It is Aerospace Week in Alabama, and what an opportune time in our state’s history to discuss the statewide and nationwide economic impact of NASA – Marshall Space Flight Center. Thank you Todd May for your leadership at Marshall, and thank you to everyone at NASA for your work.
It was an honor to introduce 1 Peter 3:12-22 at Huntsville First United Methodist Church this morning. Peter wrote this letter at a time in history when early Christians were actively persecuted for their faith. The passage addresses how as Christians, we need to be prepared for the criticisms that accompany being believers, and it also reveals strategies on how to keep focused on the Prize.
Today the Huntsville M.E.T. performed You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, a benefit for pediatric oncology at Huntsville Hospital. Thank you, Huntsville M.E.T., for showcasing your talent to benefit such a special group of young people and their families. You all are incredible!
Thank you, Judge Michelle Thomason, for joining us in Huntsville today. Michelle is a friend from Baldwin County who has a wealth of experience in business, trial court, and on the bench. Michelle Thomason is running statewide for Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, and the election is 5 June!
Thank you, SCI, for the recent tour. SCI Technology, a Sanmina company, designs, manufactures, qualifies, and supports products for military and commercial aviation, industrial applications, space-flight programs, and ground-tactical defense operations.
SCI has over five decades of history in Huntsville. We are blessed to have them in our community!
Ivey announces grant to be used toward Huntsville Hospital Health System and Calhoun Community College Nursing Lab
Economic Developer Nicole Jones told the Alabama Political Reporter, “The one million dollar grant demonstrates the State of Alabama’s commitment to workforce development. Grants like this foster partnerships between industry and education and help provide the hands-on, practical experience needed in the nursing profession.”
“Huntsville Hospital is our city’s second largest employer and second largest hospital in Alabama,” Jones added. “It serves as the regional referral center for North Alabama and southern Tennessee. The grant will enable Calhoun Community College to add 48 slots to its clinical program with Huntsville Hospital, which is a significant step toward filling the statewide and nationwide nursing shortage. Ultimately, patients in our community will benefit with access to better quality of care.”
Alabama Political Reporter Article Link: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/02/13/ivey-announces-grant-to-calhoun-college-huntsville-hospital-nursing-lab/
Today my family and I saw Fly, a play about the Tuskegee Airmen. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen. In 2014, I was privileged to meet the remaining living Tuskegee Airmen when they visited Huntsville. Thank you, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, for sharing their story.
Yesterday the University of Alabama held our state's annual commercial real estate conference (ACRECom 2018), which provided CE and CLE opportunities for attendees. We especially enjoyed the presentation on how to navigate the new federal and state historic tax credit laws. Thank you to all who coordinated an insightful conference.
Today Governor Ivey provided Huntsville Hospital with a $1MM grant to aid with the construction of a nursing simulation lab. The grant will enable Calhoun Community College to add 48 slots to its clinical program with Huntsville Hospital, which is a significant step toward filling the statewide and nationwide nursing shortage. Ultimately, patients in our community will benefit with access to better quality of care.
Rain, rain did not keep anyone away from this evening's Business Council of Alabama Legislative Reception. What a great crowd with great leaders working together to create and sustain a business-friendly climate in our state.
The Huntsville Convention and Visitor's Bureau is hosting a 14-day campaign asking residents to showcase their favorites areas of Huntsville.
Today's #iHeartHSV campaign theme is - "Where is your favorite Huntsville backdrop?" Mine is, and always will be, Constitution Village. Every Spring I try to be a good neighbor and water the garden. ;) Renovations are underway, just in time for the Alabama Bicentennial. #al200
It was a pleasure to meet with The Honorable James Geringer, Governor of Wyoming from 1995-2003, at PARCA's Annual Meeting entitled, "The 21st Century Governor." Governors from both major political parties provided attendees with insight on leadership styles, challenges in office, as well as the professionalism needed to govern a state well. Thank you to PARCA for organizing such an informative meeting. #Our67
It was a great honor to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the sold-out AFRW Dinner honoring Governor Kay Ivey. Thank you, Governor Ivey, for your work and selfless dedication to Alabamians.
Tuesday's historic State of the Union Address reminds us of how blessed we are to be able to stand, salute, and pledge to our flag.
The economic impact for our state when physicians choose to practice in rural areas is profound. Today business and medical leaders in the Troy-Pike County area met to discuss how to recruit and retain adequate medical care in Alabama's rural communities. Dr. Wil Baker, Executive Director of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium and Professor of Family Medicine at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, led the discussion. Thank you to the Pike County Chamber of Commerce for coordinating such an informative luncheon.
HotCoffee, a business group that meets at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, featured an article I wrote on green space and how it enhances downtown communities. Read "Cherish the Green Space: A Practical Solution for Urban Development" and view the photograph I captured in Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville here: www.hotcoffeegroup.net/blog/cherish-the-green-space
Thank you to local historians for speaking to the Pike County Historical, Genealogical, and Preservation Society on the economic history of Brundidge. I will use the information in efforts to recruit business and industry to Pike County and rural areas. #Our67
Our state's Black Belt is rich in cultural history. Thank you to Black Belt Treasures, in conjuction with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, for hosting a conference entitled, "Pride of Place: Arts & Culture, Geography, and Way of Life of Alabama's Black Belt." #Our67
Pictured with fellow historian Donald G. Nobles, Retired Honors Program Director at Auburn University of Montgomery and Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas, featured Black Belt artist
This morning Governor Kay Ivey gave an excellent economic and employment outlook for the River Region and our entire state at a breakfast hosted by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to all who coordinated the 2018 Alabama Update. It is always refreshing to hear about the positive business climate within our great state.
For eighteen years, Troy University has hosted an annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History. On the evening of 23 January 2018, Troy’s History Department chose author and historian Dr. Hardy Jackson to speak on the history of gulf coast property development from the 1920s to today. Thank you, Troy University, for coordinating this insightful talk. (You made this economic developer, commercial real estate developer, and Alabama historian’s day! ;) )