Thank you to all who attended the Madison County Republican Men's Breakfast - great crowd and conversation, as always!
Thank you to all in the public and private sector who participated in thoughtful discussions at PARCA's annual meeting, which focused on workforce development strategies. Today's conference featured speakers including Governor Kay Ivey, Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington, Raphael Bostic of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Chauncy Lennon of the Lumina Foundation, and many more. It takes a team to build Alabama and to create an environment that fosters a quality and skilled workforce. #Our67
Thank you to the Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC) for organizing a special luncheon in which fellow historian John Kvach shared a thought-provoking presentation on the role of women throughout Huntsville's history.
Dr. Kvach ended the afternoon with an important question to ponder-- What are we doing to make a difference and to pave the way for future generations? #Our67
GOOD NEWS: Recall that in the Panic of 1907, US Steel purchased The Tennessee Coal, Iron, and Railroad Company (TCI) in Birmingham, which helped bring financial stability to the city. Steel helped build Birmingham. In many ways, it helped save what many still refer to as 'The Steel City' during an uncertain time in history.
Fast forward to 2019 - after years of poor economic and foreign policies that stripped our country of its wealth - the United States economy is healthy once again. American companies are re-investing in America and the American worker. President Trump and his administration's policies have re-ignited manufacturing, literally and metaphorically. As a result, US Steel will spend approximately $215 million on upgrades to the no-longer-idled manufacturing facility in Fairfield, Alabama and will create approximately 150 jobs.
More here: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/02/13/brooks-credits-trump-trade-policies-for-u-s-steel-resuming-work-on-furnace-in-fairfield/
THE ROAD AHEAD: I appreciated the opportunity to speak briefly on the importance of addressing Alabama's crumbling infrastructure. Adequate infrastructure always makes the top tier of requirements during the site selection process. If we are going to continue our state's economic momentum (project wins), we must be proactive and address infrastructure now. This means dredging a small part of Mobile Bay so ships can move in more cargo as well as fixing our highways so 18-wheelers can transport goods effectively and constituents can travel to and from the workplace in a safe and reliable manner (with minimal traffic.)
We are not receiving the same return on investment as the economic model generated in 1992. Vehicles have become more fuel efficient since then. Infrastructure is a quality of life issue and a bipartisan issue that will dominate the upcoming legislative session. We must look at infrastructure proactively and recognize that a wise investment now will reap long-term economic benefits for all of Alabama.
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Thank you to the kind and talented group of young ladies from Scottsboro for visiting Huntsville First United Methodist Church and downtown Huntsville yesterday. We enjoyed the afternoon with you and hope to continue the conversation in the near future!
Thank you to the Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship and Redstone Federal Credit Union for hosting a Morning Series presentation by Thom Rigsby on Communicating Your Value Proposition.
Entrepreneurship centers promote innovation and entrepreneurship in our area and are an important component of workforce development efforts. #Our67
Prior to President Trump's State of the Union Address this evening, I was honored to attend DeKalb County's State of the County Address hosted by Sen. Steve Livingston and Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter. Topics covered included infrastructure, workforce development efforts, prison reform, the opioid crisis, and collaboration to solve these complex issues. Thank you to all who coordinated and participated in this insightful meeting. #Our67
Thank you, Speaker Mac McCutcheon, for reiterating the importance of fixing Alabama's infrastructure crisis.
By investing in Alabama’s infrastructure, we can repair existing roads and bridges and launch new priority projects that make our roads safer, generate economic growth, and improve the quality of life for all Alabamians. #FixALRoads #Our67
Thank you to the Coastal Alabama Partnership for hosting an informative Annual Meeting and Legislative Send-Off in Daphne this morning. The Coastal Alabama Partnership leverages the strength of both Mobile and Baldwin Counties to improve the quality of life for all of Coastal Alabama. #Our67
Congratulations to Leadership Greater Huntsville on your new location in the Bryant Bank building. It was a blessed evening in Huntsville to celebrate this milestone with fellow Leadership alumni and friends around our community. #Our67
This morning Decatur Morgan Hospital and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber hosted an insightful State of Healthcare Address, complete with a facility tour and dialogue with staff. The $50MM of improvements are aimed to increase efficiency and improve quality of life. Improvements include an upgraded ER, a mental health unit within the ER, a breast center, an integrated MRI unit, more comfortable waiting areas, patient rooms, nurses stations, and more. #Our67
It was an honor to spend the morning of Martin Luther King Day as a sponsor for the C.H.O.I.C.E. Unity Breakfast in Uniontown, Alabama (Perry County). C.H.O.I.C.E. stands for Choosing to Help Others in Our Community Excel and focuses on workforce development strategies and scholarship funding for students in the Black Belt. Thank you to all who coordinated and sponsored this special program for youth in Alabama's rural communities. #Our67
A difficult scene, but thankful to see so many people spending their day off, this Martin Luther King Day, to help the precious community of Wetumpka #Our67
About four years ago I felt such peace and joy as I stumbled upon an unexpected blessing, this beautiful scene in downtown Wetumpka.
It is difficult to know that this 163 year-old structure is now gone. Prayers for Wetumpka as they rebuild their community after yesterday's devastating storm. #Our67
Thank you to Will and Lee Sellers who joined us in Huntsville today as the keynote speakers for the Madison County Republican Men's Breakfast. A great crowd with friends and colleagues from around our state - Justice Brad Mendheim made it all the way from Dothan! #Our67
The sound of the waves and the warmth of the sun's rays are truly gifts from the Lord. #Our67 #BaldwinCounty
GOOD NEWS: Business analysts predict that by 2023, Alabama will be number 4 or 5 in the world for the production of commercial aircraft. This is a testament to teamwork and strategic partnerships between the public and private sector as well as the quality, dedicated, and skilled workforce Alabamians provide and companies need.
Alabama has a history of leadership in aerospace and aviation, and Airbus is an international pioneer in the industry. We are thankful to the team at Airbus for their continued commitment to our state, nation, and the world.
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Alabama History - 16 January 1967: The inauguration of Lurleen Wallace, Alabama's 46th governor and first female governor, took place. #Our67 🇺🇸
GOOD NEWS: The Lodge at Gulf State Park is back!
The Lodge at Gulf State Park is appealing to both business and leisure travelers. The partnership with Hilton Hotels and Valor Hospitality establishes a world-class environment that guests can count on, which should generate repeat visits to a beautiful area of our state.
On a more sentimental note, Gulf State Park is part of a tradition many of us grew up with. Now that The Lodge is up and running again, new generations will be able to create memories similar to the ones we all hold dear.
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