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William J. Canary

William J. Canary
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Alabama’s Greatest Asset in Economic Development? Its Citizens

In 1993, Alabama became the talk of the international business community when Mercedes Benz announced plans to construct a $300 million assembly plant near Tuscaloosa in order to manufacture its M-Class sports utility vehicles. In the 25 years since that historic decision, Alabama has routinely led the nation in most …

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Alabama Can Lead Nation in Health Care

Here in Alabama and across the country, the consensus is this: The Affordable Care Act has made health care unaffordable and out of reach for too many. It has done nothing to contain costs, which is driving up prices for all of us. President-elect Donald Trump and a new Congress have pledged …

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Choosing Alabama’s Next State Superintendent

By William J. Canary, president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and Joe Morton, Ph.D., Chairman and President of the Business Education Alliance of Alabama Whether it’s becoming a doctor, teacher, lawyer, pipefitter, welder, or automobile assembler, education is the key to filling tomorrow’s jobs. We support the State Board …

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Congress must act to fix transportation funding: reader opinion

William J. Canary, president and CEO of the BCA, wrote an article calling on Congress to find bipartisan, short- and long-term solutions to the Highway Trust Fund’s deficiencies. The article was published on al.com, the Tuscaloosa News, and the Gadsden Times.

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The Rewards of Early Childhood Investment

The U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Business Horizon Quarterly magazine published an article written by BCA President and CEO William J. Canary. The article entitled, “The Rewards of Early Childhood Education,” discusses the responsibility of the business community to engage in preparing our students for bright futures. Read the full story here

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Manufacturing powers our state and our nation: Guest opinion

The Business Council of Alabama’s op-ed by BCA President and CEO William J. Canary and National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons celebrated the state’s significant manufacturing base. Timmons was the guest speaker at the BCA’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards event on March 19 in Montgomery. Read …

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Business Council of Alabama working ot advance state and federal agendas: guest opinion

The Business Council of Alabama’s 2015 State and Federal Legislative Agendas are reflected in this op-ed by William J. Canary, President and CEO of the BCA. Legislative agendas are approved each year by the BCA’s membership and carried out by the BCA staff. Read the full story here

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Water Policy: A Business Perspective

Like everything else in life, in order to grow, thrive, and remain healthy, businesses and citizens need easy and ample access to one of our planet’s most basic resources – water.  As Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Water resources remain a very …

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Prison Reform Deserves Attention from State

That old saying, “A day of reckoning is fast approaching,” is so apropos when discussing Alabama’s seriously overcrowded prisons. Addressing solely the finances of prison reform, it would cost $840 million to build new prisons that would reduce Alabama’s prison capacity of 190 percent to just 100 percent. That $840 …

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