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DeKalb County Economic Development Authority (DCEDA) recruits new businesses and provides ongoing support for existing businesses located in DeKalb County.

Steven Stiefel | Times-Journal | Apr 9, 2021

Pictured are DeKalb Economic Development Director Jimmy Durham and Ken Chandler, VP of Operations & Supply Chain for Environmental Solutions Group, Heil Co.’s parent company.

The Fort Payne City Council returned to live meetings on April 6 and approved a resolution to grant a tax abatement to Heil Co. so the company can move forward with plans to modernize locally.

DeKalb Economic Development Director Jimmy Durham said Heil has been a great corporate citizen since arriving in 1973. The company now wants to invest $42.3 million and sought the abatement of $430,000 in non-educational taxes. The Council passed the resolution authorizing Mayor Brian Baine to enter into the agreement.

“Fort Payne and Heil have had a really…

State incentivizing the consumer transition away from fossil fuels

Steven Stiefel: Times-Journal Jun 18, 2021

Fort Payne is among 18 Alabama communities that will see the installation of electric vehicle charging stations near interstates and other major highways following the awarding of $4.1 million in grants to fund up to 80% of the cost. Many of the planned charging stations are along the Interstate 20/59 corridor with the goal of there being a gap of no more than 50 miles between charging locations to overcome consumer concerns with vehicle “range anxiety”.

The Fort Payne Improvement Authority applied for the $45,500 grant, working with the City of Fort Payne to…

Staff Reports: Times-Journal

May 11, 2021

Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $1 million grant to prepare Fort Payne high school students and adults for the future while helping to meet the needs of Alabama’s workforce in several career fields.

The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to help the Fort Payne Board of Education construct a new vocational center aimed at training students in careers that include construction, electric vehicle and aviation technologies.

“Alabama is sounding the call for a skilled workforce and the Fort Payne Board of Education is responding to that demand,” Gov. Ivey…

Fort Payne Middle School robotics teams set eyes on state

· Cinthia Rico — Times Journal

· Mar 23, 2021 Updated Mar 23, 2021

The Fort Payne Middle School Robotics Team recently competed in their FIRST Lego League Virtual competition and are moving forward to the upcoming virtual state competition.

According to, the First Lego League is a project-based, hands-on FIRST program introducing students to engineering and coding also referred to as programming in an inclusive, creative and hopeful environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotic challenge.

FPMS teacher and program instructor Regan McClung said High…

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