Best Of Alabama Newscenter 2017: Economic Development

| January 2, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

With the start of 2018, it’s a good time to look back on some of the good things that happened in Alabama in 2017. 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.

Growth in the automotive industry has dominated economic development in Alabama since Mercedes-Benz made its first vehicle in the state in 1997. Mercedes marked the 20th anniversary by announcing a $1 billion new investment in the state that will allow the production of electric vehicles and batteries along with a major logistics hub in Bibb County that will create 429 jobs.

Other automotive announcements dominated economic development news this past year in the state, but so did logistics and building products. Here are the economic development stories our readers were most invested in in 2017:Publix has emerged as a favorite grocer in the state but now it is also a major distributor here. Its 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Jefferson Metropolitan Park in McCalla opened in 2017, creating 300 jobs.

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