SES Expansion to Create 450 New Jobs in Huntsville, Alabama

Big News.jpg. Digital Image. TVA Image.Science and Engineering Services (SES) has announced a nearly $70 million expansion of its manufacturing operation in Huntsville, Alabama. The expansion will result in the creation of 450 new jobs.

SES is a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for airplanes, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and ground combat systems.

The expansion of hanger bays and office space at the largest of its four Huntsville facilities will bring combined hanger, manufacturing and integration space in Huntsville to more than 1.3 million square feet. The expansion will increase SES’ Huntsville workforce from 750 to 1,200. (more…)

VW Announces Major Expansion – 2,000 More Jobs for Chattanooga

Big News.jpg. Digital Image. TVA Image.Volkswagen has announced plans to enlarge its only U.S. manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding a new midsize SUV line and more than 2,000 new jobs.

At the same time, Volkswagen’s commitment to the TVA region deepened with announcement of creation of the new National Research and Development and Planning Center for project coordination in the North American market.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant, which opened in 2011, has had an enormous effect on the city’s economy. “Volkswagen is one of Chattanooga’s largest and most valued employers,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “They have brought 12,400 living-wage jobs to our region, employed Chattanoogans and helped build our middle class. This expansion will result in a huge capital investment and thousands of new jobs.” (more…)

Announcing a New Professional Learning Lab Webinar Series: Monetizing Economic Development

TVA_ED_TVW_TypeTVA has an affiliation with the Professional Learning Laboratory, a network of professional economic development trainers and their guests, who offer webinars on topics specifically designed for the economic development practitioner, their staff, and supporters. The webinars are offered at a discount for individuals or groups through the TVA registration link below.

Webinar:  Monetizing Economic Development

Presented and hosted by:  Dean Whittaker, Whittaker Associates, Inc.

Panelists: Mark Waterhouse, Garnet Consulting Solutions, Inc. and Sharon Younger, Younger Associates, Inc.

Date:  Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time:  1:00 P.M. Central; 2:00 P.M. Eastern

Run Time: 90 minutes (60 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A)

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Winning Profiles Can Win More Business

Look Here - Small Flag on a Map Background.Think about all the changes – the many different trends and technologies – economic developers have witnessed. Jobs and investment recruiters don’t have to be in the industry long to appreciate how quickly it morphs.

In digital branding and marketing, change is especially constant. Every day, a new app, a new advertisement, a new data aggregator promises to get prospects’ attention.

These “latest and greatest” gadgets and widgets compete for your dollars and time.

Things can get dizzying.

So, this week, let’s step back and explore an older marketing tool.

It’s the community profile.

The community profile is an important tool in your marketing kit. Think of the profile as a story. It unites all a location’s business advantages into a cohesive package.

And, just as every story needs certain elements, so too does the community profile. (more…)

Announcing a New Professional Learning Lab Webinar Series: Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: Pathway to Prosperity Webinar

TVA_ED_TVW_TypeTVA has an affiliation with the Professional Learning Laboratory, a network of professional economic development trainers and their guests, who offer webinars on topics specifically designed for the economic development practitioner, their staff, and supporters. The webinars are offered at a discount for individuals or groups through the TVA registration link below.

Webinar:  Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: Pathway to Prosperity Webinar

Presented by:  Don Macke and Deborah Markley, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Moderated by: Eric P. Canada, Blane, Canada Ltd.

Date:  Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Time:  1:00 P.M. Central; 2:00 P.M. Eastern

Run Time: 90 minutes (60 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A)

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