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Two-Year College System Announces New Workforce Development Program Senior Executive Director

Acting Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker on Wednesday introduced Jeff Lynn as the system’s Senior Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development. Lynn began working in Alabama on Oct. 3 with businesses, industries, economic development organizations, and communities to ensure that students, adults, and current employees receive the …

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Task Force to Look at Alabama’s $30 Billion in State and Federal Income and Spending

Business Council of Alabama member Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP reported on this week’s Task Force on Budget Reform meeting in the State House. Bradley co-authors Joshua O. Blades and Dave Stewart said the meeting was well-attended. The agenda included introductory remarks and a presentation from the Legislative Fiscal Office, …

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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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