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  • Gov. Ivey travels to Japan, meets with automakers

    Excerpt from WVTM:

    Gov. Kay Ivey departed for Japan Tuesday as part of an economic development team to meet with executives of Toyota, Mazda and Honda automakers.

    The goal of the trip is to facilitate growth in the state’s automotive sector and reinforce relationships with the manufacturers.

    “The auto industry has been a key driver of economic growth in Alabama for two decades, and we want to make sure we’re positioned to see that growth accelerate in coming years,” said Ivey.

    The Japan mission comes as the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA joint venture is beginning to move forward with plans for a $1.6 billion assembly plant in Huntsville that will employ 4,000 people.

  • Wetumpka TEA Party Releases 2018 River Region Candidate Fair Straw Poll Results

    Excerpt from Wetumpka TEA Party:

    The Wetumpka TEA Party hosted a fantastic 2018 River Region Candidate Fair on Mon. April 23rd. A special thanks to the 49 candidates who participated and all of the citizens who came out to visit with them one-on-one and find out where they stand on the issues. We hope this helped you in your decision making process before going to the polls on election day, June 5th.

    This poll is NOT the Wetumpka TEA Party’s endorsement of candidates but is used solely for informational purposes.

  • Alabama Rep. Martha Roby Releases First TV Ad

    From a news release:

    U.S. Representative Martha Roby’s (R-AL) campaign for reelection in Alabama’s Second Congressional District today released its first television ad ahead of the June 5th Republican primary.

    The ad highlights Representative Roby’s strong, conservative stance on tackling our nation’s illegal immigration problem. It also shows the stark contrast between Roby’s clear record of supporting smart border security measures compared to Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “lawn mower” strategy, demonstrating that liberals in Washington are not serious about stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.

    “This has gone on long enough. We need to get serious about our border,” Representative Roby states in the ad. “That’s why I voted to use every tool available to secure it – including a wall.”

We found this video of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall …

(YHN)

When Steve Marshall was appointed Alabama Attorney General in early 2017, Yellowhammer News began researching our state’s new top cop and stumbled upon a video of him speaking off the cuff at his church in Albertville.

“Every now and then, we catch a glimpse of politicians and public servants in candid moments behind a camera or a hot mic,” wrote former Yellowhammer News Editor Larry Huff. “These rare instances often give our readers more insight into public figures than their planned appearances and prepared remarks.”

In the video, Marshall told his Lifepoint Church family that the attorney general appointment made him feel like the luckiest man in Alabama because he had planned to run a long-shot campaign all along for his “dream job”.

“You know, rural DA from Marshall County with no money thinks he can become AG? Well, see what God does?” Marshall said the week he received the appointment. “My prayer throughout this was that I be obedient to God’s will. If I stayed as Marshall County DA until I retired, I would have been a blessed man, but my prayer was one that said, ‘God, if this is where you want me, if this is the place that I need to be able to live through your glory, then this is what I want.’”

“What has struck me is what an amazing platform I have to be somebody that’s a sinner saved by grace but can demonstrate to others that we do the right thing for the right reason,” Marshall said.

Watch the video, visit Marshall’s campaign website and Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter.

 

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

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Alabama nonprofit connects communities through the power of social media

(Serquest/YHN)

Impact your world. Make a difference. Donate.

These are the mantras of Serquest, a new way to give.

Founded by Henry Hammond Cobb IV of Montgomery, the goal of the nonprofit is, “to help connect companies to a powerful nonprofit narrative in their community, where they can invest their time, money and physical resources into life-changing transformation in the city they do business, to change their focus to telling people who they are instead of what they do.”

And it has seen big successes.

Take Good People Brewing, for example. Serquest created a video about Good People Brewing and their involvement with Kings Home, ultimately driving more than 1.5 million views.

Want to watch it, too? See:

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“We realized that the best way to introduce people to our software platform was to help them create powerful media they could deploy to engage their audiences on fundraisers, volunteer events and needed items to distribute in the community to those who need it the most,” said Cobb.

How did this idea start?

When Cobb’s grandfather passed away, he was presented with 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to empty and no great system to do so. After weeks of phone calls, he met someone with an idea: Sell it on a Facebook yard sale group.

“Like magic, in the course of a couple days everything was gone,” said Cobb.

“I realized that what the nonprofit world or industry needed the most was a platform designed to help connect people who have resources to people who need resources efficiently and effectively,” and Serquest was born.

Serquest has helped more than 50 nonprofits since its inception, connecting nonprofits and companies with resources and volunteers.

Companies like Golden Flake.

Cobb is proud of the support Golden Flake has been able to give to Big Oak Ranch, “through building the girls boutique and the boys store and helping to make great citizens in our state by starting early with children.”

And Tacala and the Phoenix Club that helps Boys and Girls club in Birmingham, he said.

But Serquest isn’t done yet.

Cobb says, “Our dream is to create digital roads and bridges to connect individuals and companies to a story they want to define their life and help them get started today.

“It should be almost as easy as hailing an Uber.”

Serquest’s role is to remove roadblocks and to connect communities who want to make a difference — whether at companies, schools or churches.

“In many ways a church is an aggregator like a school or college, and so what we’re trying to do with our Facebook app is have it so any church, school or company can put it on their Facebook page to create this outreach platform to connect members to outreach opportunities,” said Cobb.

In other words, Serquest wants to help you.

“If you run a church, a school or a big hospital, we’re a digital resource to connect the large amount of people that come to you with the large amount of groups that come to you.”

Visit Serquest.com today to learn more about their digital tools.

Alabama nonprofit connects communities through the power of social media

(Serquest/YHN)

Impact your world. Make a difference. Donate.

These are the mantras of Serquest, a new way to give.

Founded by Henry Hammond Cobb IV of Montgomery, the goal of the nonprofit is, “to help connect companies to a powerful nonprofit narrative in their community, where they can invest their time, money and physical resources into life-changing transformation in the city they do business, to change their focus to telling people who they are instead of what they do.”

And it has seen big successes.

Take Good People Brewing, for example. Serquest created a video about Good People Brewing and their involvement with Kings Home, ultimately driving more than 1.5 million views.

Want to watch it, too? See:

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“We realized that the best way to introduce people to our software platform was to help them create powerful media they could deploy to engage their audiences on fundraisers, volunteer events and needed items to distribute in the community to those who need it the most,” said Cobb.

How did this idea start?

When Cobb’s grandfather passed away, he was presented with 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to empty and no great system to do so. After weeks of phone calls, he met someone with an idea: Sell it on a Facebook yard sale group.

“Like magic, in the course of a couple days everything was gone,” said Cobb.

“I realized that what the nonprofit world or industry needed the most was a platform designed to help connect people who have resources to people who need resources efficiently and effectively,” and Serquest was born.

Serquest has helped more than 50 nonprofits since its inception, connecting nonprofits and companies with resources and volunteers.

Companies like Golden Flake.

Cobb is proud of the support Golden Flake has been able to give to Big Oak Ranch, “through building the girls boutique and the boys store and helping to make great citizens in our state by starting early with children.”

And Tacala and the Phoenix Club that helps Boys and Girls club in Birmingham, he said.

But Serquest isn’t done yet.

Cobb says, “Our dream is to create digital roads and bridges to connect individuals and companies to a story they want to define their life and help them get started today.

“It should be almost as easy as hailing an Uber.”

Serquest’s role is to remove roadblocks and to connect communities who want to make a difference — whether at companies, schools or churches.

“In many ways a church is an aggregator like a school or college, and so what we’re trying to do with our Facebook app is have it so any church, school or company can put it on their Facebook page to create this outreach platform to connect members to outreach opportunities,” said Cobb.

In other words, Serquest wants to help you.

“If you run a church, a school or a big hospital, we’re a digital resource to connect the large amount of people that come to you with the large amount of groups that come to you.”

Visit Serquest.com today to learn more about their digital tools.

4 days ago

Alexander Shunnarah goes to Comic Con!

Jay Holloway is this week’s Alexander Shunnarah “Shark of The Week” and he brings some of the best content The Ford Faction has ever seen.  He talks about the time Alex made an appearance at “Comic-Con” the convention for superheroes and other mythological characters.  He went into detail about what his role is at the law firm in a very funny but in depth interview on today’s show.

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We found this video of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall …

(YHN)

When Steve Marshall was appointed Alabama Attorney General in early 2017, Yellowhammer News began researching our state’s new top cop and stumbled upon a video of him speaking off the cuff at his church in Albertville.

“Every now and then, we catch a glimpse of politicians and public servants in candid moments behind a camera or a hot mic,” wrote former Yellowhammer News Editor Larry Huff. “These rare instances often give our readers more insight into public figures than their planned appearances and prepared remarks.”

In the video, Marshall told his Lifepoint Church family that the attorney general appointment made him feel like the luckiest man in Alabama because he had planned to run a long-shot campaign all along for his “dream job”.

“You know, rural DA from Marshall County with no money thinks he can become AG? Well, see what God does?” Marshall said the week he received the appointment. “My prayer throughout this was that I be obedient to God’s will. If I stayed as Marshall County DA until I retired, I would have been a blessed man, but my prayer was one that said, ‘God, if this is where you want me, if this is the place that I need to be able to live through your glory, then this is what I want.’”

“What has struck me is what an amazing platform I have to be somebody that’s a sinner saved by grace but can demonstrate to others that we do the right thing for the right reason,” Marshall said.

Watch the video, visit Marshall’s campaign website and Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter.

 

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

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Alabama nonprofit connects communities through the power of social media

(Serquest/YHN)

Impact your world. Make a difference. Donate.

These are the mantras of Serquest, a new way to give.

Founded by Henry Hammond Cobb IV of Montgomery, the goal of the nonprofit is, “to help connect companies to a powerful nonprofit narrative in their community, where they can invest their time, money and physical resources into life-changing transformation in the city they do business, to change their focus to telling people who they are instead of what they do.”

And it has seen big successes.

Take Good People Brewing, for example. Serquest created a video about Good People Brewing and their involvement with Kings Home, ultimately driving more than 1.5 million views.

Want to watch it, too? See:

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“We realized that the best way to introduce people to our software platform was to help them create powerful media they could deploy to engage their audiences on fundraisers, volunteer events and needed items to distribute in the community to those who need it the most,” said Cobb.

How did this idea start?

When Cobb’s grandfather passed away, he was presented with 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to empty and no great system to do so. After weeks of phone calls, he met someone with an idea: Sell it on a Facebook yard sale group.

“Like magic, in the course of a couple days everything was gone,” said Cobb.

“I realized that what the nonprofit world or industry needed the most was a platform designed to help connect people who have resources to people who need resources efficiently and effectively,” and Serquest was born.

Serquest has helped more than 50 nonprofits since its inception, connecting nonprofits and companies with resources and volunteers.

Companies like Golden Flake.

Cobb is proud of the support Golden Flake has been able to give to Big Oak Ranch, “through building the girls boutique and the boys store and helping to make great citizens in our state by starting early with children.”

And Tacala and the Phoenix Club that helps Boys and Girls club in Birmingham, he said.

But Serquest isn’t done yet.

Cobb says, “Our dream is to create digital roads and bridges to connect individuals and companies to a story they want to define their life and help them get started today.

“It should be almost as easy as hailing an Uber.”

Serquest’s role is to remove roadblocks and to connect communities who want to make a difference — whether at companies, schools or churches.

“In many ways a church is an aggregator like a school or college, and so what we’re trying to do with our Facebook app is have it so any church, school or company can put it on their Facebook page to create this outreach platform to connect members to outreach opportunities,” said Cobb.

In other words, Serquest wants to help you.

“If you run a church, a school or a big hospital, we’re a digital resource to connect the large amount of people that come to you with the large amount of groups that come to you.”

Visit Serquest.com today to learn more about their digital tools.

Alabama nonprofit connects communities through the power of social media

(Serquest/YHN)

Impact your world. Make a difference. Donate.

These are the mantras of Serquest, a new way to give.

Founded by Henry Hammond Cobb IV of Montgomery, the goal of the nonprofit is, “to help connect companies to a powerful nonprofit narrative in their community, where they can invest their time, money and physical resources into life-changing transformation in the city they do business, to change their focus to telling people who they are instead of what they do.”

And it has seen big successes.

Take Good People Brewing, for example. Serquest created a video about Good People Brewing and their involvement with Kings Home, ultimately driving more than 1.5 million views.

Want to watch it, too? See:

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“We realized that the best way to introduce people to our software platform was to help them create powerful media they could deploy to engage their audiences on fundraisers, volunteer events and needed items to distribute in the community to those who need it the most,” said Cobb.

How did this idea start?

When Cobb’s grandfather passed away, he was presented with 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to empty and no great system to do so. After weeks of phone calls, he met someone with an idea: Sell it on a Facebook yard sale group.

“Like magic, in the course of a couple days everything was gone,” said Cobb.

“I realized that what the nonprofit world or industry needed the most was a platform designed to help connect people who have resources to people who need resources efficiently and effectively,” and Serquest was born.

Serquest has helped more than 50 nonprofits since its inception, connecting nonprofits and companies with resources and volunteers.

Companies like Golden Flake.

Cobb is proud of the support Golden Flake has been able to give to Big Oak Ranch, “through building the girls boutique and the boys store and helping to make great citizens in our state by starting early with children.”

And Tacala and the Phoenix Club that helps Boys and Girls club in Birmingham, he said.

But Serquest isn’t done yet.

Cobb says, “Our dream is to create digital roads and bridges to connect individuals and companies to a story they want to define their life and help them get started today.

“It should be almost as easy as hailing an Uber.”

Serquest’s role is to remove roadblocks and to connect communities who want to make a difference — whether at companies, schools or churches.

“In many ways a church is an aggregator like a school or college, and so what we’re trying to do with our Facebook app is have it so any church, school or company can put it on their Facebook page to create this outreach platform to connect members to outreach opportunities,” said Cobb.

In other words, Serquest wants to help you.

“If you run a church, a school or a big hospital, we’re a digital resource to connect the large amount of people that come to you with the large amount of groups that come to you.”

Visit Serquest.com today to learn more about their digital tools.

We found this video of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall …

(YHN)

When Steve Marshall was appointed Alabama Attorney General in early 2017, Yellowhammer News began researching our state’s new top cop and stumbled upon a video of him speaking off the cuff at his church in Albertville.

“Every now and then, we catch a glimpse of politicians and public servants in candid moments behind a camera or a hot mic,” wrote former Yellowhammer News Editor Larry Huff. “These rare instances often give our readers more insight into public figures than their planned appearances and prepared remarks.”

In the video, Marshall told his Lifepoint Church family that the attorney general appointment made him feel like the luckiest man in Alabama because he had planned to run a long-shot campaign all along for his “dream job”.

“You know, rural DA from Marshall County with no money thinks he can become AG? Well, see what God does?” Marshall said the week he received the appointment. “My prayer throughout this was that I be obedient to God’s will. If I stayed as Marshall County DA until I retired, I would have been a blessed man, but my prayer was one that said, ‘God, if this is where you want me, if this is the place that I need to be able to live through your glory, then this is what I want.’”

“What has struck me is what an amazing platform I have to be somebody that’s a sinner saved by grace but can demonstrate to others that we do the right thing for the right reason,” Marshall said.

Watch the video, visit Marshall’s campaign website and Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter.

 

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

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Alabama nonprofit connects communities through the power of social media

(Serquest/YHN)

Impact your world. Make a difference. Donate.

These are the mantras of Serquest, a new way to give.

Founded by Henry Hammond Cobb IV of Montgomery, the goal of the nonprofit is, “to help connect companies to a powerful nonprofit narrative in their community, where they can invest their time, money and physical resources into life-changing transformation in the city they do business, to change their focus to telling people who they are instead of what they do.”

And it has seen big successes.

Take Good People Brewing, for example. Serquest created a video about Good People Brewing and their involvement with Kings Home, ultimately driving more than 1.5 million views.

Want to watch it, too? See:

“We realized that the best way to introduce people to our software platform was to help them create powerful media they could deploy to engage their audiences on fundraisers, volunteer events and needed items to distribute in the community to those who need it the most,” said Cobb.

How did this idea start?

When Cobb’s grandfather passed away, he was presented with 20,000 square feet of warehouse space to empty and no great system to do so. After weeks of phone calls, he met someone with an idea: Sell it on a Facebook yard sale group.

“Like magic, in the course of a couple days everything was gone,” said Cobb.

“I realized that what the nonprofit world or industry needed the most was a platform designed to help connect people who have resources to people who need resources efficiently and effectively,” and Serquest was born.

Serquest has helped more than 50 nonprofits since its inception, connecting nonprofits and companies with resources and volunteers.

Companies like Golden Flake.

Cobb is proud of the support Golden Flake has been able to give to Big Oak Ranch, “through building the girls boutique and the boys store and helping to make great citizens in our state by starting early with children.”

And Tacala and the Phoenix Club that helps Boys and Girls club in Birmingham, he said.

But Serquest isn’t done yet.

Cobb says, “Our dream is to create digital roads and bridges to connect individuals and companies to a story they want to define their life and help them get started today.

“It should be almost as easy as hailing an Uber.”

Serquest’s role is to remove roadblocks and to connect communities who want to make a difference — whether at companies, schools or churches.

“In many ways a church is an aggregator like a school or college, and so what we’re trying to do with our Facebook app is have it so any church, school or company can put it on their Facebook page to create this outreach platform to connect members to outreach opportunities,” said Cobb.

In other words, Serquest wants to help you.

“If you run a church, a school or a big hospital, we’re a digital resource to connect the large amount of people that come to you with the large amount of groups that come to you.”

Visit Serquest.com today to learn more about their digital tools.

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We found this video of Attorney General Steve Marshall …

(YHN)

When Steve Marshall was appointed Alabama Attorney General in early 2017, Yellowhammer News began researching our state’s new top cop and stumbled upon a video of him speaking off the cuff at his church in Albertville.

“Every now and then, we catch a glimpse of politicians and public servants in candid moments behind a camera or a hot mic,” wrote former Yellowhammer News Editor Larry Huff. “These rare instances often give our readers more insight into public figures than their planned appearances and prepared remarks.”

In the video, Marshall told his Lifepoint Church family that the attorney general appointment made him feel like the luckiest man in Alabama because he had planned to run a long-shot campaign all along for his “dream job”.

“You know, rural DA from Marshall County with no money thinks he can become AG? Well, see what God does?” Marshall said the week he received the appointment. “My prayer throughout this was that I be obedient to God’s will. If I stayed as Marshall County DA until I retired, I would have been a blessed man, but my prayer was one that said, ‘God, if this is where you want me, if this is the place that I need to be able to live through your glory, then this is what I want.’”

“What has struck me is what an amazing platform I have to be somebody that’s a sinner saved by grace but can demonstrate to others that we do the right thing for the right reason,” Marshall said.

Watch the video, visit Marshall’s campaign website and Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter.

 

(Paid for by Steve Marshall for Alabama, P.O. Box 3537, Montgomery, AL 36109)

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2 weeks ago

Ronnie Rice Goes To The White House with The Crimson Tide!

Ronnie Rice is the Alexander Shunnarah “Shark of the Week” and shares with us the trip to The White House to celebrate the Alabama Crimson Tide’s Championship. He details the tour of West Wing and how it was seeing Trump in person. Find out how the day really went!

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2 weeks ago

“Facebook could be fined over $7 trillion for their actions” – Wes Thompson of Tep.io

It’s Tech Tuesday! Which means it’s time for Wes Thompson from Tep.io to join The Ford Faction.  Wes came in to talk about Mark Zuckerberg’s court hearing for Facebook’s privacy scandal. Wes mentions this could really end up being something and it all matters what Zuckerberg does and says.

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Work-based learning meets the needs of manufacturers and students

(AL Works/FB)

By: Josh Laney

As the manufacturing economy of Alabama continues to grow, so do the opportunities for on-the-job-training of high school students. Work-based learning opportunities will be essential in filling the workforce demand in manufacturing fields.

According to Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington, Alabama added more than 32,000 jobs in 2017. Coupled with a continuing wave of retiring baby boomers and a low unemployment rate, it is easy to see how a workforce shortage could develop. It is also apparent that the future has never been brighter for Alabama’s yearly 50,000-plus high school graduates.

High job demand in lucrative fields provides the opportunity to establish careers in Alabama. Shining brightly among careers, advanced manufacturing offers students the opportunity to stand out through innovation, which 32 percent of Alabama high-schoolers identified as their primary work value. However, even with excellent earning potential, high employer demand and direct alignment with students’ work values, not enough students are entering the manufacturing field.

So, what are the barriers and what can be done about them?

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There are three main barriers, and they can be eliminated through work-based learning. Those barriers are career interest, availability of training opportunities and lack of knowledge on the part of employers.

Career interest assessments of Alabama high school students consistently reveal only 1 percent identifying manufacturing as a career field of choice. The Alabama State Department of Education is working in conjunction with Manufacture Alabama and the Regional Workforce Councils to provide educators and school leaders with information about manufacturing careers.

Changing misperceptions about careers in advanced manufacturing is the first step in communicating information. However, if we have learned anything from social media culture and the age of online reviews, it is that young people believe their peers. This is where the work-based learning model can help.

A company that hires a few students in an apprenticeship or cooperative education role can increase its recruiting power. When those students interact with their peers, other students learn about those career pathways. Three or four student workers returning to their schools and wearing employer-branded team wear, telling their peers about how cool the job is and talking about how much money they make are the kind of authentic public relations that no company can buy.

A second barrier to meeting workforce demands of the manufacturing industry is the difficulty in providing training opportunities. The tools and equipment needed to teach the myriad technical processes in manufacturing can be expensive.

With a work-based learning model, these barriers are eliminated. A company with a need for trained employees is the best place for that student to learn. The veteran employees have the corporate culture, technical knowledge and real-world experience to train new hires. Employers also report increased engagement levels from veteran employees who work as mentors, with some delaying retirement until they have trained their successors. Apprenticeships and cooperative education placements are the best solutions to putting students, equipment and tools under the supervision of the workers they will be replacing.
The final barrier to using work-based learning opportunities to fill demand is corporate culture and policies based on outdated or erroneous information. For example, it IS legal to hire 16-year-olds as apprentices, according to US child labor laws. However, some manufacturers have corporate and insurance policies that won’t allow them to do so. This puts them behind the curve in cultivating talent.

While it is true that some specific activities are prohibited, many of the prohibitions are explicitly waived for students participating in apprenticeships. The USDOL and the U.S. Department of Education issued a joint training and employment notice in January 2017. In that notice, they say that not only are high school apprenticeships allowed, they are encouraged. The Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Labor have both repeatedly echoed these sentiments and are actively promoting youth apprenticeships and work-based learning activities.
If an employer is interested in finding out where youths can fit into their facility, the two departments stand ready to help. When it comes to insurance, a company employing a youth apprentice must cover that apprentice in the same way they would any other part-time employee in that job.

Apprenticeships and work-based learning are not new. They have been time tested for centuries. If Alabama wants to provide the workforce to keep our economy thriving, then we must use ALL tools at our disposal.

By Josh Laney is the Senior Director for Workforce Development, Alabama State Department of Education

4 weeks ago

Dr. Gina Loudon joins the Man Hour and brings the hammer! Is anyone surprised?

(YHN)

Special Man Hour today! We are joined by, of course, Joel Blankenship with Xtreme Concepts, The Suit, and special guest Dr. Gina Loudon! We covered the wall, man movie of the week, the Sam-Zaction, and more!

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4 weeks ago

Shunnarah attorney Craig Niedenthal reveals a ‘bizarre’ case he encountered

Craig Niedenthal joined for The Ford Faction to talk about his time at the Shunnarah Law Firm and one of the more bizarre cases he’s ever encountered —  a man who is “filing a lawsuit against America.” Niedenthal then helps explain what it’s like being an attorney.

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4 weeks ago

Facebook spying? Wes Thompson explains the facts

Wes Thompson of Tep.io joins The Ford Faction to talk about what’s happening with Facebook being able to listen in and pinpoint its users political beliefs, HQ Trivia achievements from Ford and Sam, and AI intelligence from social media platforms scaring people.

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Alabama Business Spotlight: Birmingham manufacturing company operating in more than 100 countries worldwide

(Altec/Facebook)

Since President Trump took office in 2017, his agenda to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States has created a mini-renaissance in the industry, creating approximately 222,000 new jobs for Americans. Manufacturing companies are moving operations back to the United States as the economic environment becomes more favorable for businesses. As many organizations are bringing jobs back to the United States, one Alabama manufacturing company has been a steady source of employment for Americans for the last 89 years.

Altec, an equipment company based in Birmingham, was founded in 1929 by Lee Styslinger.

What began as a small truck equipment business has grown to become a leading provider of services and equipment in the electric utility, telecommunications, contractor, lights & signs and tree care markets. Altec now serves clients throughout the United States and in more than 100 countries.

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Altec played a key role in the development of mechanized equipment that helped to construct the electrical grid system in the United States. Before mechanized equipment, maintenance of the grid system required employees to climb electrical poles to repair power lines, a slow and dangerous task. Altec was instrumental in the effort to engineer and manufacture truck-mounted aerial equipment for the utility industry, which has allowed for power companies to rapidly
expand electrical power across the United States.

Altec’s reputation for creating innovative, high-quality products is recognized on a national level. Last year, Altec was chosen to represent Alabama at the Made in America event at the White House, which highlighted an American-made product from each of the 50 states. The event was a kick-off of President Trump’s initiative to highlight and celebrate the importance of manufacturing for economic growth in the United States and job creation opportunities for American workers.

“We were honored to be asked to help represent the outstanding manufacturers throughout the country at the ‘Made in America’ product showcase at the White House,” said Lee Styslinger III, current Altec Chairman and CEO. “I was particularly pleased with the event’s message to celebrate the American worker and the important contribution each of them makes to the success of this nation.”

Altec’s founder, Lee Styslinger Sr., moved from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Birmingham in 1929 to establish the company. He considered Birmingham the “Pittsburgh of the South,” as the steel and manufacturing markets were strong in both cities. Through technological advancements and forward-thinking leaders, Altec has been able to adapt to the changing industry, and continues to offer products tailored to meet their customers’ needs.

When describing the company’s accomplishments, Mark Wegel, Director of Public Affairs for Altec, said, “We have always maintained a commitment to total customer satisfaction and strive to be the industry leader in innovative product design and integrated safety features. We believe our people are our greatest strength and our customer is the main focus.”

Although Altec provides products and services on a global scale, the company is still committed to Alabama, and to seeing the business community thrive throughout the state. Altec is a member of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), and decided to join because of the BCA’s commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of businesses throughout the state.

“The BCA’s focus on job creation, economic development, ethics reform and positive change to the public education system make it an effective advocate for Alabama, and we’re proud be a partner,” said Wegel.

Altec’s undisputed success over the last century exemplifies an Alabama success story. The company has provided jobs, income, and stability to Alabamians throughout decades of political and economic transitions. Their innovative products meet the needs of customers around the world, and their continued presence in Alabama bolsters the state’s reputation for helping businesses prosper.

About the Business Council of Alabama: For more than three decades, the Business Council of Alabama has been Alabama’s foremost voice for business, standing up for Alabama businesses that are the job creators and innovators driving our state’s economy. Through this Business Spotlight Series, the BCA tells the stories of these businesses that proudly call Alabama home and in the process, we hope to show why we work hard every day making a sweet home for
business. For more information about the BCA, please visit their website.

1 month ago

Heidi DiLorenzo, an attorney with Alexander Shunnarah’s law firm, appears on ‘Shark of The Week’

Heidi Abbott DiLorenzo (Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys)

Alexander Shunnarah Law Firm’s “Shark of The Week” Heidi DiLorenzo joined The Ford Faction to talk about if a tennis ball is yellow or green, what got her start in the law firm, and her relationship with Alex.h.

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Governor Kay Ivey launches first TV ad

Governor Kay Ivey is hitting the airwaves across Alabama with her first television ad.

The spot, titled “Three Hours,” touts the record breaking job growth she’s overseen during her first year in office.

Governor Ivey is a conservative fighter who stands by her beliefs: faith in God, protecting innocent life, defending Second Amendment rights, and standing up for Alabama families.

Visit Governor Ivey’s website , like her Facebook page, and join her email newsletter to stay updated on her latest campaign activities and learn more about all she’s done to steady the ship of state and continue creating jobs here in Alabama!

(Paid for by Kay Ivey for Governor, PO Box 966, Montgomery, AL 36101)

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AlabamaWorks! is holding a career event for students to learn about jobs in the state

Edie Gibson and Antiqua Cleggett talk “Worlds of Work at SkillsUSA” which will be held April 24-25 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex.

Worlds of Work at SkillsUSA is designed to help 8-12th grade students “connect the dots” and clearly identify steps toward a college or career pathway as they enter their high school education.

More information is available here.

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The conservative alternative to Martha Roby gains momentum as Terry Everett, lawmakers endorse Barry Moore

State Rep. Barry Moore’s campaign for Congress recently received strong endorsements from the district’s former congressman and a dozen of Alabama’s most conservative state lawmakers.

“Since I left Congress, government has grown, our representation has wavered, and District 2 values have been casted aside,” said former Republican Congressman Terry Everett, who represented the district from 1993-2009. “We need to make a change, and I am privileged to support Representative Barry Moore for Congress.”

Everett’s powerful endorsement comes days after 12 of the state’s most conservative lawmakers gathered in Montgomery to endorse Barry Moore, whose conservative record they witnessed firsthand while working alongside him in the State Legislature.

Wetumpka State Rep. Mike Holmes told reporters that the district has “an opportunity to send a strong, unapologetic conservative to Washington,” and Montgomery State Rep. Dimitri Polizos agreed, saying that Moore is a “proven conservative leader” who will “stand with President Trump and give our district the representation it deserves.”

Visit Barry Moore’s website, his Facebook page and @RepBarryMoore on Twitter to learn why Terry Everett and others believe in his vision to Make Alabama Great Again!

(Paid for by Barry Moore for Congress)

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1 month ago

Celtic Pride! Joel Blankenship shares his Irish roots with The Ford Faction

Joel Blankenship makes his weekly return to The Ford Faction to talk the St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Birmingham and what the holiday means to him.  Joel mentions the law that can be passed to put Police K9’s in schools to help sniff out guns or drugs.  He provides feedback on what this could mean for schools and how it will benefit the need for police K9’s.

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Alexander Shunnarah “Shark of The Week” Todd Buchanan appears on the Ford Faction

Todd Buchanan stopped by the Ford Faction to discuss his startup with the Shunarah Law Firm and what it means to him to work with Alexander. They joke around about Todd’s early college radio days before eventually becoming a lawyer at Colorado State University and find out what it means to truly care about your work as a lawyer.

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Governor Kay Ivey launches first TV ad

Governor Kay Ivey is hitting the airwaves across Alabama with her first television ad.

The spot, titled “Three Hours,” touts the record breaking job growth she’s overseen during her first year in office.

Governor Ivey is a conservative fighter who stands by her beliefs: faith in God, protecting innocent life, defending Second Amendment rights, and standing up for Alabama families.

Visit Governor Ivey’s website , like her Facebook page, and join her email newsletter to stay updated on her latest campaign activities and learn more about all she’s done to steady the ship of state and continue creating jobs here in Alabama!

(Paid for by Kay Ivey for Governor, PO Box 966, Montgomery, AL 36101)

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