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Decatur Senator Receives Business Champion Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2017

DECATUR, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama along with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce today presented state Sen. Arthur Orr the Business Champion Award for his commitment to improving the lives of Alabamians by sponsoring legislation that fosters apprenticeships.

The award was presented by BCA Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Chief of Staff Mark Colson, CCAA President and CEO Jeremy Arthur, and Decatur-Morgan County Chamber President and CEO John Seymour.

The award ceremony at Sykes Place on Bank Street occurred at an event sponsored by the Alabama Technology Network.

In the 2016 legislative session, Sen. Orr sponsored SB 90, the Apprenticeship Tax Credit Act of 2016 that took effect Jan. 1. The BCA supported this legislation.

“The Apprenticeship Tax Credit Act will allow more companies to hire apprentices who can learn on the job and gain full-time employment in a skilled field that benefits both the employee and employer,” said BCA President and CEO William J. Canary. “SB 90 was part of the BCA’s job-creating agenda for 2016 and we are appreciative of Senator Orr for his sponsorship and guidance of this bill’s progress through passage.”

SB 90 authorizes a tax credit of $1,000 per employee hired as an apprentice for up to five employees per year. The tax credit will be capped at $3 million this year and in 2018 and $5 million beginning in 2019.

“This legislation will not only help Alabamians increase their wage earning capabilities through increased certified training but also help our state recruit good paying businesses looking for a well-trained workforce,” Seymour said.

Orr serves as chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee and is a member of committees on Confirmations, Finance and Taxation General Fund, Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development, Governmental Affairs, Judiciary, Rules, and Transportation and Energy. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Alabama law school, Orr is vice president and general counsel for Cook’s Pest Control, Inc.

The Business Champion Award recognizes legislators for their support of policies that better Alabama’s business climate and the lives of employees, families, and citizens.

The BCA, Alabama’s foremost voice for business, is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

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