Today we climbed 110 stories in memory of fallen 9/11 firefighters along with over 350 firefighters and supporters from around our state.
This is the eighth annual event with a record turnout. Each participant chose to commemorate the life of a fallen hero. To the families of Thomas O'Hagan and Captain Thomas C. Moody, I will climb annually in your honor. #Our67 #Honor911
(More photographs soon)
Remembering 9/11 Today: To all who lost loved ones as a result of 11 September 2001, You Are Not Forgotten. 🇺🇸
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
One of our friends was kind enough to give us a great view of the Alabama home opener. We also had a peek at one of the most well-decorated fire stations in our state. Roll Tide! #Our67 #BlessedBeyondMeasure 🏈🐘
We had an enlightening evening in Birmingham with presidential historian John Meacham - Thank you, PARCA, for organizing this informative speaking engagement. #Our67
It was great to be in Columbiana last week for an informative discussion about mental health needs and services in Shelby County. Probate Judge Allison Boyd and Chilton Shelby Mental Health administrator Daphne Kendrick discussed the correlation between mental health issues and opioid abuse, the prison system, as well as non-judgmental resources available in Shelby County. #Our67 #ShelbyCounty
GOOD NEWS 🌟 #al200: 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. Young people are part of the team. It is important for students to be engaged because they will be more likely to continue to serve their communities as adults.
Congratulations to all of the schools that received grants from Governor Ivey. Schools will use the funds to facilitate student-led community engagement projects, which will take place throughout our state. What a special way and time in our state's history to showcase the heart of Alabamians.
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/09/04/ivey-announces-alabama-bicentennial-schools-of-excellence/
GOOD NEWS - More jobs for rural Alabama 🌟: Forestry and paper products is one of the state of Alabama’s targeted industries. Alabama has the second largest timberland base in the nation, which includes over 23 million acres dedicated to forestry. Recent data shows that Alabama exported 1.3 billion dollars of forestry products annually, and the industry contributes a total of over 23 billion dollars annually to Alabama’s economy. These numbers continue to attract companies (and more jobs) to our state.
Abbeville Fiber is a win for rural Alabama. The sawmill currently employs 65 people and is estimated to increase employment to approximately 115 by this time next year, which will bring continued economic benefits for Henry County.
More here: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/09/03/state-of-the-art-sawmill-opens-in-henry-county/
Another Alabama project makes national news! Vuteq, a global automotive supplier, along with Governor Kay Ivey, announced last week that the company would invest $60MM in a manufacturing facility to serve the Mazda Toyota plant. 🚗
More here via Autobody News: https://www.autobodynews.com/index.php/southeastern/item/18326-automotive-supplier-vuteq-to-create-200-jobs-in-al.html
More GOOD NEWS: Vuteq is a respected automotive supplier with an extensive overseas network that includes locations in Asia, North America, and South America. The company plans to create interior and exterior plastic-injected parts as well as a myriad of subassemblies for vehicles manufactured at the Mazda Toyota plant in the Huntsville-City annexed area of Limestone County.
Suppliers are a vital component of the supply chain. The project will yield an estimated 200 jobs and is a testament to Alabama’s leadership in the automotive industry.
More here in Alabama Political Reporter: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/08/26/auto-supplier-vuteq-to-create-200-jobs-in-alabama/
GOOD NEWS - DaikyoNishikawa breaks ground on first US plant in Alabama 🚗: Through collaborative efforts between the public and private sector, our state has positioned itself as a national and global leader the automotive industry. The state of Alabama continues to unveil major automotive industry-related announcements, which translates into more jobs in our area. DaikyoNishikawa's decision to establish its first US presence at the Mazda Toyota plant in north Alabama is an important component of the automotive supply chain and is a testament to the creation of an environment conducive for business.
Photo Credit: Alabama Department of Commerce
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/08/23/ivey-attends-daikyonishikawa-u-s-groundbreaking-in-huntsville/
Increasing access to healthcare in Alabama's rural areas has always been important to me. As technology has advanced, helping folks understand the connection between rural broadband and telemedicine has been an essential part of that mission.
Today I would like to highlight Alicia Winkle, LPC, a client skilled in her craft who the Wall Street Journal recently featured for using telemedicine to help patients diagnosed with mental illness. Keep up the great work, and thank you for helping people in Alabama's rural communities. #Our67
A team effort between the Economic Development Association of Alabama, Alabama Department of Corrections, and Board of Pardons and Paroles: we had an informative discussion about the correlation between stable employment and reduced recidivism.
Learn more here in the Alabama Political Reporter: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/07/31/economic-developers-examine-prison-situation/
GOOD NEWS: Business Facilities Magazine is a respected publication in the field of economic development and this year, recognized Alabama’s achievements in several areas: business climate, manufacturing, workforce training leaders, automotive manufacturing, and foreign trade zone export activity.
Economic development is a continuous process of cultivating relationships, investing in human capital, and working with communities to find their hidden talent within. Governor Ivey, the Alabama Department of Commerce, and thousands of members of the business community collaborate daily to foster an environment conducive for economic growth. We work together as a team to recruit and retain business and industry, and ultimately, it is the heart and the quality of life people experience in Alabama that solidifies every project.
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/07/30/alabama-ranked-no-3-in-business-climate/
GOOD NEWS: 2A, a respected automotive supplier with locations in Italy, the United States, and China, launched R & D programs and has developed parts ready for assembly in various OEM lines. OEMs, or original equipment manufacturer(s), produce parts and equipment that can be marketed by other manufacturers. 2A’s recent expansion in the United States will result in approximately 50 more jobs at the Auburn, Alabama facility.
Through collaborative efforts between the public and private sector, our state has positioned itself as a national and global leader the automotive industry. In the past few weeks, the state of Alabama has had three major automotive industry-related announcements. 2A’s decision to expand its US presence at the Auburn foundry is an important component of the automotive supply chain and is a testament to the creation of an environment conducive for business. We are looking forward to the unveiling of 2A’s new technology in March of 2020.
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter:
Thank you to the Economic Development Association of Alabama, Department of Corrections, and Board of Pardons and Paroles for hosting an alternative workforce seminar. The program included an engaging tour of Ingram State Technical College as well as in-depth dialogue regarding the importance of steady employment and the correlation with reduced recidivism. #Our67
Thank you to Yellowhammer News for traveling to Marshall county to host a forum on rural broadband. Accessibility to high-speed internet is critical for jobs, healthcare, and education. Teamwork between the public and private sector is essential, and Alabama is off to a great start with grants administered through the Broadband Accessibility Fund. #Our67
GOOD NEWS: The United States is in the space race again. And what an appropriate and nostalgic time in history as this week, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of man on the moon. Whether you are from here or just passing through, a drive along I-565 clearly depicts the role Huntsville, Alabama played in space exploration.
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/07/16/ivey-to-speak-at-dinner-commemorating-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-launch-of-apollo-11/
GOOD NEWS - Rural Broadband Grants Administered: Access to broadband is a request that almost every large-scale employer makes when choosing a site within our state. As a response to the growing need for connectivity, in March 2018, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act into law, which authorized the creation of a broadband accessibility grant program. The bill, sponsored by Senator Clay Scofield and Representative Donnie Chesteen, created the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. This is a great start to achieving the goal of accessibility in all areas of Alabama.
Many rural counties do not initially have the tax base or level of population to fund the infrastructure needed for high-speed internet. The Broadband Accessibility Fund provides financial assistance in the form of grants for service providers to supply high-speed internet services in rural areas with 25,000 residents or less. Under the law, awards shall not exceed 20 percent of the total project cost.
A team effort is needed to help achieve the goal of broadband accessibility, which includes state assistance for the infrastructure administered by ADECA, federal assistance through the USDA, and private sector investments. High-speed internet is needed for jobs, health care, public safety, and education - all which are integral to Alabamians' quality of life.
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter:
Rain or shine, and in any outdoor temperature, Cathedral Caverns is worth the trip. The caverns remain about 62 degrees year-round and contain world records for stalagmites and stalactites. We enjoyed a visit on Saturday afternoon and added a 1.6 mile walk in as part of the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge. #Our67 #100AlabamaMiles