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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

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Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 26: Interview with Andy Mason

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This is a challenging season for most people. Everyone needs hope. Andy Mason wrote a book called Finding Hope in Crazy Times, and he shares some of his experiences from the book with us here.

Andy is the founder of Heaven in Business in Redding, California, and is an author of several other books as well.

The stories shared in this episode, along with book itself, are great ways for anyone who is struggling to find hope in the crazy times we are living in.

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2 weeks ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 25: Interview with Carol Bevil

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Everyone needs hope, especially now. The best and only way to truly find it is through God’s word.

Carol Bevil found that out on her own journey. She decided to write a book based on the scriptures that have given her strength and hope over her life. A trainer, coach, author, and mom, Carol has found peace in God’s word, and now she is sharing it with others. You will be strengthened by her story.

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4 weeks ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 24: Interview with Shae Bynes

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Shae Bynes left a great job with IBM to follow God’s voice. She is the founder of Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur, and she seeks God’s guidance for everything she does. She has grown an organization that empowers people to do the same thing in their lives.

If you need encouragement to step out of your comfort zone and follow a dream or vision God has placed in your heart, this message is for you.

You will be inspired and challenged to step out in faith after you hear Shae’s story and the things she has accomplished so far on her journey.

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1 month ago

Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 23: Advancing Sight Network

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Helping the blind eyes see. In this episode, Teresa Ham, CAO at Advancing Sight Network, talks about the mission and vision behind the organization and how they have been able to help so many people. They are restoring vision for people around the world.

We take sight for granted. So many people can not see at all. The Advancing Sight Network is helping people see again, or for the first time. This is a great group of people doing amazing things.

There is plenty of good to see in this world, and these folks are apart of helping the blind see it.

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2 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 22: Interview with Jenny Waltman

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Grace Klein communities has served over 100,000 people since March of this year as the economy shut down due to COVID 19. This amazing organization is a true testament to following God’s call on your life. They started the community during an economic downturn, and now they are in a position to be a blessing in another economic downturn.

Jenny Waltman is the founder, and she has a servant’s heart. Her love for God and people shines through in every conversation. Listen to find out more about her testimony and how they are helping those in need here in Birmingham.

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4 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 21: Interview with Wendy Garner

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Stuck in quarantine? Why not get some encouragement in your down time? On River Time is an organization that helps children overcome traumatic family history through relationships and the fresh outdoors. Wendy Garner left her job in television media and publicity to live out her purpose last year. Listen as she shares some of the things she has seen take place in these children. Lives are being restored and hope is rising thanks to the great efforts of this group.

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5 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 20: Interview with Jason and Austin Riley

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Austin Riley is one of the best race car drivers in the world, and he is the only one at his level with autism. Years ago, Austin was bullied, he felt he had no purpose, and he did not want to leave his room. Thankfully, his dad knew something different. Jason believed in his son, even when his circumstances were unfavorable, at best.

They turned their pain into purpose as they formed Racing with Autism and now Austin races all over the world. This incredible story is such an inspiration and it will speak to you if you are walking through a situation that seems like it has no possible ending that could be positive.

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5 months ago

Living Life on Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 19: Interview with Taziki’s Keith Richards

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Keith Richards founded Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe with one restaurant 22 years ago in Birmingham, AL. They now have 93 locations in 17 states with more to come. They started with hope and a dream. It took guts and a lot of faith. Now, they have a great American success story and they are giving back in so many ways.

From hiring special needs employees to using the herbs they grow locally, they are truly blessing others as they have been blessed. A very inspiring story that you don’t want to miss.

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6 months ago

Living Life On Purpose Episode 18: Interview with Julia Meyers

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Human trafficking is a major issue in 2020 and it is modern-day slavery that is not addressed nearly enough. Julia Meyers is on a mission to help end this plague on society as chair of the Human Trafficking Committee at the Junior League of Birmingham.

What does trafficking look like? What are the signs? What can I do to help? Your kids are probably on the social media platforms where most of the victims are recruited. Are you aware? Learn more about this massive problem and ways to help in this episode.

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6 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 17: Interview with Jason Black

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Jason Black is a second-generation McDonald’s owner-operator. He and his family have 17 restaurants combined. The industry itself is challenging as hiring and equipping people in vital roles can be tough to do. Black tries to balance serving people and profitable growth at the same time. He runs his business with purpose, even in the midst of corporate America.

Inside, he shares some of the struggles he has faced and how he deals with them. How does he do it? Find out in the latest episode.

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7 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 16: Interview with Scott Dawson

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What is the greatest issue we are facing as a society, and how do we deal with it? Scott Dawson, founder of the SDEA, shares his thoughts on this and much more in this episode. He also shares information about the upcoming Strength to Stand event he will be hosting with Kanye West this week as we talk about his radical conversion and what it means to the world and believers. Listen to find out more!

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7 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 15: Interview with Dennis Daughety

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Living a life of purpose doesn’t often make sense. In fact, more often than not, doing the most impactful thing is also the most difficult. Dennis Daughety, a franchise junkie, has chosen the path of an entrepreneur and allows the Holy Spirit to be his guide. He is a successful business owner but it’s how he has found the success that is intriguing. Listen to his story to find out how he got to this point, through the failure and trials, and how God has led the way.

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8 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 14: Interview with Andy Mason

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Andy Mason sold everything he had and moved his entire family from New Zealand to Redding, California, having never been to the United States. He did this based on a word from the Lord and found his complete faith and trust in His word to be true. He went without income for three years before he started to see breakthrough.

Andy is the founder of Heaven in Business and he walks us through his journey of faith and obedience, along with some of the amazing things that are taking place in his organization. You don’t have to compromise who God has called you to be in order to be successful in life or business. Listen to this powerful story to see what walking out a promise looks like.

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8 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 13: Interview with Sara Franklin

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Imagine getting a diagnosis that would change your life, and how you would respond. Sara Franklin was diagnosed with Epilepsy in the midst of raising a child, being a wife and pursuing a successful career. When she found out she had this new disease, she had a choice: hide from it, or fight it with everything she had. Sara chose to turn her pain into purpose and became executive director at the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama. Her story is powerful and it shows that our perspective can have a huge impact on the situations we face daily.

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9 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 12: Interview with Chris and Sophie Corder

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Many marriages go through difficult situations and end in disaster. Addiction, infidelity, anger and deception are just a few of the things that Chris and Sophie Corder walked through in theirs. However, through the grace of God, and His miraculous life-changing power, their marriage has been restored and strengthened. Now, they want to encourage other people through their triumph. They have turned pain into purpose and want to show how God can do anything if we will get out of the way and let Him.

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9 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 11: Interview with Lew Burdette, president of King’s Home

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Kidnapped. Stabbed. Thrown into the bottom of a well. Shot in the head. Left for dead. All of this happened to Lew Burdette when he was 15 years old. How would you respond? How did he survive?

Listen to the powerful story of triumph over adversity. He never could have survived without God’s miraculous help, and now he provides help to those who face their own difficult situations on a regular basis.

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10 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 10: Interview with Congressman Gary Palmer

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Imagine growing up with no running water in your home, and then becoming one of the top leaders in the United States Congress. Gary grew up in a small town in Alabama, but he has worked his way to the highest levels of the government because of his hard work and willingness to serve. You will be hard-pressed to find a more principled or dedicated leader than Congressman Palmer. In a time where morals and ethics are lacking, Gary continues to shine his light due to his faith. The American Dream is alive and well, and Gary is a great example of what that can look like for anyone who wants to apply themselves.

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10 months ago

Living Life On Purpose Episode 9: Interview with Thomas Cox

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From college coach to chef and entrepreneur, Thomas Cox is a man of many talents. In this episode, he describes the early challenges of playing and coaching football, and how those lessons shaped him into the man he is today. After taking a leap of faith, he has grown his business from a start-up a few years ago to a thriving hospitality company and provider of tasty “home-cooked” meal options for people on the go. Learn how he went through the fire and became stronger because of it.

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11 months ago

Living Life On Purpose with Matt Wilson Episode 8: Interview with John Merrill

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Have you ever wondered why anyone would run for public office? Let alone, do it more than once? Listen to John Merrill share his heart for serving others to learn more about one of the most powerful leaders in Alabama. The Alabama secretary of state discusses servant leadership and how he started from very humble beginnings to rise to his current role. There is a mindset that he describes that can help anyone move forward and achieved their desired level of achievement. Listen in!

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11 months ago

Living Life On Purpose Episode 7: Interview with Amy Williams

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How would you handle extreme adversity in the face of infertility? Amy shares her struggles with this battle, the walk through adoption and, now, the purpose she has from all of the pain. Amy is the founder of Custom Made Kid, a non-profit that helps families with adopted children share the beauty, and power, of adoption. This is a great story that shows how all things work to the good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Listen in and share if you enjoy!

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1 year ago

Living Life On Purpose Episode 3: Interview with Bill and Lisa Bright — founders of the Will Bright Foundation and Restoration Springs

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In this episode, Matt sits down with Bill and Lisa Bright, the founders of the Will Bright Foundation and Restoration Springs. The three discuss the struggle of losing their son to addiction, and how they are helping others by trying to prevent these situations in the future. They talk about how they have turned their pain into purpose and how others can do the same with God’s help.

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