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Year-End Tax Planning with Expanded Education Scholarship Tax Credits

The deadline for businesses to donate to scholarship granting organizations and be able to file it on their tax returns for 2016 is just around the corner, Dec. 15. The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization …

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Healthcare Complexities Challenge Improvements to Care and Cost Reduction

BIRMINGHAM – Challenges to the three legs of health care were expertly explained by a hospital administrator, a leading health insurance company executive, and a physician at the Business Council of Alabama’s Pathways to Policy Summit on Alabama’s Future. The summit held Oct. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – …

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Policy Makers, Officials, and Advocates Joined Together in Examining Education And Workforce Development

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama’s Pathways to Policy Summit on Alabama’s Future held recently at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel spotlighted education and workforce development challenges and opportunities. Speakers at Pathways to Improving Education and Workforce Development included education, workforce, and legislative leaders along …

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Discussion on Improving Alabama’s Deteriorating Infrastructure Flows Freely at BCA Policy Summit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama’s Pathways to Policy Summit on Alabama’s Future held Oct. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel shined a spotlight on Alabama’s dwindling infrastructure resources and its effect on job recruiting. Speakers at a conference session on Pathways to Solving …

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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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BCA to Award 2017 South Alabama Corporate Football Sponsorship

The Business Council of Alabama is offering one small business the opportunity to be awarded a University of South Alabama Football Corporate Sponsorship for the 2017 season. To apply, Alabama small business owners should visit bcatoday.org/GoJags and share in 150 words or less why a 2017 South Alabama football sponsorship would be …

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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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Choosing Alabama’s Next State Superintendent

By William J. Canary, president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and Joe Morton, Ph.D., Chairman and President of the Business Education Alliance of Alabama Whether it’s becoming a doctor, teacher, lawyer, pipefitter, welder, or automobile assembler, education is the key to filling tomorrow’s jobs. We support the State Board …

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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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Enactment of BCA-supported SB 270 Should Prevent Flood of Class Action Lawsuits Against Alabama Businesses

Last summer, the Eleventh Circuit held in Lisk v. Lumber One Wood Preserving LLC, 792 F.3d 1331 (11th Cir. 2015) that private plaintiffs could bring a class action under the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA) in federal court even though Alabama law expressly prohibits them from doing so in …

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