PARCA Study Reveals The Shoals Ranks the Top in the State for Producing Work Ready Students

A new study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) found that The Shoals ranks as the top Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Alabama for producing college and career ready high school graduates. The Shoals is home to six school systems that collectively have a higher level of educational success from its K-12 schools than any...
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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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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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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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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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"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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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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