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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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House Benghazi Select Committee Member Updates Montgomery Chamber

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby spoke to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce today and touched on the Benghazi report released this week by the committee she serves on and on military appropriations and veterans care that are vital to her congressional district. Roby, R-Montgomery, served on the House Select Committee …

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Truck Drivers and Nurses in High Demand as State Workforce Nears 2 Million for First Time in Almost 10 Years

The Alabama Department of Labor said truck drivers and nurses were the most sought-after employees in May, followed by retail salespersons, based on online help wanted ads. The Labor Department’s Labor Market Division said the most online wanted ads in May were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and …

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Peyton Manning to Headline BCA’s 2016 Chairman’s Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 25, 2016 Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston or Dana Beyerle (334) 834-6000 MONTGOMERY – The chairman of the Business Council of Alabama today announced that Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, will be the keynote speaker at the BCA’s 2016 Chairman’s Dinner that …

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Historic Day in Alabama as Oath-of-Office Given To Cabinet-Level Minority Affairs Director

Governor Robert Bentley, right, administers the oath of office to Nichelle Nix, the director of the cabinet-level Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs. Nix’s husband, Leroy Nix, holds the Bible. Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday conducted an oath-of-office ceremony for Nichelle Nix, the director of his new Governor’s Office of Minority …

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Convene Your Budget Meetings Now

DOL Issues Its Long Awaited Final Regulations on Minimum Salary for FLSA Exemptions Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Today the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the publication of its final regulations radically overhauling the minimum salary necessary for an employee to qualify for overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards …

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Ex-Im Workshops Planned for Huntsville, Birmingham and Mobile

The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network is hosting three training workshops next week for small businesses to learn how to effectively use the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The workshops on Reducing Risk & Unleashing Opportunity will be in Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile, from 8 a.m. to 1 …

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