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17th Annual MOTY Awards on April 12 to Highlight Manufacturing Accomplishments

This year’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards luncheon is just around the corner at the Alabama Activity Center in downtown Montgomery. While nomination and entry deadlines have passed for the 2016 Manufacturer of the Year Awards, seats now can be purchased online for the April 12 awards’ luncheon that begins …

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Congresswoman Martha Roby

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today at the Business Council of Alabama endorsed Alabama Second District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby in her 2016 reelection bid. Rob Engstrom, the U.S. Chamber’s Senior Vice president, Political Affairs and Federation Relations, and National Political Director, endorsed Roby, R-Montgomery, at the BCA’s office. “We …

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Blockbuster Lineup Announced for the 2016 Alabama Economic Growth Summit

Business Council of Alabama president and CEO William J. Canary is a scheduled panelist on the politics of the southern right-to-work movement during a jobs and economic development conference being sponsored by the BCA in Birmingham on Feb. 18-19. The 2016 Alabama Economic Growth Summit presented by Yellowhammer and the …

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Lawsuit on Behalf of Monkey Tops Poll of Year’s Most Ridiculous Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An animal rights group suing on behalf of a monkey for the copyright ownership of his “selfies” tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of the “Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2015,” announced today. Along with the list, ILR also released a highlight …

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Five Regional Transportation Infrastructure Hearings Planned in January

The Alabama Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee will partner with local business and community leaders to hold five regional meetings in January to gather information on Alabama’s infrastructure needs in order to maintain safe, quality roads and bridges. The meetings are scheduled as follows with all meetings beginning at 10:00 a.m. …

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ADEM Increases Fees on Users, BCA Seeks to Restore State Environment Funding

The Alabama Environmental Management Commission has increased fees 20 percent for most permits in response to the Legislature zeroing out all state funding except for animal feed lot support for the 2015-16 budget, which began Oct. 1. The AEMC that oversees the Alabama Department of Environmental Management voted Dec. 18 …

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Year-End Tax Planning with Expanded Scholarship Tax Credits (Guest Blog)

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Recent amendments to the Act greatly expand the tax credit provisions to provide more opportunities to help Alabama’s neediest school children at little or no cost to the …

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BCA Board of Directors Elect Officers, Approve 2016 Legislative Agenda

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting on Dec. 4 elected Foley businessman Thomas M. “Tommy” Lee as chairman for 2016 and chose other officers of the business advocacy organization. Lee currently serves as the BCA’s First Vice Chairman. He will succeed …

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PSC $120 million Electricity Rate Cut Helps Mitigate Costly EPA Regulations Affecting Manufacturers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Public Service Commission last week reacted to expensive federal energy mandates and helped Alabama manufacturers by approving a 2 percent rate decrease for Alabama Power Co. customers next year. The three-member commission voted to reduce Alabama Power rates by $120 million beginning Jan. 1, an …

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