March 2, 2016: State Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, second from left, is presented the Business Council of Alabama’s Business Champion Award at the entrance to the House of Representatives chamber. From left are: Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama; Poole; BCA President and CEO William J. Canary; Dan Blakley, 2016 West Alabama Chamber Chairman and Tuscaloosa Market President of Regions Bank; and, 2013 BCA Chairman Carl Jamison, shareholder JamisonMoneyFarmer P.C. Tuscaloosa.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2016
Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston or Dana Beyerle (334) 834-6000
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama today recognized Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee Chairman Bill Poole with the Business Champion Award for his commitment to improving Alabama’s economic climate and public education opportunities.
BCA President and CEO William J. Canary, West Alabama Chamber President and CEO Jim Page, who is a BCA board member, and 2013 BCA Chairman Carl Jamison, shareholder JamisonMoneyFarmer P.C. in Tuscaloosa, presented the award to Rep. Poole, R-Tuscaloosa.
“Representative Poole has shown unwavering support for solid budgeting and for creating a positive environment for job creation and support of education programs that enhance the chances of our children receiving the educations they need to prosper in the workforce,” Canary said.
In addition to handling Tuscaloosa County Local Legislation Committee bills, the Tuscaloosa attorney as the House education budget chairman manages input and balancing of the Education Trust Fund and associated budget and taxation bills.
“Representative Poole’s leadership in the budgeting process during the 2015 legislative session helped ensure that Alabama’s Volunteer Pre-K program received an increase of $10 million, moving Alabama one step closer to providing all children with access to a quality Pre-K education,” Canary said. “Representative Poole also made sure that the educational priorities of the Business Education Alliance of Alabama received funding that was requested for important items such as Student Assessment, Professional Development, and Advanced Learning.
“Representative Poole’s leadership means that businesses have the opportunity to prosper and our children have the opportunity to prepare for exciting futures working in and even owning a business,” Canary said.
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.