Blockbuster Lineup Announced for the 2016 Alabama Economic Growth Summit


Business Council of Alabama president and CEO William J. Canary is a scheduled panelist on the politics of the southern right-to-work movement during a jobs and economic development conference being sponsored by the BCA in Birmingham on Feb. 18-19.

The 2016 Alabama Economic Growth Summit presented by Yellowhammer and the Alabama Department of Commerce will be held at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort at 4000 Grand Ave., Birmingham, AL 35226. The conference is billed as an excellent opportunity network with national site selection consultants, elected officials, CEOs, and economic developers.

Sponsors in addition to the BCA include Alfa Insurance, Alabama Power Co., Alabama Unites for Education, the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, First Solar, Knight/Eady, Made in Alabama, McWane Inc., Protective Life Corp, Regions Financial Corp., and The University of Alabama System.

The conference will begin Feb. 18 with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a “State of the Year” celebration and buffet dinner.

A breakfast at 7 a.m. on Feb. 19 will be hosted by Governor Robert Bentley and followed by panel groups discussing state and national business trends and perspectives.

Panel discussions that will begin at 8 a.m. will include:

  • Perspectives of the Business Community: An interview with Alabama’s Business Leaders
  • Site Selection Experts: National Economic Trends and Emerging Industries
  • Planning for the Future: Industries Poised for Economic Growth in Alabama
  • Alabama’s Workforce Strengths: Capitalizing on Public/Private Partnerships

Internationally known speaker and novelist Andy Andrews, an Alabama native, will be the keynote speaker at 11 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon featuring a conversation with U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, facilitated by Yellowhammer Multimedia CEO Cliff Sims.



The conference will conclude following a 1:15 p.m. panel discussion on the Politics of the Right-to-Work Movement in the South.

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