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Three Alabama economic development projects selected for publication’s top awards

Jessa Reid Bolling

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Trade and Industry Development, a leading publication dedicated to site selection for business, named three Alabama projects as winners of its top 2019 economic development awards.

The Alabama projects were among a total of 30 projects across the nation awarded the magazine’s 2019 Corporate Impact/Community Impact (CiCi) Awards.

These CiCi Awards follow an active year in Alabama’s economic development, with various companies announcing new facilities and expansion projects in Alabama totaling $8.7 billion in new capital investment, a new annual record for the state. 

The Alabama projects selected by Trade & Industry Development are Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, Facebook’s data center in Huntsville and Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer. 

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA’s $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Huntsville, currently under construction, will create up to 4,000 jobs and build Alabama’s position in the global auto industry.

Facebook’s $750 billion data center in Huntsville will create 100 high-paying jobs and aid Alabama’s recruitment efforts in the technology sector.

Amazon’s $325 million fulfillment center in Bessemer will create 1,500 jobs and provide a scholarship program for workers at Amazon’s first Alabama fulfillment center.

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These projects are anticipated to create 17,026 jobs across Alabama. 

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Governor Kay Ivey said that Alabama will continue to pursue economic development projects that lift up families and communities. 

“Great companies from around the world recognize that Alabama is the ideal destination to carry out their growth plans because of the many advantages we can offer them,” Ivey said. 

Trade & Industry Development said this is the 14th year it has honored projects around the country that promise to help shape their local communities through extensive capital investment or significant community impact.

 

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