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June 2022 Group Watch: News & Views from the State House

The air outside isn’t the only thing heating up quick in Alabama. The state’s track record in economic development continues its hot streak. Now that she’s officially the Republican nominee for governor, Kay Ivey will no doubt tout Alabama’s recent record of bringing in new industry and jobs while she’s

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June 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@thebloomgroupJune 12, 2022‘Hatred’ between Democrats, Republicans worse than Alabama-Auburn fans, ‘Meet the Press’ panelist sayshttps://al.com/news/2022/06/hatred-between-democrats-republicans-worse-than-alabama-auburn-fans-meet-the-press-panelist-says.html

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June 2022 Group Watch: AL Earns National Acclaim for Economic Development

Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Area Development, a national business publication, has selected Alabama for a Silver Shovel Award, recognizing the state’s economic development successes in 2021. The honor reflects strong recruitment results for the Alabama team, with companies announcing new facilities and expansion projects involving $7.7 billion in new capital

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June 2022 Group Watch: Montgomery’s Literacy Successes Garner Positive National Attention

In a recent interview with Fox News, Former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett had a backpack full of negative education news to share, noting the benchmark of third-grade reading proficiency and how badly many school districts are missing it, often due to pandemic-induced learning loss. But he he also pointed to a bright spot: the continual and

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June 2022 Group Watch: AL House Speaker Race Heats Up

With House Speaker Mac McCutcheon retiring from the Alabama Legislature after four terms in the House and seven years as Speaker, the role of Speaker in the House of Representatives is up for grabs. The two top names vying for the spot right now are House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter

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June 2022 Group Watch: Boeing’s Alabama Economic Impact Reaches $2.7 Billion

Boeing contributes more than $2.7 billion each year to Alabama’s economy, along with 9,400 jobs in its sprawling operations and support network. The global space and defense manufacturer, which is marking its 60th year in the state, conducts a wide range of business activities in the Huntsville region, from protecting the

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June 2022 Group Watch: Former U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne to Head Mobile Chamber

Former congressman Bradley Byrne has been named president and CEO of Mobile’s Chamber of Commerce. Byrne served as a state legislator from 2003 to 2007, representing the state’s 32nd Senate district. He was chancellor of the state’s community college system from 2007 to 2009. When Rep. Jo Bonner resigned from congress

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June 2022 Group Watch: Dothan Officials To Build Expandable Spec Building

Officials in Dothan have formally kicked off a project to build a 100,000-square-foot speculative building in the Sam Houston Industrial Park to better prepare the southeast Alabama city for industrial prospects. The building will be located on a 41-acre site called Lot 3 in the platted industrial park at 102

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June 2022 Group Watch: Primaries Put Ivey In as Republican Nominee; Force Several Runoffs

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has won the Republican nomination for governor without a runoff, despite having eight opponents. Ivey had more than 55 percent of the vote; Lindy Blanchard was a distant second with slightly more than 19 percent of the vote, and Tim James was the only other candidate with double-digit support with

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June 2022 Group Watch: Gov Ivey Declares June 15 “Elder Abuse Day”

Governor Kay Ivey declared June 15, 2022, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Alabama to raise awareness about mistreatment of the elderly. It is estimated at least one in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced elder abuse, and Alabama is not immune to the problem. According to the Alabama

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