FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 31, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama Chairman Perry Hand on Tuesday presented Alabama Governor Kay Ivey with the coveted BCA’s Chairman’s Award for her steadfast support of pro-business initiatives throughout her professional and political career.
Hand, chairman of Volkert Inc. in Mobile, presented the award to Gov. Ivey at the BCA’s Chairman’s Dinner, which is held each year to support the BCA’s political action committee, ProgressPAC.
“This is indeed a high moment for me,” Gov. Ivey said. “This is a very significant award.”
Hand said that since Gov. Ivey took office, more than $8 billion has been invested in Alabama, resulting in 16,000 jobs. Unemployment during her term is the lowest in state history and the number of jobs the highest, Hand said.
“Governor Ivey’s support of a thriving business climate has been key to landing coveted economic projects including the new Toyota-Mazda plant and its 4,000 anticipated jobs to north Alabama,” Hand said. “Governor Ivey supports a business environment which grows tech companies and she continues to be a strong recruiter of companies in the automotive, aviation, and aerospace sectors.”
Gov. Ivey addressed about 800 BCA members and guests at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel ballroom.
“I’ve had a lot of help from many folks in this room throughout my career,” she said. “I’m truly thankful.”
The BCA Chairman’s Award is given to a recipient of the BCA chairman’s choice during the closing months of his or her tenure as the volunteer leader of the statewide business advocacy organization.
ProgressPAC is the political action committee of the Business Council of Alabama, Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through member companies and 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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