlanta Highway, a new shopping center will soon be going up and businesses are already committed to moving in. WSFA 12 News

Montgomery Hyundai plant sets production record

Montgomery workers built more Hyundai cars in July than any other month in the assembly plant's 10-year history. The plant rolled out 37,989 of the company's two top-selling vehicles last month. The previous monthly record was 37,764 in August 2013. Montgomery Advertiser

Business Facilities: Alabama ranks high for auto manufacturing, workforce development

Alabama got high marks for “Automotive Manufacturing Strength” and AIDT, Alabama’s workforce development agency, ranked high among “Workforce Training Leaders” in Business Facilities magazine’s annual rankings report, released this week. Record output at Alabama’s three auto assembly plants underlined the state’s No. 2 ranking in the magazine’s “Auto Manufacturing Strength” category. Made in Alabama

300 new jobs, $1M expansion at call center

Less than a month after a global call center company announced a new hub and 500 jobs in Montgomery, a second call center company has announced a major expansion and said it plans to hire 300 more workers here. Expert Global Solutions has already started hiring for its 4520 Executive Park Drive expansion, adding leadership positions and agents. Montgomery Advertiser

Call Center Brings 300 New Jobs To Montgomery

The city of Montgomery was very excited to have EGS expand their operation. In addition to the 300 new jobs, the company will also invest about one million dollars in their current call center. Alabama News Network

300 jobs coming to City of Montgomery

Three hundred new jobs are coming to the city of Montgomery, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and local leaders announced Wednesday. Expert Global Solutions (EGS) announced the expansion of its offices in the city which include a $1 million capital investment. WSFA 12 News

Expert Global Solutions expanding Montgomery operation, hiring 300

Expert Global Solutions plans to invest $1 million to expand its existing Montgomery operations, the company announced today. The expansion includes the addition of 300 new jobs at its Montgomery office, located at 4520 Executive Park Drive, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce released.

Montgomery's June residential sales up 9 percent; Year-to-date sales up 12 percent

According to the MAAR MLS, the Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 404 units in June, an improvement in sales growth of 9.2 percent from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of June since 2007. Year-to-date sales through June are up 11.7 percent from 2014.

Montgomery Biscuits featured on the Today Show

The crew of the "Today Show" gave a big shout-out to the Montgomery Biscuits on this morning's "Today Show." The crew stood outside their studios surrounded by fans of the show as they unboxed Biscuits swag and chowed down on flaky biscuits. Al Roker donned a Biscuits' biscuit-shaped hat and passed out food to the crowd. Montgomery Advertiser

Now hiring: Over 500 jobs coming to Montgomery

When international call center giant SYKES Enterprises decided to open a new customer service hub, one of the top priorities was to find a place with friendly people. Montgomery Advertiser

500 jobs expected as SYKES Enterprises opens Montgomery customer support center

A new customer support center will be built in East Montgomery and is expected to create more than 500 jobs, according to an announcement made Thursday morning by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and SYKES Enterprises. The jobs will come online over a 3-year period. WSFA 12 News

SYKES Enterprises Bringing More Than 500 Jobs to Montgomery

SYKES Enterprises, Inc. officials have announced plans to open a new customer support center in east Montgomery at 201 Technacenter Dr. The announcement came at a news conference with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, company officials and city and county leaders. Alabama News Network

SYKES to bring 500 jobs to Montgomery. Here's how to apply

SYKES Enterprises is set to open a new customer service support center in east Montgomery by September and hire 500 workers over three years, officials announced today.

Passenger numbers continue to rise as airport debuts new website and updated baggage claim area

How much is your time worth? The Montgomery airport has rolled out a website packed with new features, including a "true cost" calculator that compares fares from Montgomery, Birmingham and Atlanta. It incorporates gas costs, parking fees and "time value" based on your annual salary. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery's May residential sales up 20 percent; Year-to-date sales up 12 percent

According to the MAAR MLS, the Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 426 units in May, an improvement in sales growth of 19.7 percent from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of May since 2007. Year-to-date sales through May are up 12.3 percent from 2014.

Parade of Homes another indication of Montgomery's residential sales growth

The floors are from Dothan. The tile is from Florence. The brick is from Montgomery. Builder Jim Mathews smiles as he points out the details in the spacious and modern "All American Home" in the Woodland Creek development. It's a house constructed entirely from products made in America, many of them from Alabama. Yet it feels as much like a celebration of the resurgent home-buying industry as an ode to the nation's craftsmen. Montgomery Advertiser

Maxwell's new Cyber College a huge plus for Montgomery

Failings in cybersecurity have made national headlines in both the private sector and government and Maxwell Air Force Base wants to curb those virtual insecurities by launching a revolutionary Air Force Cyber College in September. It could also mean thousands of dollars of revenue for Montgomery, giving it the potential to become a hub for cyber education. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Fire and Rescue wins again

The Montgomery Fire and Rescue Team took home first place in the Fire Fighter Challenge relay in Tyler, Texas on Sunday for the third year in a row. WSFA

Montgomery Chamber among 10 groups and individuals Making it Happen in the River Region

The Montgomery area is a hotbed of companies, industry leaders and entrepreneurs who are changing what it means to live and work in central Alabama. Here are 10 entities that help to craft that future and reshape life as a whole in the River Region. Montgomery Advertiser

New apartment construction is good news for Montgomery

Hundreds of new apartments are about to become available in Montgomery, highlighting growth across the city. In downtown alone, 200 new units will be completed in a matter of months as part of a massive revitalization effort that continues to create momentum. WSFA

Montgomery's Dexter Parsonage Museum named one of the South's best historic attractions

The former home of Martin Luther King, Jr. has been named one of the top historic Southern attractions following an online contest that concluded last week. The Dexter Parsonage Museum was recently ranked 8th in the "Best Historic Southern Attraction" contest by, a travel website sponsored by USA Today. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery's April residential sales up 15 percent - best April sales since 2007

According to the MAAR MLS, the Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 342 units in April, an improvement in sales growth of 15.2 percent from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of April since 2007. Year-to-date sales through April are up 9.9 percent from 2014.

Hyundai has been good for Montgomery, state

The powerful transformative effect the $1.7 billion Hyundai plant has had on the Montgomery area can't be overstated. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has impacted the region's economy, education systems and its social and cultural life in beneficial ways and is only poised to grow that imprint. Montgomery Advertiser

Hyundai's impact on Montgomery and the state over the last 10 years has been huge

Exactly 10 years ago today, former President George H.W. Bush took the stage at Hyundai’s new Alabama plant for a splashy grand opening ceremony. Chairman M.K. Chung was on hand for the celebration, along with top state officials. At one point, Korean pop sensation Elec Cookie delivered a rendition of Oh Susanna, the old-time standard that begins: “I came from Alabama with a banjo on my knee.” Made in Alabama

Montgomery makes Southern Business & Development's Top 10 list of the best downtowns

Rich in history, Southern hospitality and exciting attractions, downtown Montgomery and its riverfront have become one of the South’s must-see travel destinations. Revitalization of the area began in the late 1990s, leading to more than $1.5 billion of public and private investment in downtown redevelopment. As a result, old commercial spaces have transformed into swanky residential lofts, and the cornerstone of the entertainment district, The Alley, is home to vibrant nightlife, eateries, galleries and more. Southern Business & Development

Montgomery's new bike rental program expected to increase tourism

Montgomery residents will have another mode of transportation at their fingertips with the arrival of a bicycle rental service. On Monday, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau (MCVB) unveiled the "Capital Cool Cruisers," bike rental program, which currently consists of four bicycles that are available for use at the Montgomery Visitor Center on Water Street. Montgomery Advertiser

River Region's Jasmine Hill Gardens one of only seven statewide selected for Alabama Garden Trail

One of the seven botanical wonders of the state is right here in the River Region. Jasmine Hill Gardens in Wetumpka is one of seven gardens statewide to be featured in Alabama Tourism's new "Alabama Garden Trail" brochure and on the companion website. "We're thrilled over it," said Jim Inscoe of Wetumpka, who owns and oversees Jasmine Hill Gardens with his wife, Elmore Inscoe. "This is good promotion, and I think this will result in more bus tours to Alabama." Montgomery Advertiser

Sales of Montgomery-made Elantra and Sonata help Hyundai achieve best ever April sales

Hyundai on Friday reported the best April sales in company history, its fifth consecutive month of setting a new monthly sales record. It sold just over 68,000 vehicles last month, a three percent increase over last April. “For six years in a row we’ve set April sales records going into the spring selling season,” said Bob Pradzinski, HMA’s vice president of national sales. Montgomery Advertiser

Passenger traffic at Montgomery Regional Airport continues to rise

You could say that officials with the Montgomery Regional Airport are on cloud nine. Since the summer of 2014 there has been a steady increase in travelers flying in and out of the airport. WSFA 12 News

Travelers spent more than $700 million in Montgomery in 2014

The tourism totals are in for 2014 and the news couldn't be better for the River Region. The Alabama Tourism Dept. runs the numbers each year based on overnight hotel stays. Lodging tax collections are the best way to gauge the economic impact of the tourism industry, said Brian Jones, director of public relations for the state agency. Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery's March 2015 residential sales were best March sales since 2008

Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 346 units in March, an improvement in sales growth of 7.8 percent from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of March since 2008. Year-to-date sales through March are up 8.0 percent from 2014.

New businesses open on East Boulevard and more are coming

A $2.5 million car wash plans to open on East Boulevard this week. Beside it, the framework is nearly finished for a new standalone Starbucks. And one of the area's business leaders says there's a lot more growth on the way. Montgomery Advertiser

First Alabama-NASA supplier conference was a success

Standing beside photos of the red planet, NASA officials made it clear Wednesday that they're aiming high and that Montgomery businesses can come along for the journey. "While NASA's going to Mars, our trip to Mars is going to be successful because of Alabama," said Johnny Stephenson of the Marshall Space Flight Center. "I'd like to see some of these companies here today participating and supporting us on the trip." Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery Chamber hand-delivers plaques to members

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off a member appreciation campaign Thursday during which they hand-delivered plaques to all of the Chamber's nearly 1,800 members. Montgomery Advertiser

Hyundai breaks March sales record

Hyundai announced Wednesday that it broke its all-time monthly sales record in March, even as the pace of sales growth slowed across much of the industry. American sales topped 75,000 vehicles last month, up 12 percent year over year, Hyundai said. The Elantra sedan led the way with record sales of nearly 29,000. Montgomery Advertiser

Central in Montgomery is one of Alabama's best restaurants

One local restaurant has made a name for itself outside the state. Central, located at 129 Coosa St., was named one of the three best restaurants in Alabama by the popular South Carolina food blog Charleston Food Bloggers. The website has a list of the three best restaurants from Southern states such as Florida, Kentucky and Louisiana. Montgomery Advertiser

Exciting things are happening on Dexter Avenue

About a year ago, a group of downtown developers got together at the new Irish Bred Pub in Montgomery for a dinner sponsored by a new player on the scene. New York-based MarJam Supply Co. had just bought a block of long-abandoned historic buildings on lower Dexter Avenue with plans for new retail and residential projects. MarJam was willing to share those plans. But they may have been surprised to find that competing local developers at the dinner were also willing to share the details of their own plans and eager to help each other any way they could.   Montgomery Advertiser

Montgomery residential sales up 5.5 percent in February

Montgomery Area residential sales totaled 269 units in February, an improvement in sales growth of 5.5 percent from the same period last year. Year-to-date sales through February are up 8.2 percent from 2014.

Conner Industries is expanding

The first Conner Industries facility in Alabama is up and running in east Montgomery off Smothers Road and will hold a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. on March 24. Conner is a national wood packaging supplier with 13 plants from Texas to Virginia, plant manager Bryan Welch said. "We specialize in the design and manufacture of wood shipping crates, skids and pallets," Welch said. "All of our products are customer-specific. The Montgomery plant service area covers approximately a 100-mile radius." Montgomery Advertiser

Downtown Montgomery adding eateries

Irish Bred Pub General Manager Chris McBride laughs when he's asked whether he's worried about all of the competition he's about to have from new restaurants along Dexter Avenue. "I've been asked that at least 50 times, and every time my answer is pretty much the same," McBride said. "What if the first guy that owned a restaurant on Bourbon Street in New Orleans didn't get competition? One restaurant on Bourbon Street doesn't make Bourbon Street. "What we want to do is make the street the destination." Montgomery Advertiser


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