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President Says U.S. and Canada are in “Intense” Trade Talks

Several publications are reporting their takes on President Trump saying that United States and Canadian officials are actively negotiating over a trade deal that will affect Alabama due to its significant trading partnership with Canada. The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump on talks with Canada. “If it doesn’t work …

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Alabama Pre-K Classrooms Pass 1,000 Mark

The August start to the 2018-19 school year saw 18,720 4-year-olds enrolled in the Business Council of Alabama-supported Alabama First Class Pre-K program in 1,040 classrooms, the first time in its 18-year history that the Alabama First Class Pre-K program has had more than 1,000 classrooms. An additional 107 classrooms …

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Dothan Business Hall of Fame Inducts Past Business Council of Alabama Chairman

Past Business Council of Alabama chairman and current BCA treasurer Charles Nailen Jr. was inducted into the Dothan Business Hall of Fame on Thursday. Nailen is president co-owner with his wife, Kay, of BBG Specialty Foods Inc. in Dothan, a Taco Bell franchisee in southeast Alabama. Nailen is the 2003-04 …

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Business Council of Alabama Releases 2018 Book, The Future Is Now

The Business Council of Alabama has released its 2018 book of state and federal activities, The Future Is Now, A Time for Progress and Change, which chronicles events of Alabama’s premier business advocacy organization since the release of Time and Again: The Courage to Remain Consistent, Unfinished Business, last year. …

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BCA Governmental Affairs Conference Looks to the Future

The Business Council of Alabama’s 2018 Governmental Affairs Conference held Aug. 10-12 featured Q&As with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation and state legislative leaders, informative speeches by Governor Kay Ivey and the Israeli consul to the Southeast and Puerto Rico, release of a new education report, and an inspiring keynote …

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Federal Tax Reform Impact: What you should know

Business Council of Alabama members have released information about the Alabama Department of Revenue’s interpretation of how the 2017 federal tax law revisions will affect Alabama. Bradley law firm authors Bruce P. Ely, James E. Long Jr., and William T. Thistle II summarized the ADOR’s “Analysis of Federal Tax Law …

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Alabama Senators Vote for $716 Billion Defense Bill

Alabama’s two U.S. senators voted Wednesday to send the Fiscal 2019 defense bill to President Trump for his signature. U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Doug Jones, D-Mountain Brook, were among the 87-10 majority voting on H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act, which funds U.S. military activities beginning Oct. …

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AT&T Alabama Invests more than $1.2 Billion for Wireless and Wired Networks

Business Council of Alabama member AT&T Alabama said Wednesday that it invested more than $1.2 billion in 2015, 2016, and 2017 in its wireless and wired networks to improve reliability, coverage, speed, and overall performance for residential and business consumers. The investment also improves critical services that support public safety …

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U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers Talks Politics, Defense, Tax Cuts, and More at Chamber Breakfast

Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers hit the Washington, D.C., highlights at Tuesday’s Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues breakfast. The Business Council of Alabama is a co-sponsor of the chamber breakfasts. U.S. Rep. Rogers, R-Saks, spoke of the pending 2018 farm bill, the December 2017 tax cut, reversing regulations on …

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AAI Executive Director Participates in National Transportation Investment Workshop

The Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC) hosted the 5th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates on July 18 in Washington, D.C. This program brings together transportation investment advocates and champions from around the country to share best practices, challenges and other keys to success in advancing state and …

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