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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.

2 months ago

Watch: News Shapers event shines light on Alabama small businesses, workforce needs

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Yellowhammer News recently held the sixth of its 2019 News Shapers events: “The State of Small Business in Alabama.”

Hosted at the Trussville Civic Center, the event featured a live forum on fostering growth in the current economy.

Forum panelists were State Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville); Mike Milam, president of Milam & Co.; and Rosemary Elebash, Alabama state director, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06) also attended as a special guest and even joined the discussion for the latter portion.

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Areas of focus included small business trends in Alabama; availability of labor and workforce development factors; regulatory and policy environment for small business owners; access to capital and market constraints; and partnerships that work.

On Wednesday, Yellowhammer released a video on social media with highlights from the event.

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You can read Yellowhammer News’ full coverage of “The State of Small Business in Alabama” here.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series and was followed by the rural broadband edition on July 18 in Guntersville, “Prepare for Launch” in Huntsville on July 31 and “West Alabama and the coal industry” on August 8 in Jasper.

The second rural broadband installment was held September 17 in Dothan.

One more Yellowhammer News Shapers event will take place this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements.

3 months ago

2019 Yellowhammer ‘News Shapers’ series continues with Alabama small business edition

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Join the Yellowhammer News team Tuesday, October 1, for a “Yellowhammer News Shapers” event in Trussville.

Entitled, “The State of Small Business in Alabama,” the event will feature a networking reception followed by a live forum on fostering growth in the current economy.

Confirmed forum panelists already include State Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville); Mike Milam, president of Milam & Co.; and Rosemary Elebash, Alabama state director, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

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Areas of focus will include small business trends in Alabama; availability of labor and workforce development factors; regulatory and policy environment for small business owners; access to capital and market constraints; and partnerships that work.

The event will be held at Trussville Civic Center: 5381 Trussville Clay Road, Trussville, AL.

The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., with the moderated forum to follow at 5:20 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact courtney@yellowhammernews.com for more information.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series and was followed by the rural broadband edition on July 18 in Guntersville, “Prepare for Launch” in Huntsville on July 31 and “West Alabama and the coal industry” on August 8 in Jasper.

The second rural broadband installment will be held Tuesday, September 17, in Dothan.

More Yellowhammer News Shapers events will take place across the state this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements during the 2019 calendar year.

3 months ago

Yellowhammer announces 2019 Power of Service celebration, featuring new ‘Yellowhammer 15’

(YHN)

Yellowhammer Multimedia on Friday announced that the 5th annual Power of Service event will take place Thursday, October 17, in Montgomery.

For the last eight years, Yellowhammer has released an annual list of the most powerful and influential people in Alabama business and politics. That tradition will live on this year in a new and improved format.

The 2019 Power & Influence 40 list will be released the week of September 30, recognizing the top individuals in government and politics who leverage their power and influence to better the Yellowhammer State.

However, this year will also see the addition of a separate list started for the first time: the Yellowhammer 15.

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The Yellowhammer 15 will be the preeminent honor for those in the private sector that are moving Alabama forward to better days.

Through job creation, economic impact, community involvement and philanthropic endeavors, these exemplary leaders in their professional fields make our great state a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Unlike the Power & Influence 40 list, a person can be recognized in the Yellowhammer 15 only once in a lifetime. And, not only will this honor be exclusive, the accumulation of inductees over time will compile a “hall of fame” type list synonymous with the pinnacle of professional and civic achievement.

Upon the release of the Yellowhammer 15 list on September 30, Yellowhammer Multimedia will announce its plans to facilitate and encourage these legendary Alabamians to do even more for those who are most in need across the state.

Then, from October 1-4, the Power & Influence list will be released in groups of 10.

Unlike last year, the 2019 edition of this list will be ranked 1-40. 31-40 will be released first, with the top of the list being released last.

This all leads up to the main event, with both the Yellowhammer 15 and the Power & Influence 40 being celebrated through 2019’s Power of Service.

And, just as the lists themselves will be different than years past, so will Power of Service itself.

In previous years, the event has attracted a who’s who of Alabama political and business leaders, including the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, pro tem of the Senate, numerous members of Congress, dozens of state legislators and many of the state’s top executives, lobbyists, opinion leaders and political activists.

This will not change, but this year’s event will trade in the traditional “business reception” atmosphere for that of a true merriment.

You can buy tickets starting today. Hurry, because every previous Power of Service has sold out.

For ticket registration, detailed celebration information and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

4 months ago

2019 Yellowhammer ‘News Shapers’ series continues with second rural broadband installment

Join the Yellowhammer News team Tuesday, September 17 for a “Yellowhammer News Shapers” event in Dothan.

Entitled, “Connecting Alabama’s rural communities,” the event is Yellowhammer’s second on rural broadband this year. This latest installment will focus on building partnerships and community awareness.

The event will feature a networking reception followed by a live forum on expanding broadband access and technology across the Yellowhammer State.

Confirmed forum panelists include State Senator Donnie Chesteen (R-Geneva); Brad Kimbro, CEO of Wiregrass Electric Cooperative; Jimmy Copeland, director of special projects for Troy Cablevision, Inc.; Dr. Carmen Lewis, associate dean of Troy University’s Sorrell College; and Sean Strickler, vice president public affairs of the Alabama Rural Electric Association.  

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Areas of focus will include exploring partnerships that work, implementation obstacles and best practices, community awareness and future needs and next steps for program advancement.

The event will be held in Everett Hall on Troy University’s Dothan campus: 502 University Drive, Dothan, AL 36303.

The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., with the moderated forum to follow at 5:20 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact courtney@yellowhammernews.com for more information.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series and was followed by the rural broadband edition on July 18 in Guntersville, “Prepare for Launch” in Huntsville on July 31 and “West Alabama and the coal industry” on August 8 in Jasper.

More Yellowhammer News Shapers events will take place across the state this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements during the 2019 calendar year.

4 months ago

Watch: ‘West Alabama and the coal industry’ News Shapers event shines light on high-paying jobs

(YHN)

Yellowhammer News recently held the fourth of its 2019 News Shapers events: “West Alabama and the coal industry.”

Hosted at Musgrove Country Club in Jasper, top stakeholders from industry, government and academia came together to discuss the coal industry’s impact on Alabama.

On Thursday, Yellowhammer released a video on social media with highlights from the event.

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You can read Yellowhammer News’ full coverage of ‘West Alabama and the coal industry’ here.

For even more on the event, you can read The Daily Mountain Eagle’s coverage here and here and WVUA’s article here.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series and was followed by the rural broadband edition on July 18 in Guntersville and ‘Prepare for Launch‘ in Huntsville on July 31.

More Yellowhammer News Shapers events will take place across the state this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements during the 2019 calendar year.

4 months ago

Watch: Alabama’s aerospace industry highlighted at ‘Prepare for Launch’ News Shapers event

(YHN)

Yellowhammer News recently held the third of its 2019 News Shapers events: “Prepare for Launch.”

Hosted at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), key stakeholders from industry, government and academia came together to discuss Alabama’s soaring aerospace and defense industry.

On Wednesday, Yellowhammer released a video on social media with highlights from Prepare for Launch.

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You can read Yellowhammer News’ full coverage of Prepare for Launch here.

What’s next for News Shapers?

The Prepare for Launch video’s release came one day before Yellowhammer’s fourth News Shapers event of 2019.

Entitled, “West Alabama and the coal industry,” the Thursday event in Jasper will feature an evening networking reception followed by a live forum on the coal industry’s impact on the Yellowhammer State.

The event is free and open to the public. Read the details here.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series and was followed by the rural broadband edition on July 18 in Guntersville.

Several more Yellowhammer News Shapers events will take place across the state this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements during the 2019 calendar year.

5 months ago

2019 Yellowhammer ‘News Shapers’ series continues with its coal industry edition

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Join the Yellowhammer News team Thursday, August 8 for a “Yellowhammer News Shapers” event in Jasper.

Entitled, “West Alabama and the coal industry,” the event will feature an evening networking reception followed by a live forum on the coal industry’s impact on the Yellowhammer State.

Confirmed forum panelists already include State Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper); Ken Russell, director of workforce solutions at Bevill State Community College; and leadership from the coal industry.

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Areas of focus will include analysis on the past, present and future of the industry, highlighting the industry’s state and regional impacts, related workforce development efforts and community influence.

The event will be held at Musgrove Country Club: 916 Country Club Rd, Jasper, AL 35503.

The reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the moderated forum to follow at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact courtney@yellowhammernews.com for more information.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series and will be followed by the rural broadband edition on Thursday, July 18 in Guntersville.

Several more Yellowhammer News Shapers events will take place across the state this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements during the 2019 calendar year.

6 months ago

2019 Yellowhammer ‘News Shapers’ series continues with its rural broadband edition

(YHN, PIxabay)

Join the Yellowhammer News team Thursday, July 18 for a “Yellowhammer News Shapers” event in Guntersville.

Entitled “Connecting Alabama’s Rural Communities,” the event will feature an evening networking reception followed by a live forum on broadband expansion in the Yellowhammer State.

Confirmed forum panelists already include State Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative’s Fred Johnson and ADECA’s Maureen Neighbors.

Areas of focus will include recent adjustments to the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act; requirements and responsibilities of providers; public/private partnerships and community preparedness; and economic development initiatives.

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The event will be held at Guntersville Town Hall, located at 340 Blount Ave; Guntersville, Alabama 35976.

The reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the moderated forum to follow at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact courtney@yellowhammernews.com for more information.

The legislative edition of Yellowhammer News Shapers kicked off 2019’s series.

Several more Yellowhammer News Shapers events will take place across the state this year. The series is non-partisan, on-the-record and designed to localize issues and highlight thought leaders.

Continue to visit Yellowhammernews.com for announcements during the 2019 calendar year.