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Business Has a Stake in Four Constitutional Amendments on November Ballots

Four of the 14 constitutional amendments on Nov. 8 statewide ballots are of vital importance to Alabama’s business community including the Right to Work amendment. The Business Council of Alabama recommends voters approve Amendments 2, 8, 11, and 14 due to their importance. Amendment 2 The Alabama Rules Governing Allocation …

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Manufacturer of the Year Awards Application Process Begins

The 2017 Manufacturer of the Year Awards luncheon at the Alabama Activity Center in downtown Montgomery is just around the corner and the deadline for nominations is Dec. 15, 2016. The application deadline is Feb. 23, 2017. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20, …

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BCA and NAM Applaud Governor for Declaring October 7th as Manufacturing Day in Alabama

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley proclaimed October 7 as Manufacturing Day for the State of Alabama in a signing ceremony at the request of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) and the National Association of Manufactures. “The BCA recognizes that manufacturing companies are vital to the prosperity of the state of Alabama,” said …

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Obama Signs Anti-Manufacturing ‘Blacklist’ Rule

President Obama signed an executive rule on Aug. 25 that will drive another stake through the heart of world-leading American manufacturing by requiring firms to report past labor law violations in order to qualify for federal government contracts. The president signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which …

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U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer Addresses BCA Members in Conference Call

U.S. Gary Palmer this week updated Business Council of Alabama members about his efforts on federal spending and taxes, executive branch regulatory activity, and Social Security solvency. Rep. Palmer, R-Hoover, was elected in 2014 on a platform of working to reduce the number of federal regulations that stymy business growth, …

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BCA Creates Congressional Business Whip Subcommittee

The Business Council of Alabama has created a select subcommittee of the BCA’s Federal Affairs Committee consisting of members from across Alabama to promote Alabama business interests. The inaugural meeting of the Congressional Business Whip group was held Aug. 6 at the BCA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Point Clear. BCA …

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2016 Special Legislative Session on Lottery, Gaming, Medicaid, BP Spill Money Commences

The House elected Rep. Mac McCutcheon as House speaker on Monday to start the 2016 special legislative session called by the governor and the Alabama Legislature began committee hearings today on various lottery and gambling bills, including some designed to provide funding for the state’s General Fund and to prop …

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Seafaring and Shipping Support Jobs Await Recruits

Want to go to sea? Or maybe support seagoing vessels in welding, pipefitting, or plumbing jobs? There are numerous jobs in the maritime trade in the Mobile area that awaiting filling by qualified employees, Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said, and the department is launching an initiative to …

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The BCA’s Annual Conference Informed, Challenged, and Entertained

POINT CLEAR, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama’s 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference held Aug. 5-7 included updates on important education efforts, legislative action, a national economic report, and informative and entertaining main speakers Louise Blais and Judy A. Smith. Blais, the Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, spoke on …

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AAMA Summit for Sustainability Scheduled this Month in Huntsville

The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association has announced that its Summit for Sustainability in Materials & Manufacturing is scheduled Aug. 18-19 in Huntsville. Topics at the summit to be held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center will include growing industry through environmental initiatives and how effective ecological efforts from global policies …

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