IT Services Firm Provalus to Create 300 Jobs at Alabama Facility

MONTGOMERY– Governor Kay Ivey announced that Provalus, a company specializing in business technology service and support, plans to invest $6.5 million to open a center in Brewton staffed with 300 workers. Atlanta-based Optomi, one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech-staff firms, launched Provalus to provide an alternative to overseas outsourcing of business functions. Provalus aims to utilize untapped talent in small …

Governor Ivey Signs Multi-State Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that she has signed onto a multi-state compact to improve cybersecurity within the state. The “Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity” was agreed upon at the 2017 National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Providence, RI. The cybersecurity compact is part of the NGA’s “Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge” Initiative. This compact …

Governor Ivey Announces “Strong Start, Strong Finish” Education Initiative

BIRMINGHAM – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced her new education initiative: “Strong Start, Strong Finish” at Innovation Depot in Birmingham. The “Strong Start, Strong Finish” education initiative will focus on three stages of education: 1) early childhood education, 2) computer science in middle school and high school, and 3) workforce preparedness. “Alabama needs a comprehensive approach of collaboration that improves …

Alabama’s June 2017 Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.6%

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 4.6%, down from May’s rate of 4.9%, and significantly lower than June 2016’s rate of 5.8%.  June’s rate represents 100,376 unemployed persons, compared to 107,223 in May and 125,000 in June 2016. 2,077,275 people were counted as …

Governor Kay Ivey Appoints Sheryl Gordon as First Female Adjutant General at the Retirement of Perry Smith

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday that she has appointed Major General Sheryl Gordon as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, upon the retirement of major General Perry Smith. “General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader,” Governor Ivey said. “She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside …

Governor Ivey Bans Appointments of Lobbyists to Boards and Commissions

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday, Day 94 of her administration, signed Executive Order 4, which bans any official in the executive branch from appointing a registered lobbyist to serve on a state board or commission. “Just minutes after taking the oath of office, I promised the people of Alabama that the Ivey administration would be open, transparent, and …

Governor Ivey Appoints Jim Purcell and Todd Cotton to Cabinet Posts

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Wednesday that she has appointed James “Jim” Purcell, Sr. as Acting Secretary of Information Technology and Todd Cotton as Acting Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services. “I am proud to appoint Jim and Todd to serve in my cabinet,” Governor Ivey said. “Both men bring a great deal of experience in …

Governor Ivey Appoints George Day to 16th Judicial Circuit in Etowah County

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday the appointment of George C. Day, Jr. as a judge on Alabama’s Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Etowah County. Judge Day is filling the seat of retiring Circuit Judge Allen Millican. “I am proud to appoint George Day as a circuit court judge in Etowah County. Judge Day’s experience in the courtroom and …