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  • 23 Nov 2021 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    Please see below for a special opportunity from Natasha Lewin to participate in an HBO children's documentary featuring multicultural children and elders across America!



    Award-winning documentarians are working on a new children's documentary featuring an intergenerational conversation on what it means to be multiracial in America. As a way to highlight the diversity in experiences, their crew will interview older adults across 50 states and some of the U.S. territories.  The production is seeking to hear the stories of adults who are 70+ years old and identify with two or more races and/or families with a mixed race child between the ages of 6-12. 


    If you are interested in learning more, please contact


    No acting experience necessary.

    受賞歴のあるHBOドキュメンタリーは、アメリカで多民族であることの意味についての世代間の会話を特集した新しい子供向けドキュメンタリーに取り組んでいます。 経験の多様性を強調する方法として、彼らの乗組員は50の州といくつかの米国領土の高齢者にインタビューします。 この作品は、70歳以上で、6〜12歳の混血の子供を持つ2つ以上の人種や家族と同一視する大人の話を聞くことを目的としています。

    詳細については、natasha.lewin @ hboprod.comまでお問い合わせください。


  • 10 Nov 2021 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    Please see the article below discussing the 43rd joint meeting of the Southeast US-Japan and Japan-US Southeast Associations virtual meeting.  The link is included in the article or you can click here to watch the video.

    Virtual SEUS-Japan meeting focuses on strong ties, growth potential

    November 03, 2021

    Words by Jerry Underwood

    The robust economic and cultural ties between the U.S. Southeast and Japan are on full display in a virtual meeting of organizations dedicated to strengthening the long-standing relationship between seven Southern states and the Asian nation.

    The 43rd joint meeting of the Southeast U.S.-Japan and Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations had been set for October 2021 in Tokyo, after the 2020 installment was canceled due to COVID-19. Organizers decided to hold the meeting virtually because of the pandemic

    A video of the virtual meeting, featuring remarks from Japanese officials and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and leaders from other Southeastern states, is now available for viewing. Click here to watch the video.

    Teruo Asada, chairman of the Japan-SEUS Association and a former leader of the Marubeni Corp., said Japanese companies have been major investors in the Southeast, with over 1,500 Japanese companies investing a combined $60 billion in the region, generating around 200,000 jobs.

    Plus, he added, Japanese companies have continued to invest in the Southeast during the pandemic, highlighted by Mazda Toyota Manufacturing’s $830 million additional investment in its joint assembly plant in Huntsville, which began production in September.

    In her remarks, Governor Ivey praised the SHOWA Group, the only U.S. producer of single-use nitrile gloves for health care workers. During the pandemic, SHOWA’s expansion project at its Fayette facility doubled production to 2 million gloves per day, and it is now working on another large-scale growth project there.

    “This is just one example of our Japanese investors working to help to Alabama and the world fight COVID-19,” she said.

    Governor Ivey said Southeastern leaders need to sustain the strong bonds between the region and Japan that have been forged over decades.

    “As we look toward the future, we must continue to build upon the rich history of business collaboration between the Southeast United States and Japan,” she said.

    “Let’s continue to move forward in finding ways to strengthen this partnership between our great region and Japan to fully realize the opportunities for the benefits for all of our citizens.”


    Alabama today is home to around 80 Japanese companies, involved in industries including chemicals, steel, advanced materials and nutritional supplements in addition to a heavy concentration in automotive manufacturing.

    Since 2015, Japanese investment in Alabama has totaled $4.4 billion, resulting in over 7,500 jobs, according to Commerce data. Two-way trade between Alabama and Japan totaled nearly $2 billion in 2020.

    “The relationship with Japan is strong not just for the state but for our local communities,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We all utilize the SEUS Japan conference to connect with our Japanese investors, and it is particularly useful when the conference is in Japan. It provides us an invaluable opportunity to enhance the relationship personally.

    “I know we are all looking forward to the time when we can meet face-to-face and deepen connections with our Japanese friends.”

    Florida will host the 44th Annual meeting in the Fall of 2022.  More details will be shared as those plans are put into place.  If you have any questions, please contact me at Hilda Lockhart, AL SEUS Japan Coordinator email: or 334-328-2460.

  • 12 Aug 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous


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    2. 2020 年コロナで住宅マーケットの”何”が変わったか

    3. 2021 年ポストコロナの異常事態

    4. ポストコロナで生じた問題点

    5. 今、企業にできることは?

    6. Q&A




  • 22 Jul 2021 4:42 AM | Anonymous

    Pecha Kucha, which means 'chit-chat' in Japanese is a presentation style where 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, creating a presentation of 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total. This style was created by architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein Dytham to have “More show. Less tell,” and streamline design presentations to below 7 minutes.

    Now it is used by millions around the globe, becoming the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform. Global innovators in school or business use the PechaKucha platform to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences. There are also separate events called 'PK Nights' where anyone's Pecha Kucha story can be shared. These events have an attendance of anywhere from from 50 to 5,000 people.

    Visit the official website and the accompanying links to watch some presentations, learn about the history and execution of PK, and even create your own Pecha Kucha!!

    Official Site

    How to Make Great Presentations the Pecha Kucha Way

    How to plan, present, & survive a Pecha Kucha style presentation

  • 12 Jul 2021 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    How the EU's VAT Tax Changes

    Impact Small Businesses

    Beginning on July 1st, 2021, the EU enacted new regulations surrounding tax collection and tariff labels. It aims to “simplify VAT obligations” for all goods and services sellers.

    The VAT rules on cross-border business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce activities have changed. The rationale for these changes is to overcome the barriers to cross-border online sales and address challenges arising from the VAT regimes for distance sales of goods and for the importation of low value consignments.

    Everyone in the e-commerce supply chain is affected, from online sellers and marketplaces/platforms both inside and outside the EU, to postal operators and couriers, customs and tax administrations, right through to consumers.

    • All goods priced up to 150 will be subject to the VAT. This contrasts with the previous rule that exempted items priced under 22 from the VAT. Items priced above 150 were already subject to VAT and will not see any change in regulations.
    • Services such as “Import One-Stop Shop” (IOSS) that assist in collecting the VAT are expected to be required for sellers in online markets.
    • Businesses should begin collecting the VAT on all goods sold for up to 150. IOSS or third-party shippers such as Fed-Ex and UPS may be used by sellers to easily charge VAT. In reference to tariff codes, business can find the corresponding codes for their products via tools from the European Taxation and Customs Commissions and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

    More Information Here

  • 17 Jun 2021 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    Auburn University dedicated the new standard for structural engineering research laboratories today.

    Link to full Article with video Here

    Located at the corner of West Samford Avenue and Shug Jordan Parkway, the new $22 million Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory (ASEL) is a state-of-the-art 42,000-square-foot facility that includes a high bay laboratory with a strong wall and strong floor specially engineered to handle extreme structural testing loads; a geotechnical chamber within the strong floor; a concrete materials research and testing laboratory; wind testing capabilities that can replicate hurricane-level loads; and faculty and graduate student spaces.

    The lab allows for elements up to 140 feet long and features a 4,700-cubic-foot geotechnical test chamber within the strong floor footprint — the only such test chamber in the nation included in a university laboratory — that will allow the department’s geotechnical researchers to conduct testing on foundations, anchorages and towers previously only possible in the field.

    Auburn University President Jay Gogue, one of several university officials who spoke at the Friday afternoon event, described the ASEL as “a beacon for research, leading the nation and the world in groundbreaking technological advancements in structures and load resistance testing.”

    “The Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory is the next step in elevating Auburn University’s prestige,” Gogue told the more than 200 attendees. “It will allow for our exemplary faculty to find life-saving solutions to extreme events by creating more sound buildings, bridges, towers, pipelines and machinery that can withstand the forces of nature. And the new Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory provides a unique, hands-on learning experience for our students.”

    Auburn University Trustee Charles McCrary, ’73 mechanical engineering, also took the podium to praise the lab’s potential.

    “This is a world-class lab that in my opinion is second to none,” said McCary, retired president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company. “We can make this world a safer place because of this facility. It's an engineer's dream."

    Though that dream has been a reality since the ASEL opened its doors late last year, College of Engineering administrators postponed the dedication due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering, thinks the delay may have worked out for the best.

    “While this dedication ceremony was delayed, I am actually glad it is taking place now that the laboratory is already being utilized,” Roberts told the audience. “Now you can see the equipment we have set up across the laboratory, and I would challenge you to find a graduate student after our program and ask them about the great projects they are undertaking in this space.”

    The only thing graduate student Dan Jackson, who will graduate this fall, dislikes about the ASEL is how little he’ll be able to use it.

    “I won’t have much of a chance to really use this facility,” Jackson said from the podium. “But this lab will definitely be a draw to top graduate students all around the world as it provides the opportunity to work at a state-of-the-art facility and participate in innovative research.”

    Steve Taylor, associate engineering dean for research, agrees.

    “We now offer one of the best laboratories in the country — if not the best,” he said. “If I’m a student who wants to be a structural engineer, this is the best place to go to school in the nation.”

  • 17 Jun 2021 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    "Just because World Trade Month 2021 is over doesn't mean you can't still learn from the international trade experts"

    The Alabama International Trade Center® has provided access to free webinars hosted by Shipping Solutions® that took place for Free trade Month. These webinars have representatives of NASBITE International®, Law Office of Jack Shelton, Minnesota Export District Council™ and many more present to discuss all things Exporting! 

    Please enjoy these webinars here: Free Webinars on Exporting

  • 17 Jun 2021 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    ATN is offering these two OSHA classes in mid-July at Jefferson State’s Shelby/Hoover Campus. These classes are designed are for ALL industries (e.g.: warehouses, storage facilities, general stores, manufacturers, etc.); after all, OSHA can drop in and visit any business at any time and we want to make sure the businesses in our area are prepared. Through a grant, we are able to offer the OSHA 30-Hour class for $300/per person—this class normally list for $595/per person. Please encourage businesses to take advantage of the low cost and valuable training.

  • 15 Jun 2021 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Chambers County Development Authority

    Project Manager

    The Chambers County Development Authority is seeking to fill a Project Manager position.  This position is responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, managing, and evaluating economic development activities for the CCDA.   The Project Manager will be focused on providing overall assistance to the economic development team working to support new and potential project activity, as well as gaining and maintaining a high-level working knowledge of the area’s marketable assets, building and site characteristics, regional value proposition, and local and state incentives. The Project Manager will manage projects assigned by the Executive Director related to product development, new business/industry opportunities, start-ups, existing industry expansions, and property maintenance. The Project Manager will play a key role in development and implementation of new business recruitment strategies, oversight of business retention efforts, data analysis and acquisition, and overall project management. A complete job description and resume submission instructions can be found at the CCDA's website home page at

  • 15 Jun 2021 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Wiregrass Alabama Economic Development Corporation

    Executive Director

    Wiregrass, Alabama is seeking an Executive Director responsible for recruiting jobs through new business and industry, or expansion of existing business and industry with an emphasis on development and recruitment of industry and businesses to our existing industrial parks. They will develop and maintain relationships with investors and serve as primary contact and solicitor of all funding efforts.

    Our ideal candidate will be a team builder who can work with multiple investors and stakeholders. He/she will have a regional mindset and represent multiple communities. They will be an engaged, friendly person who will develop strong relationships at the state level. Our ideal candidate will be a doer who can put plans into action.


    •   Established track record of business/economic development expansion and recruitment is preferred. 
    •   Knowledge of military facilities and contractors for these facilities
    •   Bachelor’s degree

    Skills Required:

    • Strong Leadership and Communication Skills
    • Project Management
    • Computer Skills
    • Good Supervisory Skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills allowing for working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders

    Salary: $90,000-$110,000 plus exceptional benefits

    Submit a resume by Friday, July 9th, 2021. Submit resumes electronically to View the full job profile here:

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