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December 2019 Group Watch: Gov. Awards Census Grants

Governor Ivey recently announced grant awards to entities throughout Alabama to support efforts to promote, educate and encourage participation among Alabamians in the 2020 Census. The funds provided by the legislature will go to 34 government agencies and organizations for programs to increase Alabama’s self-response rate during the 2020 Census

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December 2019 Group Watch: AL Board Of Ed Replacing Math Standards With New AL-Created Math Standards

The Alabama State Board of Education recently voted to adopt a new set of mathematics standards that are poised to pave the way towards academic success for Alabama students. The new standards were developed over almost two years by the Alabama Mathematics Course of Study (COS) Committee comprised of veteran

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December 2019 Group Watch: Employers Recruiting With Affordable Childcare

An avalanche of 25,000 new jobs over the next five years threatens to bury North Alabama on its own success, sending business leaders scrambling for new ways to entice millennials to fill those jobs. In the hunt for solutions, employers rediscovered an old problem: Childcare is expensive. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing

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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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