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2017 Looks Bright for Marshall County

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New addition at TSTECH Alabama, completed in 2016 The New Year is always a time of reflection and planning, a time to look back and a time to look forward.  2016 was a great year in so many respects for Marshall County.  Newman Technology in Albertville announced an expansion.  Umicore in Arab completed a major upgrade...
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TSTECH Alabama Breaks Ground on $24M Expansion – Adding 94 Jobs

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On Friday, August 28 th , TSTECH Alabama broke ground on a new building that will attach to its existing facility in Boaz.  Currently, TSTECH employs 650 and manufactures all the seats for the Honda Odyssey that is built in Lincoln, Alabama.  This new expansion will allow TSTECH to manufacture...
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I’m Fed Up With The Click-Baiters!

I write this blog post from my hardened bunker at the Marshall County Economic Development Council also known as the Mattcave!  I am surrounded by six bodyguards. They are all ex-special forces with attitudes, our building has 14” reinforced concrete walls and we have a small armory down the hall. ...
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The Economic Developer in All of Us! - A column by Matt Arnold that recently ran in the Advertiser Gleam

The Economic Developer in All of Us! By Matt Arnold I often get told how interesting my job must be and that people are fascinated by what economic developers do.  Most times, the economy notwithstanding, I totally agree.  I am blessed to be in a unique profession for which I...
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Why it is good news that our unemployment rate rose slightly in May?

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Every third Friday of the month, there is a ritual at the MCEDC office.  Check labor.alabama.gov and see what the local and state unemployment rate has done.  The Alabama Department of Labor publishes these numbers for the previous month generally on the third Friday.  The unemployment rate is one of...
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Fishing for MONEY!

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Bassmaster Elite kicked off this morning and it will no doubt prove to be one of the finest and most exciting events of 2015 for Marshall County!  Tourism is a essential part of economic development for any community.  It can be the economic driver for many communities.  That certainly would...
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Incentives: Why they are important!

There has been much discussion in the past few weeks about Alabama's new proposed incentive package.  Earlier this month, Governor Bentley led his State of the State Address by laying out the need for incentive reform.  Essen tially what it boils down to is competitiveness.  Years ago, when Alabama was...
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#MARSHALLMADE is Here!

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What is  #MARSHALLMADE ?   For years we have been telling people what a great place Marshall County, Alabama is to do business.  However, the proof is always in the pudding.  Earlier this year, the MCEDC board approved an idea to move forward with the construction of a gallery at...
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MCEDC: A Little History (Part 3 of 3)

As the 2000s rolled on, the MCEDC kept focused on its mission of recruiting and retaining jobs in Marshall County.  After a comprehensive Capital Fundraising Campaign that wrapped up in 2001, the organization had the private funding to take on a new roll in the community:  Workforce Development.  Workforce Development...
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MCEDC: A Little History (Part 2 of 3)

In 1994 the Marshall County Economic Development Council was organized and incorporated. Later that year, funding was established by legislative act. The board, headed by Mike Alred, began the arduous task of making a viable organization and beginning work.  In 1995, the first staff members were hired and hit the...
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MCEDC: A Little History (Part 1 of 3)

In the mid-1990s, a group of people began meeting with the goal of forming a countywide economic development organization in Marshall County.  Actually, the story goes back a little further.   Even back in the 1980s, progressive leaders had openly discussed the need for a countywide group.  The first effort in...
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Why an Economic Development Blog?

Over the past few months I began reviewing trends in economic development in preparation for the launch of the new website.  One thing I know I noticed was that many Economic Development Agencies, Chambers of Commerce and Tourism Bureaus were incorporating blogs to actively discuss issues and activity.  Years ago,...
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Marshall County Economic Development Council
2208 Ringold Street, Suite    1-A   |   Guntersville,    AL    35976   |   256-582-5100   |   info@marshallteam.org