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Chambers County benefits from Governors economic development plan

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala (WRBL) - Chambers County is expected to benefit from Governor Ivey's economic development plan.

John Soules Foods plans to create 500 jobs in Chambers County as it expands its production capacity.

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Commerce on Thursday released the 2017 New & Expanding Industry Report. According to the press release, the automotive and aerospace industries will continue to expand.

“I’m committed to creating high-paying jobs that transform the lives of Alabamians and bring new levels of prosperity to communities across the state,” Governor Ivey said. 

According to a comprehensive report detailing economic development activity in the state last year, companies planning new facilities or expanding existing operations in Alabama, announced nearly 15,500 new jobs and more than $4.4 billion in capital investment during 2017

“For Alabama to continue our recent success of job creation, it’s vitally important that we continue to pursue 21st Century jobs for our people. Momentum is on our side, and I will continue leading the charge in helping every Alabama family achieve their goals," said Governor Ivey

Chambers County was fifth in ranking (with 585 new jobs) when it comes to project-related job creation in 2017. 

  •     Alabama’s economic development efforts resulted in securing 317 projects last year, resulting in 15,465 new and future jobs and $4.41 billion in new capital investment. Those totals exceed 2016’s figures – 14,707 jobs and $4.2 billion in investment.
  •    Jefferson County led all Alabama counties in job growth from 2017 projects, with 2,200 anticipated jobs. Rural Dallas County led in new capital investment in 2017, with $556.2 million.
  •     Alabama attracted foreign direct investment from 16 different countries, generating 3,391 new and future jobs, as well as more than $1.2 billion in investment. South Korea was the top source for jobs, with 1,216 anticipated positions.

The release says the momentum from a solid 2017 in economic development in Alabama has carried over into 2018. 

Alabama has brought in major plants such as the Toyota-Mazda auto assembly plant that will create 4,000 jobs in Huntsville and a Kimber firearms factory that will create 366 jobs in Troy.

“We’re going to be energetically pursuing more of these projects because we want to bring more jobs home to Alabama,” Governor Ivey said.


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