Governor Ivey Announces Alabama Tourism Growth of $1 Billion

BIRMINGHAM – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Tuesday that the Alabama travel industry grew by $1 billion in 2017, to a record of $14.3 billion in expenditures, and increased jobs by 7,399 to some 186,906 employees. The industry grew by 7 percent and attracted an additional 810,000 visitors to top 26 million guests for the first time in state history. …

Alabama Wage and Salary Employment at Ten-Year High

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that Alabama’s wage and salary employment measured 2,039,200 in March, the highest since December 2007. Over the year, wage and salary employment increased 24,600, with gains in the professional and business services sector (+7,700), the leisure and hospitality sector (+4,700), and the construction sector (+3,400), among others. Wage and salary employment increased …

Governor Ivey Issues Directives to Executive Agencies for Implementation of SAFE Council Recommendations

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued a memorandum to executive branch agencies requesting the immediate implementation of recommendations five through ten contained within the SAFE Council Report released last week. The memorandum was sent to the Alabama Department of Education, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Office of Information Technology, Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Alabama Community …

Details Regarding Federal Grant Awarded to Free2Be

MONTGOMERY – Since 2014, Free2Be (formally known as GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services) has received a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. As part of the grant process, the organization undergoes continual monitoring by ADECA in accordance with federal regulations. As a result of recent actions by the organization, Free2Be is currently being investigated and audited …

Governor Kay Ivey Announces “Success Plus” Initiative to Prepare State’s Workforce

MOBILE – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced a plan to grow Alabama’s skilled-labor pipeline by 500,000 workforce-ready employees by 2025. The Success Plus Initiative addresses Alabama’s increasing need for workers with certificates, credentials, or degrees in addition to a high school diploma. By 2025, Alabama will need to add 500,000 high-skilled employees to the workforce in order to fill …

Governor Ivey Releases SAFE Council Report

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday released the report of recommendations from the Governor’s “Securing Alabama’s Facilities of Education” (SAFE) Council. The report focused on improvements in three areas: physical security, threat assessments and mental health, and coordinated training and planning. “I am very pleased with the findings of the SAFE Council and I am already having discussions with …

Governor Ivey Announces Alabama ESSA Plan Approved by US Department of Education

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced that Alabama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Governor Ivey received a phone call Monday morning from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos informing her of the decision. The Alabama ESSA state plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) in October by …

107 New First Class Pre-K Classrooms to be Added in 2018-2019 School Year

MONTGOMERY –Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced on Monday that the state’s First Class Pre-K program will add 107 classrooms to 33 counties this fall. The new classrooms will expand access to Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten program to 18,864 children in the 2018-2019 school year, with more than 1,040 classrooms in all 67 counties …