GOOD NEWS: Forestry and Paper Products is one of the state of Alabama’s dominant industries. Alabama has the second largest timberland base in the United States and is ranked Number 7 for lumber production.
What a blessing for Westervelt Co. to increase its presence in Alabama once again with a new wood products manufacturing facility in rural Clarke County. The company has been in our state for 134 years, a presence that highlights Westervelt’s important role as Alabama continues to lead in the Forestry Products industry.
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Thank you, Huntsville Police Department, for hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events class this evening. The program provided attendees with methods of how to survive an active shooter event.
Hopefully we will never have to use these techniques, but here they are: [A.D.D. - Avoid the shooter (get as far away as possible - get out); if you cannot avoid, then Deny the shooter access to your area (locking/barricading doors, etc.); if all else fails - Defend your right to live - team with others to knock down and restrain the shooter.] #Our67
Thank you to the Village of Providence for coordinating a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which included a toy drive for Toys for Tots. This was a beautiful event for my daughter and I to attend that provided teachable moments about giving and gratitude. #Our67
Today the National Park Service and Alabama State Parks teamed with Jacksonville State University at Little River Canyon to host the third annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike. We had fun amidst beautiful scenery (and also worked off some of yesterday's meal!) Thank you to all who coordinated and participated in this memorable activity. #Our67 #OptOutside
Happy Thanksgiving from the Jones Family. Many blessings to you today and always! #Our67
GOOD NEWS: Much has progressed with site prep since we sat in Montgomery for the official unveiling of the Mazda Toyota joint venture manufacturing plant ten months ago. Folks are excited about the 4,000 job opportunities that await with global companies that consistently invest in their workforce and communities.
Read more here: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/11/19/mazda-toyota-auto-plant-breaks-ground-in-limestone-county/
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GOOD NEWS: Forestry Products is one of the state of Alabama's dominant industries. Alabama has the second largest timberland base in the United States and is ranked Number 7 for lumber production. Estimated by the University of Alabama's economic modeling to produce an impact of over $26 million, the addition of the newest Georgia-Pacific lumber facility will generate a significant economic boost for the City of Talladega, Talladega County, and the surrounding area.
Georgia-Pacific's continued presence (now eight sites in Alabama) is a prime example of what can result when the public and private sector work together to create communities that people want to be a part of long-term. And, using a saw to cut a piece of red, white, and blue lumber in place of a ribbon is perhaps the most creative ceremony we have ever seen - a 'cutting edge' way showcase products Made in Alabama and Made in the USA!
We continued a tradition of celebrating my son and daughter's birthday at one of their favorite places - Bryant-Denny Stadium - and were blessed to have the best weather of the season! Happy Birthday, Hayden and Sheridan. I am proud of the young man and young lady you have become. #Our67 #RollTide
Today the Madison County Sheriff's Dept is collecting nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of North Alabama in the Whole Foods parking lot (Bob Wallace and the Parkway) until 6PM. A wonderful representation of how our community bands together to help folks in need #Our67
Thank you to all who coordinated the Bridge Street Christmas Tree Lighting. What a beautiful evening with family and friends - and the best fireworks show to-date! #Our67 #Mix969
GOOD NEWS: Site Selection Magazine is a leading, respected publication in our industry. For the third consecutive year, Alabama has earned placement in the Top Ten for both the Business Climate and Site Selection analysis categories of the survey, which is a testament to teamwork. The public and private sector consistently collaborate and thus create an environment conducive for business. Companies then are able to create jobs that enable Alabamians to earn a good living that they can be proud of. We all benefit from Alabama working again.
More here: http://www.alreporter.com/2018/11/12/site-selection-magazine-rates-alabama-8-in-business-climate/?fbclid=IwAR3ZSXi7NDYs75kR9YlLESxnfWv03FLoaYq24yWAXIlSeCc1zrSfkzgfsFk
Yesterday the American Red Cross officially opened their new office in Huntsville. It was a beautiful time to recognize an organization that, during tough situations, serves humanity with strength and grace. #Our67
It is difficult to put into words how appreciative we are of officers who risk their lives every day on behalf of humanity. Thank you to all, living and passed, for your service.
This afternoon Huntsville Police Department unveiled a memorial brick in memory of Officer Keith Earle. A heartfelt way to honor a fallen hero –
This afternoon a special friend helped us kick off the Small Business Saturday/Shop Small campaign. It looks like I may have a buddy to help me shop locally for Christmas gifts this season... she likes peppermint bark! #ShopSmall #ShopAlabama#DoubleYourGift We hope to see you around town! #Our67
Thank you to the Eastern Area Mayor’s Association for the opportunity to speak about Economic Development: Principles and Practice. We shared ideas on how to build our communities and our state. It was nice to meet with such a dedicated group of public servants. #Our67 #teamwork
Today the Alabama Retail Association in conjunction with chambers around our state kicked off the annual Small Business Saturday/Shop Small campaign. When we shop locally for goods and services, we support our neighbors, and revenue stays within our local economy. Thank you to Brooks and Collier and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County for hosting the Huntsville announcement! #Our67 #ShopSmall #DoubleYourGift #shopsmallhsv
GOOD NEWS: The partnership with Hilton Hotels and Valor Hospitality will establish a world-class environment that guests can count on, which should generate repeat visits to a beautiful area of our state and a tremendous economic boost for the local economy and Alabama.
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. Thank you to all who collaborated to bring this project to fruition.
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The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24
Thank you, veterans, for your courage, sacrifices, and service. Our hearts are forever indebted to you.