AL ECONOMICS

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – It’s a source of capital that has financed nearly $3 billion in business activities since it was launched. It has helped Alabama land major new employers. It is helping small businesses expand their operations. And it is helping create or sustain thousands of jobs. But ask Kirk Barrett what he sees as the greatest impact of Regions Bank’s Alabama Economic Development Loan Pool, and he will not point to business construction or expanded payrolls. Barrett is chief operating officer of Haynes Ambulance of Alabama. Last year, Haynes turned to Regions for loan pool financing to help the

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A new era of collaboration between Alabama business leaders and education officials anchors a series of innovative initiatives that take aim at transforming workforce development efforts and improving educational outcomes in the state. These proposals are detailed in a report prepared by the Alabama Workforce Council, which is now being made available to the public. The AWC, a blue-ribbon panel of business executives, educators and lawmakers, recently presented its 64-page report to Governor Robert Bentley. The recommendations in the report include: Establishing a Statewide Longitudinal Data System to provide better information about education and workforce trends to

Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary today joined teachers, parents, and military families in support of the Alabama College and Career-Ready Standards. The Alabama College and Career-Ready Standards are under assault by SB 101 that would repeal them and replace them standards from the 1990s. At a two-hour public hearing conducted by the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee, Canary spoke in opposition to SB 101 that would repeal the Alabama College and Career-Ready Standards and in support of the current standards. “The standards are benchmarks of proficiency in mathematics and English language arts that will

MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is 5.8%, down from January’s rate of 6.0%, and well below February 2014’s rate of 7.2%. “Alabama’s February unemployment rate is very good news for our state,” Governor Bentley said. “This month’s drop contributes to the 15 month trend we’ve seen with no increase in unemployment. Over two million Alabamians are working – the most since 2008. Our economy supported more jobs in February than it has during the same period since 2008. We also experienced a significant increase in construction jobs,  which bodes well for the state’s economic health.” Preliminary data shows that all 67 counties experienced unemployment rate decreases both month over month

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Alabama is a state with vast natural resources; home-grown, farm-raised, or fresh-caught food products. Which is why it seems to

MONTGOMERY— Alabama’s First Class Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program continues to lead the nation in quality for the ninth year in a row,

FAITH

Fyffe, AL Fyffe Ministries will present “THIS IS OUR STORY” taking place at 778 Main Street in Fyffe on Sunday, April 5 at 8:30 am and again at 11:00 am; featuring Fyffe Worship and real people who have lived real lives, sharing their life changing deliverances found in the shadow of the cross. Every human being has been created with divine purpose – to be the very “Children of God”. There is bondage of sin that seeks to keep us all from that internal destiny. Lead Pastor Tony Thomas is proud to bring “THIS IS OUR STORY” this Easter during an