Shoals Economic Development Authority Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

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Washington, DC – Shoals Economic Development Authority (Shoals EDA) won a Silver Rank for Remote Shoals, a project in the category of Innovation Programs and Initiatives of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).The honor was presented today at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is currently underway. "W...
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Community Highlight: the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion

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Here in The Shoals, we are fortunate to have outstanding resources for individuals and businesses alike. One of these resources is the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion at the University of North Alabama. This center shares knowledge and provides an inclusive space for faculty and students at the university and for the community as a whole....
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Rockin' It at the 40th Annual WC Handy Festival

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 The 40th annual WC Handy Festival kicked off this past weekend. Running from July 23 - August 1, the music and arts festival features a staggering list of outstanding performers and events for all ages.  History 'Handyfest' was started with the help of local musicians and the Music Preservation Society to celebrate the cultural lega...
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5 Reasons to Move to The Shoals

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The Shoals is a two-county region in Northwest Alabama that is home to an incredible musical heritage, stunning downtown areas, and many other fascinating attributes. Many people call The Shoals home for different reasons. Maybe they grew up here, have a job in the community or want to be a part of our music scene. No matter the reason, those livin...
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Kith Kitchens announces new Florence, AL manufacturing site

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Florence, Ala. October 27, 2020—Kith Kitchens, an established cabinet manufacturer in Alabama, announced plans to invest approximately $11 million to open a new manufacturing facility in Florence, AL. This high-quality cabinetry producer will create 131 new full-time jobs at their new facility in the Shoals. "A couple of years ago the Shoals EDA de...
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PROJECTXYZ Inc. acquires CBC INGS America LLC in Muscle Shoals

The Shoals Economic Development Authority is proud to announce PROJECTXYZ as one of the newest companies in The Shoals! We're thankful Larry and Kim Lewis of PROJECTXYZ were willing to step in and help retain 100+ jobs here in The Shoals. Their acquisition of CBC INGS America, LLC would not have been possible without their support, as well as the S...
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DURA Automotive Systems selects Muscle Shoals for new manufacturing facility

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 Muscle Shoals, Ala. August 25, 2020- DURA Automotive Systems announced today their plans for a new manufacturing facility in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The Michigan-based automotive supplier will invest $59 million and create 279 new jobs in their new facility that will produce battery trays for electric vehicles. "This project is the culminatio...
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Mike Wolfe of "American Pickers" and community leaders launch new project

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American Picker Mike Wolfe is supporting an effort that anchors the Shoals area to a regional movement designed to showcase the benefits of living and working in small towns. The movement, called "Nashville's Big Back Yard" spotlights 13 rural Middle Tennessee and Northwest Alabama communities, a region anchored by 100 miles of the Natchez Trace Pa...
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The Paycheck Protection Program

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 Paycheck Protection Program- $349 billion available The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan that is designed to help businesses continue to employ their workforce during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Who's eligible? -Any small business that meets SBA's size standards-Any non-profit organization...
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The Economic Injury Disaster Loan

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan- $10 billion available The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EDIL) will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan is designed to help a business meet necessary financial obligations that could have been met had the disaster not occurred. T...
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Tips for Working from Home from Seasoned Remote Workers

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 Due to the practice of social distancing and COVID-19, many workplaces wanting to keep their employees as safe as possible have moved to a remote working environment. Social distancing is a way to help minimize the spread of an illness like the Coronavirus. This includes a six-foot distance between you and another person and avoiding large cr...
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A Saturday Spent at the Helen Keller Festival

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 Written and created by Mackenzie Cottles, Marketing Intern for SEDA Helen Keller is known throughout history as a woman who defied many odds and became wildly successful, even though she was both deaf and blind. Anne Sullivan, Helen's teacher, dedicated herself to finding a way for Helen to communicate the thoughts that ran rapidly through mi...
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Shoals Economic Development Authority Offers Remote Workers $10,000 to Relocate to Northwest Alabama

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Remote Shoals Enter some description here... https://remoteshoals.com/ FLORENCE, Ala. - June 3, 2019 - Starting in June 2019, remote workers in the tech industry may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 to live in—and work from—The Shoals, an area that includes Colbert and Lauderdale counties in Northwest Alabama. The Remote Worker Incentive Progra...
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Introducing the SEDA Blog

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 The Shoals Economic Development Authority is dedicated to creating and retaining business and employment opportunities in Colbert and Lauderdale counties. For more than 30 years, the Authority has helped companies establish a home for economic success in the Shoals, while creating sustainable job opportunities for our community. It's time we ...
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"Collaboration requires you to lead selflessly."

 "Economic Development: Collaborate Regionally or Die," is an insightful blog post from John Longshore. He writes about regions working together instead of against each other, which could be of importance to the Shoals area. Check out his blog at the link below: http://www.iamjohnlongshore.com/economic-development-collaborate-regionally-or-die...
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What is "Economic Development?"

 Economic development is not something you hear about every day. It may take you back to high school where you try to remember exactly what you learned in that economics course you had to take. While economics and economic growth are a major part of economic development, it is not the full story. Economic growth looks almost solely at numbers....
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SEDA's Purpose

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 The History of SEDA  The Shoals Industrial Development Authority (SIDA) was created by an act of Alabama State Legislature in 1986. The unanimous approval of both Lauderdale County and Colbert County elected officials established a single economic development authority, a new mechanism to lead the entire Shoals region to a more diversifi...
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“What are we doing?”

 The goal of this blog entry is to update our community on what we are currently working on in the Shoals and beyond. Workforce/labor analysis is in process from Younger & AssociatesOn-site surveys were conducted at various locations throughout the Shoals this past week.Complete report to be presented mid-Summer.Our staff and board continu...
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What is the Shoals Economic Development Fund and How Does it Work?

The Shoals Economic Development Fund (SEDF) was formed in 2007 with the goal to further support development at the federal and state levels. The Shoals region is one of the only areas in the state that has a fund of this kind. The SEDF is designed to encourage and promote economic growth in Lauderdale and Colbert Counties. Through the recommendatio...
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Construction of Second Speculative Building Complete

 Construction of the the second speculative building in the Shoals is complete. The newest speculative building is 100,000 square feet, expandable to 150,000 square feet, with 36 foot ceiling heights. Conveniently located in Muscle Shoals, the Shoals Research Airpark Speculative Building is adjacent to the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport ap...
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