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.
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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
GOOD NEWS: DC Blox in Birmingham now open - Data centers are one of the State of Alabama’s foundational business targets, meaning they intrinsically provide core competencies for a variety of industries. A Birmingham-based data center will help organizations in the area that serve the public and private sector become more efficient by allowing DC Blox to manage their data.
More here in the Alabama Political Reporter: www.alreporter.com/2019/07/12/dc-blox-holds-grand-opening/
GOOD NEWS: Gerhardi, Inc. Plant Now Open - Alabama has positioned itself as a leader nationally and globally in the automotive industry. Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield announced at the ceremony that our state currently ranks at number five for automobile production, with an anticipated rise to number two by 2024.
Gerhardi’s investment in Alabama will create an anticipated 235 direct jobs in the River Region. Gerhardi, a supplier, supports the automobile industry through innovative technologies related to plastics that include injection molding, electroplating, and assembly. Gerhardi executives shared that currently, the company has contracts with BMW and Mercedes and is seeking to do business with additional brands. Gerhardi’s decision to locate in the United States, and specifically, Alabama, is an important part of the supply chain and a testament to the creation of an environment conducive for business.
Gerhardi has been in existence almost as long as the United States has been a nation and has a reputation for creating innovative, world-class components. Thank you, Gerhardi, for choosing Montgomery, Alabama as the site of your first plant in the US.
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There is something to be said about excellent customer service and companies that emphasize it as part of their culture. Folks who take pride in their work truly can brighten someone's day. Nice work, Love's Travel Stop at I-65 Exit 208 (Clanton). Love's are my favorite stations! #Our67 ❤
Today auto supplier Gerhardi celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Montgomery. This is Gerhardi's first facility in North America! The project will create approximately 235 jobs in the River Region. #Our67
Republican Women of Huntsville July luncheon - the largest crowd in the club's history / Thank you to all who remain steadfast in upholding Republican policies. #Our67
Thank you to all who sponsored and attended the Alabama Bicentennial - Montgomery Biscuits game! Folks packed the seats of Riverwalk Stadium and players sported bicentennial jerseys to celebrate 200 years of Alabama history. #Our67
Over the past two weeks I have spent time in 15 Alabama counties. A favorite included Monroeville (Monroe County), where we stood in awe as we gazed upon the recreation of the famous scene in To Kill A Mockingbird. #Our67 #MonroeCounty
GOOD NEWS: It was a joy for my son and I to witness the camaraderie and sportsmanship on the field and in the stands of Nationals Park. We are proud of our friend and Congressman Mo Brooks for his bravery when he assisted a fallen comrade during a senseless act of domestic terrorism two years ago. Mo remained steadfast and took the field along with his colleagues for the subsequent games.
The 2019 Congressional Baseball Game raised over 1.3 million dollars for children's charities. It was a beautiful evening to celebrate America's pastime with thousands on and off the field who banded together to help others.
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My son and I spent a beautiful evening in DC with watching our friend Mo Brooks play in the Congressional Baseball Game. The event yielded over 1.3 million dollars for children's charities. #TeamBrooks #CBG2019 #Our67
Thank you to all who collaborated to form the Invention to Innovation Center (I²C), a regional initiative on the UAH campus that accelerates commercialization of technology-based ventures through incubation, co-working, mentorship, funding, and strategic support. As an alumna of UAH, it is wonderful to witness another expansion that fosters creativity and incubation of ventures that support all of Alabama's dominant industries. #Our67
Today the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society met and featured Carol Codori, who presented on the history of the nineteenth-century sidewalk - now beautifully restored on our Courthouse square. #Our67
A great crowd at the Tennessee Valley Republican Club this morning featuring Tommy Tuberville and many others - Thank you to Earth and Stone Pizza for offering your venue every month. (Huntsville and Madison folks, please support this local business!) #Our67
Thank you all at the Alabama Bicentennial and the Huntsville Botanical Garden who coordinated the opening reception and the next stop for Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit is now on display in the Propst Guest Center and is free and open to the public during garden hours. #Our67
Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. Let us take a moment to reflect upon the courage of the 156,000 troops willing to risk their lives to save the free world. #Our67 #TheGreatestGeneration
More here in USA Today, which features Alabama native George Mills: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/06/d-day-anniversary-veterans-recall-landing-changed-world/1358160001/
Photo credit: John Fritze, USA Today
TBT: When you look at the number of quality projects Alabama has won over the past few years, it is easy to recognize that we are living in a blessed time in our state's economic history. #Our67 #teamwork #jobs #QualityOfLife /
February 2016 - Our state's inaugural Economic Growth Summit celebrated Alabama’s recent economic development projects and fostered ideas to make Alabama our nation's most attractive state for business. I was honored to introduce Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and the panel discussion entitled, "Site Selection Experts: National Economic Trends and Emerging Industries."
Thank you to Yellowhammer News and the Alabama Department of Commerce for coordinating such an insightful conference.
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