Thank you to friends Reverend Alisa Lasater Wailoo and the team at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church for the beautiful sermon entitled, "Dare to Dance Again." We enjoyed visiting while in Washington and learning about your local missions opportunities.
Thank you to Mr. Elbert Peters for organizing 400 consecutive meetings of the Madison County Republican Men's Club. This club started in 1985 with twelve (12) men and has grown to over 500 members with an average of 200 in attendance, one of the largest in the world. And you even let a few ladies in as well, more than the 30 stated in the resolution... ;) #Our67 Happy 400th!
It brings us great joy to witness a homegrown Huntsville company continue to succeed as it aids with defense and national security efforts. Torch Technologies’ newest expansion will create 40 new jobs in Huntsville.
Read more about Torch's newest expansion here:
Thank you to the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) for coordinating a meeting at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. This week we discussed ways to mitigate unfair trade practices as well as the important role of small businesses in international trade.
While in DC, members of the Huntsville and Decatur delegation took a Capitol tour with Washington's best tour guide, Mrs. Martha Brooks.
Here we are pictured in the Rotunda in front of one of Alabama's statues, General Joe Wheeler.
Today Torch Technologies held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate their newest expansion, a 35,000 square foot new laboratory and solutions facility which will create 40 new jobs in Huntsville. The expansion will allow Torch to undertake projects of greater complexity, including the development of instruments that will change the process of warhead testing as well as the re-engineering of products that protect our nation. Congratulations to Bill Roark and your team of over 735 employees!
It was a joy to speak with Dr. John Ed Mathison. Alabama Methodists and/or folks from Montgomery may remember him as pastor of Frazier UMC for 36 years. After his presentation, we spoke about his studies at Princeton, full of buildings dedicated to Einstein.
Albert Einstein said that the more he studied the universe, the more he believed in a Higher Power. It is interesting, and beautiful, how God transforms people. Thank you, Dr. Mathison, for your work. #Our67 #Disciples
Alabama made history with Google this week. Google’s newest Alabama Data Center project in Bridgeport, Alabama (Jackson County) is one of only fourteen (14) sites in the world, with eight (8) in the US and only two (2) constructed since 2007.
Read more here: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/04/10/google-holds-groundbreaking-in-jackson-county/
Rumor has it there is a new restaurant on the Square in historic downtown Troy...
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? I suppose you will have to dine-in (or dine outdoors) and see. Rumors on the Square, now open at 72 North Court Square!
Local restaurants serve the best food. If you want to try the best crepes in the state of Alabama and are in or near historic downtown Troy, try Dolce, a bistro on the Square. An excellent way to support small, Alabama-based businesses, the backbone of our economy - #ShopLocal
Today Google broke ground on a $600MM data center in Bridgeport (Jackson County), which will create 75-100 highly technical jobs. Google's newest project is one of only fourteen (14) sites in the world, with eight (8) in the US and only two (2) constructed since 2007. During the ceremony, Google donated $100,000 to the Jackson County School System to help train the next generation of tech workers. #MadeInAlabama
Economic development is a team effort. We are making history in the state of Alabama. When members of a community have the opportunity to collaborate, cities and towns are built.
Thank you to Delta Sigma Pi at Troy University for hosting an economic development-themed dinner that included leaders from the public sector, private sector, and students. Proceeds benefited Pike Medical Foundation, which aids with medical care in rural Pike County.
Congratulations to Melanie Murray and the team at Bullet and Barrel Indoor Range and Training Facility, which will officially open to the public next week. Bullet and Barrel trains people to properly use firearms, and all instructors are NRA, law enforcement, and/or military certified. The facility is a testament to our state's rich history of second amendment rights and is one of the nicest of its kind that I have toured. #Our67
Today state and local leaders gathered to commemorate Boeing's 28,000 square foot Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Seeker facility expansion, which will add approximately 70 full-time engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs to our area.
Boeing has been a part of Huntsville since 1962, and we thank Boeing for their continued presence and innovation in Huntsville and the entire State of Alabama. The PAC-3 announcement translates into local jobs and highlights Alabama’s important role in the aerospace industry as well as national security.
Tonight one of my star interns from Troy University, Trey Gothard, as well as the entire Delta Sigma Pi (honors business fraternity) hosted a state economic development dinner at B. Graves in historic downtown Troy. Ted Clem from the Alabama Department of Commerce led the discussion, and our group of various economic developers and professors from Troy, the Wiregrass, and central Alabama shared ideas about how to build our respective communities. A portion of ticket and silent auction proceeds benefited Pike Medical Foundation. Thank you to all hosts and participants for such a wonderful evening. #Our67
When I began my career, words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resonated with me, and still do every day, which answer the question – What is your life’s blueprint?
“And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.”
The future Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (Senate Bill 212) demonstrates Alabama’s commitment to workforce development. Economic development requires partnerships and a willingness to invest in our future. If we continue following these principles, we will continue to witness success stories in Alabama.
Article - Alabama Political Reporter - Read More Here: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/04/03/ivey-signs-education-budget-legislation-creating-alabama-school-of-cyber-technology-and-engineering/
It was a pleasure to attend the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce's Alabama Update Luncheon with Governor Kay Ivey today. Our governor highlighted the State of Alabama's commitment to economic and workforce development and signed Senate Bill 212 into law, which establishes the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering in Huntsville. A great day for Alabama -