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William J. Canary

William J. Canary
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Rx for Job Creation

“One way to define wisdom is the ability to see, into the future, the consequences of your choices in the present. That ability can give you a completely different perspective on what the future might look like.” These prophetic words by Alabama author Andy Andrews seem very appropriate for the …

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Shelby is A Friend to State Business

The truth is the Alabama of today is one that our grandparents wouldn’t recognize. For more than two decades, Alabama has been landing one significant economic development project after another, transforming the state into an epicenter for the aerospace, automotive, and defense industries. Companies looking where to locate are attracted …

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Rebutting the Pro-Union Narrative against Alabama Manufacturing Industry

Business owners, employees, and public officials from across the state will gather in Montgomery this week as the Business Council of Alabama presents its annual “Manufacturer of the Year” awards during a gala luncheon event. The awards seek to honor manufacturers – from the largest industrial employers to the smallest …

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Obamacare-Style Health Law Introduced in Alabama House

“People’s [health] premiums are getting higher. Their deductibles are soaring. And their choices are dwindling.” These were the words of U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at a recent press conference referencing the effects of Obamacare, and his plan to repeal and replace it.  However, he could have been referring to …

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Data System is a Tool for Education Improvement

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming The Alabama Legislature is considering legislation, HB 97 by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, and SB 153 by Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, to establish a smart and secure statewide system to measure student achievement over time. Incredibly, in …

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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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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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