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January 2021 Group Watch: “Rocket City” Living Up to the Name

The Secretary of the U.S. Air Force announced that Huntsville has been selected as the preferred location for the headquarters of the new U.S. Space Command, a move that is natural fit for Alabama’s “Rocket City” and its longtime support of space and defense programs. Goals of the new command

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January 2021 Group Watch: Report Shows Airports Drive Economic Progress

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Aeronautics Bureau recently released the summary findings of the 2020 Statewide Airport Economic Import Study. It reports that Alabama’s 80 public airports are economic engines for their local communities and significant contributors to the overall state economy. Airports in the state generate more than $4.9 billion in state economic

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January 2021 Group Watch: Veronica Crock Joins Commerce Team

Veronica Crock, an experienced economic developer and former educator who focuses on workforce preparedness, has joined the business development team at the Alabama Department of Commerce. Crock, who holds the title of senior project manager, will concentrate her efforts on advanced manufacturing projects statewide. She will also have an initial

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January 2021 Group Watch: Expansion at Jasper Lumber Facility

Jasper Lumber Co. and Canada’s Tolko Industries Ltd. have formed a partnership that will expand lumber production at a Walker County facility through a $45 million project creating at least 60 new jobs. The investment will triple capacity at Jasper Lumber’s existing sawmill and create additional activity for its other

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January 2021 Group Watch: Briggs & Stratton $9.4M Expansion

Briggs & Stratton announced a $9.4 million expansion at its Auburn facility, which is expected to create 35 new jobs over the next year. The facility is located in the Auburn Technology Park South and remains one of the largest manufacturing employers in East Alabama. Based in Wisconsin, Briggs &

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January 2021 Group Watch: Law Enforcement Forms Alliance to Fight Human Trafficking

Federal, state and tribal authorities, and nonprofits have joined to form a task force aimed at improving prosecutions of human traffickers and aiding victims. The Alabama Anti Human Trafficking Alliance, funded by a $2.9 million grant from the Department of Justice, will coordinate response and resources. The Alabama Attorney General’s

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December 2020 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

As we get ready to enjoy the holidays and (happily) bid 2020 farewell, we’ve got mostly good news to share. And look for Group Watch in your inbox weekly when the 2021 Legislative Session begins next year! Governor Signs Emergency Proclamation: Governor Kay Ivey signed a supplemental emergency proclamation to address tax

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December 2020 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

Tweet of the Month @thebloomgroup Dec 16 Rest In Peace Hero.

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December 2020 Group Watch: Merry Christmas & Very Happy New Year

From all of us at The Bloom Group, we hope your holiday season is safe and full of joy, despite any differences or challenges COVID has brought to your plans. Goodbye 2020, and welcome, welcome 2021!

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December 2020 Group Watch: Justice Department Sueing Alabama

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the State of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC). The complaint alleges that the conditions at Alabama’s prisons for men violate the Constitution. The department says Alabama does not provide adequate protection against prisoner-on-prisoner violence and sexual abuse.

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