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November 2022 Group Watch: Alabama Adds New High School Graduation Requirement For Class Of 2028

The Alabama Board of Education recently voted 5-2 to add a new requirement that students must complete to eventually earn their Alabama high school diploma. Prior to dropping the graduation exam, the state adopted different types of accomplishments – called college and career readiness (CCR) indicators – that would serve as evidence

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November 2022 Group Watch: Innovate Alabama Taps Huntsville Biz Owner as Founding CEO

Innovate Alabama named Huntsville businesswoman and Alabama A&M alum Cynthia Crutchfield as its first founding CEO. The Montgomery native brings to the position 40 years of experience in helping innovators grow roots across the state. Crutchfield is chief operating officer of the Crutchfield Company, a Huntsville real estate investment business that provides

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November 2022 Group Watch: AL House Gains New Young Member & First Jewish Member in 40 Years

The Alabama House will welcome some new faces in the 2023 session, including the youngest sitting member and one of the youngest state legislators ever. Twenty-seven-year-old Brock Colvin of Albertville was just elected to the seat for District 26. The Republican representative told the press he’s excited to give younger residents in his district

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November 2022 Group Watch: AL Rural Healthcare Providers Get Grants

It’s largely accepted that rural and low-income areas in Alabama are at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving quality health care. To address the concerns of those living in theses areas, the USDA has awarded $7.3 million in emergency rural healthcare grants to rural Alabama. Eleven facilities across the

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November 2022 Group Watch: AL Republicans Announce New Leaders Ahead of Session

Earlier this month, the Alabama House Republican Caucus met and chose Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, as its nominee for Speaker of the House; State Rep. Chris Pringle, R-Mobile, as its Speaker Pro Tem nominee; State Rep. Scott Stadthagen, R-Decatur, as House Majority Leader; State Rep. Wes Kitchens, R-Arab, as Caucus Vice Chair; and State Rep. Debbie Wood, R-Valley, as

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November 2022 Group Watch: U.S. Steel Moving Full Speed Ahead in AL

U.S. Steel CFO Jessica Graziano said the company’s electric arc furnace at Fairfield Works near Birmingham will operate at near maximum capacity for seamless pipe in the fourth quarter. While the company continues to navigate challenges due to escalating raw materials and energy costs, the company is on pace for its second-best

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November 2022 Group Watch: Gov. Ivey Taps New Staff

After handily winning the governor’s election and gearing up for her second term Governor Kay Ivey has made a staff change. She’s appointed Drew Harrell as director of legislative affairs. He comes to the position from the BCA, where he was most recently that organization’s vice president of governmental affairs. Read more here.

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November 2022 Group Watch: Wishing You & Yours a Wonderful Thanksgiving

As we all prepare for Thanksgiving and the accompanying feast (where are those stretchy pants?), we at The Bloom Group want to stress who grateful we are for our clients. From each BG team member, thank you for entrusting your governmental relations needs to us; thank you for giving us the opportunity to

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October 2022 Group Watch: Tweet of the Month

@1819NewsOct 23October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one Alabama family is an example of how important it is to stay aware and ask questions.

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October 2022 Group Watch: High-Speed Internet in Alabama

In January of this year, the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Kay Ivey approved a plan to spend $276 million of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act federal funds on the expansion of access to high-speed internet. Recently, the governor and legislative leaders announced that $82 million of that would be

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