Governor Ivey Celebrates Expansion at Baxter Opelika Facility

OPELIKA – Governor Kay Ivey attended a ribbon cutting today recognizing the completion of a significant expansion project at the Baxter manufacturing facility in Opelika. The expansion brings the total current size of the Opelika facility to 400,000 square feet, roughly the size of seven football fields. Three years ago, Baxter broke ground on the $270 million project that added four …

Governor Ivey Authorizes Alabama National Guard to Assist in Hurricane Harvey Efforts

MONTGOMERY – Upon a request from the National Guard Bureau, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has authorized Alabama Adjutant General Sheryl Gordon to send two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and two UH-60M medical aircraft, along with their respective crews, to assist in recovery efforts in Texas as a response to Hurricane Harvey. “One of the hallmarks of the American spirit is the …

Governor Ivey Announces Inaugural Governor’s Disability Job Fair

BIRMINGHAM – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the Governor’s Inaugural Disability Job Fair will take place during National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. Governor Ivey made the announcement at United Ability, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, following a tour of their facility which provides a wide range of programs to assist children and adults living with disabilities. …

Alabama’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5%

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate is 4.5%, down from June’s rate of 4.6%, and well below July 2016’s rate of 5.8%.  July’s rate represents 96,251 unemployed persons, compared to 100,187 in June and 126,182 in July 2016. “This month, there are fewer people unemployed than there have been in nearly 10 …

Governor Ivey Establishes Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that she has signed Executive Order 709 establishing the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services. This office, which will be within the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), will replace the former Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service. Governor Ivey appointed Lisa Castaldo as Coordinator for the Office, and she will …

Governor Ivey Establishes Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced that she has signed Executive Order 708, creating the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council. This executive order changes the previous Alabama Council on Opioid Misuse and Addiction. The changes include the addition of the Alabama Attorney General as a third co-chair. The executive order also adds to the Council a physician appointed …

Governor Ivey Elevates Two Acting Cabinet Agency Heads to Permanent Roles

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Friday announced that she has elevated Chris Blankenship and Hal Taylor from their roles as acting cabinet heads to permanent roles. Blankenship is now the permanent Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources and Taylor is the permanent Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. “Since I appointed Chris Blankenship as Acting Conservation Commissioner and …

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 …