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

Positive economic news and appointment announcements top the news in Alabama politics this month. Gov. Ivey Replaces Chris Elliot on ATRIP-II Committee: Governor Kay Ivey appointed State Senator Vivian Davis Figures to serve on the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II Committee replacing State Senator Chris Elliot. Ivey pointed to Figures track

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September 2019 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@thebloomgroup Sept 11 They sacrifice for us. “She thought she was going it alone, until her husband walked through the door.” Watch the video.

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September 2019 Group Watch: AL Hospitals Sue Opioid Makers

A group of 21 Alabama hospitals have filed a lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors, taking the battle over the epidemic to the courts. The 21 plaintiffs filed suit in the Circuit Court of Conecuh County that Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens fueled the nation’s deadly

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September 2019 Group Watch: Legislation Boosts Rural Biz

Alabama’s unemployment is at an all-time low and with many companies relocating to its business-friendly environment, our state’s economy is strong. Unfortunately, rural counties have lagged behind their urban neighbors in infrastructure development, job creation and revenue growth. The Alabama Incentives Modernization (AIM) Act, passed earlier this year by the legislature is

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September 2019 Group Watch: Bloom Group Adds to Its Team

We here at The Bloom Group are thrilled to announce an addition to our team. Sara Elizabeth Burnham has joined the company and will be a valuable asset to our present and potential clients thanks to her political and business experience and strong, longstanding relationships. Burnham is currently a real estate agent with Bell & Corwin and

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September 2019 Group Watch: CEO of Republic Services, Inc. Honored

Republic Services, Inc. recently announced that Chief Executive Officer Donald “Don” W. Slager was recognized on Forbes’ 2019 America’s Most Innovative Leaders list. Slager ranks #43 of the top 100 innovators and visionaries and is the sole recycling and solid waste services executive on the inaugural list. As Chief Executive Officer since 2011,

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September 2019 Group Watch: AL Opens European Biz Development Office

The Alabama Department of Commerce has opened a business development office in Stuttgart, Germany, to enhance the state’s strategic efforts to attract European companies considering job-creating investments in the United States. Christoph Dorr, an experienced German businessman who spent seven years in charge of an industrial operation in Alabama, serves

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

Movers and shakers in Alabama politics are moving and shaking this month, with announcements, appointments and promotions topping the headlines. Head of Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Announced: Josh Laney has been named  Director of the newly established Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. Laney, who previously served as Senior Director of Workforce Development

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August 2019 Group Watch: Rep. Roby Announces Retirement; Says Future Plans Still Unknow

U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R, Montgomery, surprised many a few weeks ago when she announced that she would not seek reelection to Congress when her current term (her fifth) ends. At a recent Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce event, Roby spoke more about the decision but gave few concrete details. She said

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August 2019 Group Watch: AL Hospitals Benefit from Medicare Change

Hospital industry officials are pleased with a recent rule change that will provide wage index increases for four years to hospitals that have been on the low end of reimbursement. Senator Richard Shelby, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the rule change earlier this month. The change in 2020

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