Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Of Conventions and Expanding Economy aka Jams & Jobs

A possible new convention could be headed to Huntsville if the stars align.  This time around the convention will be the 2013 Social Media Tourism Symposium.  The event planners currently have a facebook competition to determine where the event will be held.  Huntsville currently had the lead in the preliminary voting, but now they have pit city against city in a tournament style.  Huntsville will be put up against flatland's own Indianapolis.  Didn't even know they had a major tech center there?

Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Judy Ryals says an estimated $180,000 could come into the local economy.  While this is not a big number, it does provide more exposure and evidence for Huntsville to be one of the leading tech centers in the nation.

To Vote for Huntsville in the Social Media Tourism Symposium Event on Facebook!!

The economy of Madison County is continuing to expand as 6 new companies opened: Alphaport Inc,
Genocent, IDAir, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Transomic Technologies, and Usfalcon.  Combining these with the expanding counties the total employment growth of new and expanding companies are 1,346 jobs and $236,077,749 worth of investment.

The REPORT for all counties in Alabama including new and expanding companies.

Today's Tidbit:  Growth occurs when employees create new companies because they can believe they can do better.  It occurs when conventions come into the city and visitors realize what a great place they're coming to.  It happens when word of mouth spreads from visitors and our own local populace when they visit other places in the nation.  Growth in the Huntsville Alabama Metro Area doesn't just happen.  It happens because we have great quality of life, people willing to take a chance and start new businesses, and local people who have a vision to create, imagine, and build.

Huntsville Metro Area Homes