Best of Alabama NewsCenter 2018: Economic development

Best of Alabama NewsCenter 2018: Economic development
From automotive to Amazon, economic development gave a huge boost to Alabama in 2018. (Alabama NewsCenter)

With the start of 2019, it’s a good time to look back on some of the good things that happened in 2018. Alabama NewsCenter has tallied the results in each grouping of stories to see which ones you responded to the most, and we’re sharing your five favorites along with a story (or stories) we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss.

The state’s successes in economic development continued in 2018. Rural Alabama was a big winner as Google kicked off construction of its $600 million data center in Jackson County while in Bibb County automotive supplier MöllerTech opened its $46.3 million plant. That wasn’t the only automotive news as Hyundai started construction on a new engine plant in Montgomery while Mazda-Toyota broke ground on its $1.6 billion auto plant in Huntsville. Bessemer landed the state’s first Amazon distribution center.

There is a good chance that the seeds for the biggest economic development story for 2019 and for years to come were sewn in 2018 with the creation of Opportunity Zones in the state.

Google kicks off construction on $600M Alabama data center

State and local officials join representatives of Google at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s $600 million data center in Jackson County. (contributed)


MöllerTech opens $46.3 million Alabama plant, ramps up hiring

MöllerTech opens its new Alabama plant from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.


Hyundai’s new engine plant, Santa Fe will drive the future of the automaker’s Alabama operations

Hyundai revs up for the future in Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.


It’s prime time in Alabama as Amazon announces massive ‘top-of-the-line’ fulfillment center

Amazon bringing $325 million fulfillment center to Bessemer, creating 1,500 jobs from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.


Mazda-Toyota $1.6B auto plant to create new supplier pull toward north Alabama

A robot turns a shovel of dirt for the official groundbreaking of the Mazda Toyota plant in Huntsville, attended by officials from Mazda, Toyota and Alabama. (contributed)


Editor’s choice: Alabama, Birmingham preparing for economic impact of Opportunity Zones

Alabama and Birmingham stand to benefit from Opportunity Zones from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

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