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Coca-Cola UNITED Names General Counsel and Vice President

Business Council of Alabama member Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc., has named Lucas B. Gambino General Counsel and Vice President. His appointment was effective Sept. 10. Gambino practiced corporate and banking law for more than 18 years with Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham. He previously worked in the Mobile office …

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Lawmakers Endorse Port of Mobile Project

Alabama’s Democrat and Republican House and Senate members have endorsed the modernization of the proposed Mobile harbor federal navigation channel, making it one of the largest development projects in Alabama. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, led the state’s combined legislative delegation’s letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in support …

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Mobile Chamber Sponsoring SHECONOMY Workshops

The Mobile chamber of Commerce-Growth Alliance Task Force for Small Business Owners is sponsoring three free workshops later this month focusing on women-owned businesses, although men will be welcome. The workshops are scheduled Sept. 25, 26, and 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night at Bishop State Community …

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Former BCA Chairman to be Honored for Years of Service Helping Low-Income Alabamians

Neighborhood Concepts Inc. in Huntsville will honor former Business Council of Alabama chairman Phil Dotts later this month in recognition of his three decades of service with the non-profit organization that works to solve housing shortages for low-income Alabamians. Sponsorships for the event on Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to …

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CBER Says Alabama’s Economy Will Grow to 2.2 percent This Year

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business said Alabama’s economy will end 2018 with an impressive 2.2 percent growth rate compared with 2017, a 70 percent increase. “After growing 1.3 percent in 2017, and 1.2 percent in the first quarter of …

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President Says U.S. and Canada are in “Intense” Trade Talks

Several publications are reporting their takes on President Trump saying that United States and Canadian officials are actively negotiating over a trade deal that will affect Alabama due to its significant trading partnership with Canada. The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump on talks with Canada. “If it doesn’t work …

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Alabama Pre-K Classrooms Pass 1,000 Mark

The August start to the 2018-19 school year saw 18,720 4-year-olds enrolled in the Business Council of Alabama-supported Alabama First Class Pre-K program in 1,040 classrooms, the first time in its 18-year history that the Alabama First Class Pre-K program has had more than 1,000 classrooms. An additional 107 classrooms …

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Dothan Business Hall of Fame Inducts Past Business Council of Alabama Chairman

Past Business Council of Alabama chairman and current BCA treasurer Charles Nailen Jr. was inducted into the Dothan Business Hall of Fame on Thursday. Nailen is president co-owner with his wife, Kay, of BBG Specialty Foods Inc. in Dothan, a Taco Bell franchisee in southeast Alabama. Nailen is the 2003-04 …

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Business Council of Alabama Releases 2018 Book, The Future Is Now

The Business Council of Alabama has released its 2018 book of state and federal activities, The Future Is Now, A Time for Progress and Change, which chronicles events of Alabama’s premier business advocacy organization since the release of Time and Again: The Courage to Remain Consistent, Unfinished Business, last year. …

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BCA Governmental Affairs Conference Looks to the Future

The Business Council of Alabama’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference held Aug. 10-12 featured Q&As with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation and state legislative leaders, informative speeches by Governor Kay Ivey and the Israeli consul to the Southeast and Puerto Rico, release of a new education report, and an inspiring keynote …

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