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November 2019 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

More big economic development news broke this month, as well as some election updates. Koch Foods Expanding to Alabama: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey joined representatives of Koch Foods and local leaders in Etowah County to announce that the company plans to invest more than $50 million to establish a state-of-of-the-art

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November 2019 Group Watch: New AL Democratic Party Chair

State Representative Chris England of Tuscaloosa was elected Alabama Democratic Party chair after months of struggle inside and outside the state party. England received 104 of 171 ballots cast at the meeting of the State Democratic Executive Committee. The vote came after 172 members of the State Democratic Executive Committee,

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November 2019 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@willainsworthAL Nov 10 Favorite picture from yesterday. Enjoyed visiting and discussing policy with the President @realDonaldTrump and First Lady @FLOTUS Proud of the roaring ovation they received and deserved.

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November 2019 Group Watch: Ella Bell Passes

Ella Bell, who served on the Alabama Board of Education for 19 years, died on November 3. Ms. Bell was a champion for numerous causes in Montgomery and throughout her district in the Blackbelt, one of the poorest areas of the state. She was passionate about children and improving access

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November 2019 Group Watch: New Montgomery County Probate Judge

General Ed Crowell, who recently ran for mayor in Montgomery, is Montgomery County’s new probate judge thanks to the appointment by Governor Ivey that was announced November 13. He replaces Steven Reed, who was sworn in as Montgomery’s mayor on November 12. Ivey noted that Crowell’s long history of service drove her

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October 2019 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

Governor Ivey has been busy this month: helping Alabama hospitals while also undergoing treatment for her own health issues and making a major economic development announcement Gov. Ivey Provides Extra Fed Funds for Hospitals: The governor released a conditional state appropriation that will result in extra payments to state hospitals for treating

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October 2019 Group Watch: Runoff Updates

Charlotte Meadows won the GOP runoff for Alabama House District 74, which covers a large part of East Montgomery. She will face Democrat Rayford Mack in a special election on November 12, 2019 to replace Dimitri Polizos who died earlier this year. Van Smith, the GOP winner for Alabama House District 42, which covers parts

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October 2019 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@thebloomgroup Oct 14 RT: ABC 33/40 News @abc3340 Please RT so that everyone sees this.. Maybe someone can help get Cupcake home safe!

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October 2019 Group Watch: Prison Special Session

Many forecasted the governor would call a special session during October to address the crisis in the Alabama Department of Corrections. but it is now apparent that the governor and legislature will wait until the regular session in early February to tackle head on the problems that will be an

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October 2019 Group Watch: Manufacture Alabama Announces COO

Manufacture Alabama has named Garrett Jemison as the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer. Jemison recently served as a consultant in both Montgomery and Washington D.C., representing energy companies, higher education institutions, chambers of commerce and other organizations. Jemison served as state director for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby from 2011-2014, managing

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