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June 2021 Group Watch: Alabama Wins Gold Shovel Award

Area Development, a prominent national business publication, has selected Alabama for its Gold Shovel Award, recognizing the state’s economic development success in the manufacturing sector during a challenging 2020. The honor follows a year of strong results for Alabama, with companies announcing new facilities and expansion projects involving nearly $5

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June 2021 Group Watch: Company Called Landing Leaving California to Land in Bham

Landing, the nationwide membership network of fully-furnished apartments, is relocating its headquarters from San Francisco to Birmingham. The company plans to create 816 new full-time jobs as it continues to grow in a time when housing is at a premium nationwide. Landing’s new headquarters will be located in downtown Birmingham

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June 2021 Group Watch: Manufacture Alabama Endorses Ivey

The state’s only trade association dedicated exclusively to the needs and interests of manufacturers and their partner industries and businesses, Manufacture Alabama has endorsed Governor Ivey for re-election. In a statement put out by the association, MA president Georger Clark explains that Ivey has earned the associations support, “due to her commitment to our

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June 2021 Group Watch: AL Lawmakers Reflect on Session; Tout Medical Marijuana Law

Legislators in Limestone County recently rehashed the activity of the 2021 regular session and called it, overall, “a success.” There was much discussion of the passage of the medical marijuana bill and the governor signing it into law, something that only a few years ago, seemed impossible. Several in attendance spoke about

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June 2021 Group Watch: State Rep. Selected for Exclusive Leadership Program

State Rep. Rex Reynolds, R-Huntsville, was selected to participate in the 2021 Emerging Legislative Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the state Legislative Leaders Foundation. It allows up to 50 of the best and brightest legislators from across

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June 2021 Group Watch: Nancy Gardner Sewell, Mother of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, Dies

Congresswoman Terri Sewell announced on social media the passing of her mother. She was 81 at the time of her death and was the first African-American councilwoman for Selma, Alabama. We extend our profound condolences to Rep. Terri Sewell and the family.

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May 20, 2021 Group Watch:

The 2021 regular session of the Alabama Legislature is over. The body met for its 30th and final legislative day this past Monday. Every year, there are legislative winners and losers, and this year was no different. On the success side, the big news includes the passage of a medical marijuana bill that has

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May 20, 2021 Group Watch: Tweet of the Week

@AL_League May 15 Greg Cochran, ALM Executive Director, and ALM’s newly elected President and Vice President recognized Immediate Past President Mayor Leigh Dollar of Guntersville for her outstanding leadership on behalf of the League and its membership.

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May 20, 2021 Group Watch: Alabama Stands with Israel

Before the session was over, the Senate passed a resolution outlining the state’s support of Israel. It expresses “solidarity with Israel in its defense against terrorism in the Gaza Strip.” Read the full resolution below. SJR138-int

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May 20, 2021 Group Watch: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Kay Ivey’s Prison Plan

A Montgomery County Circuit Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by State Auditor Jim Zeigler and others challenging Gov. Ivey’s plan to lease and operate privately owned prisons. The court granted a request by the Alabama Department of Corrections to dismiss the case. The court rejected claims that the prison leases violate

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