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The rising tide of auto manufacturing in Alabama can raise more boats in the Black Belt, according to a report from the University of Alabama’s Education Policy Center.

“Many manufacturing plants exist on the periphery of the Black Belt, but not in it,” the report says. Targeting second and third-tier suppliers related to the automotive industry could help bring jobs to Black Belt counties, especially those adjacent to plants in central Alabama and Montgomery.

Dallas County has several auto suppliers in its industrial parks, specifically Craig Field, but the UA report says additional training in automobile manufacturing in parts of the Black Belt near auto plants would help attract more. Training in aerospace and ship building in south Alabama near Mobile would position that area to share in the state’s industrial growth.

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