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U.S. Chamber Lawsuit Climate Survey – 2017

Alabama has moved up in the annual state lawsuit rankings to No. 43, according to the national lawsuit climate rankings published by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Alabama’s ranking in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States is up three places from 2015. Alabama’s ranking of 43rd this year …

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Immediate-Past BCA Chairman Tommy Lee Joins Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund Board

Immediate-Past Business Council of Alabama chairman and Foley businessman Thomas M. “Tommy” Lee has joined the board of directors of the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Lee is president and CEO of Vulcan Inc., an employee-owned aluminum products manufacturer in Foley. It makes aluminum coil and sheet and is the largest …

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IRS, Alabama Securities Commission Caution Businesses, Individuals to Beware of Charity and Investment Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey

The heart-rending photos and stories of flooded Texas tug at the heart strings for the victims, but at times like these, pause a moment when confronted with charitable requests in order to avoid becoming a victim yourself, the Internal Revenue Service cautioned. The IRS this week warned about possible fake …

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Canada’s General Consul in Atlanta Louise Blais Named U.N. Ambassador

A good friend to the Business Council of Alabama and the state of Alabama, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta Louise Blais, has been appointed Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the Canadian government announced. Unofficially, the position is known as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. …

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U.S. Representative Roby Praises President Trump’s Plan for Afghanistan

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby today addressed the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast as part of the congressional August recess that gives members of Congress the opportunity to travel their districts and listen to constituents and update them on their activities. Rep. Roby, R-Montgomery, discussed President Trump’s …

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Gov. Ivey Announces New Education Initiative Preparing Students for Future Success

At the business incubator Innovation Depot in Birmingham on Wednesday, Governor Kay Ivey announced a new education initiative called “Strong Start, Strong Finish.” The “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative will focus on early childhood education, computer science in middle school and high school, and workforce preparedness, Governor Ivey said. …

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BCA Chairman Coleman Named a Top Army Civilian Aide

Acting Secretary of Army Robert M. Speer, left, presents BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman with his flag of office as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Alabama (South) (U.S. Army photo) Business Council of Alabama Chairman Jeff Coleman of Dothan has been named Civilian Aide to the Secretary …

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An Interview with Office of Minority Affairs Director Nichelle Williams Nix

The Business Council of Alabama sat down with attorney Nichelle Williams Nix, director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs, for an email interview about her office and what she and it has been doing since its creation last year. The BCA supported creation of the GOMA that signals the value …

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American Idol Returns to Alabama

Alabamians will have another chance at becoming a part of the state’s long and respected musical history when the spotlight shines on the Shoals at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 with auditions for a new season of “American Idol.” The Shoals will host auditions for the singing …

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Congressman Rogers Promises Federal Infrastructure this Fall

Alabama Third District U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers brought information from Washington, D.C. to his district in Montgomery today at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast at the Alabama Activity Center. Rep. Rogers, R-Saks, mentioned President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan that will require states to match federal …

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