Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary, fourth from left, presents Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, the BCA’s Business Champion Award during a ceremony today at the State House for her leadership and commitment to improving Alabama’s economic climate and education system. From left: Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Seymour; Decatur-Morgan County Chamber Chairman Jeff Parker; BCA Board member Wade Weaver, Vice President-Managing Partner Valley Budweiser Inc., Decatur; Canary; Rep. Collins; Decatur Mayor Don Kyle; Decatur-Morgan County Chamber Director of Business Development Crystal Brown.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2016
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MONTGOMERY, 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 Rep. Terri Collins with the Business Champion Award for her commitment to improving Alabama’s economic climate and education system.
BCA President and CEO William J. Canary presented the award to Rep. Collins, R-Decatur, during a ceremony at the State House.
“In sponsoring what would become the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, Rep. Collins understood that public charter schools would provide Alabama parents with greater flexibility and options when making decisions about their children’s education.” Canary said. “The Business Champion Award is testimony to Rep. Collins’ unwavering commitment to improving education for all students in Alabama and for providing a positive environment for job creation.”
Rep. Collins sponsored the House version of SB 45, the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, and handled the Senate version in the House. The bill became law on March 19, 2015.
Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama President and CEO Jeremy Arthur said Rep. Collins has worked tirelessly on a number of issues that both directly and indirectly affect the Alabama business community.
“The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama is proud to join in partnership with the Business Council of Alabama and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce to recognize Rep. Collins’ outstanding leadership,” Arthur said. “It is leaders like Rep. Collins that truly embody the word champion. She has worked tirelessly on a number of issues that both directly and indirectly affect the Alabama business community.”
Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Seymour said Rep. Collins has remained dedicated to listening to and understanding the needs of the business community.
“Her leadership continues to be the model, both in our local area, and in Montgomery,” Seymour said. “On behalf of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, we are honored and proud to join BCA and CCAA in recognizing one of our very own.”
Canary said the BCA is dedicated to doing its part to improve public education because today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. The BCA’s 2015 State Legislative Agenda included allowing parental choice legislation including the creation of public charter schools.
The School Choice and Student Opportunity Act creates an application process for local school boards so they may establish new or conversion public charter schools, giving parents the ability to choose the best education for their child.
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 is 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 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.