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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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How a Wreck Transformed a “Wrecked” Life into a Triumphal and a Bold Journey through Her Faith

Two years ago, Mary Morlan “Mo” Isom ago spoke to the Business Council of Alabama’s Interfaith Service, the traditional conclusion of the BCA’s Governmental Affairs Conference at Point Clear. Isom was a soccer star in suburban Atlanta from a young age. An All-American goalkeeper for Louisiana State University’s women’s soccer …

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Business Education Alliance of Alabama Reports Cited in Award Competition

Reports on education performance and improvement that were commissioned and funded by the Business Education Alliance of Alabama helped earn Governmental Research Association national recognition at the GRA’s annual conference in Pittsburgh. The award announced Tuesday recognized studies by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, including two that were commissioned …

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Both Parties Must Focus on Economic Growth

The Business Council of Alabama’s two national partners do not endorse presidential candidates but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers have very specific recommendations for the two major candidates. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said the two candidates can telegraph party priorities …

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Alagasco to Be Reimaged as Spire in 2017

Business Council of Alabama member Alagasco will be reimaged as Spire in 2017 following former Laclede Group shareholder approval of the new name in April. The Laclede Group became Spire on April 28 and its subsidiaries will transition during 2017, the company announced. Utilities and subsidiaries Alagasco, Laclede Gas, Missouri …

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U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers Addresses BCA Members on Business and Politics

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers discussed the importance to his district and Alabama of serving on the House Armed Services Committee, and he handicapped the 2016 elections during a Tuesday conference call with Business Council of Alabama members. Rep. Rogers, R-Saks, has been a tireless pro-business advocate for Alabama business since …

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Alabama Power Company CEO Mark Crosswhite: No Slide Rule Needed in Climb to Top Job

Mark Crosswhite never owned a slide rule as past CEOs and presidents of Alabama Power have who were engineers. That’s because history majors and law students don’t need the tools engineering students need. It’s worth noting that fact to appreciate how Crosswhite – one of the few non-engineers to reach …

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