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August 11, 2017

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.
IT Services Firm Provalus to Create 300 Jobs at Alabama Facility
August 7, 2017

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
Governor Ivey Announces New State Comptroller; First Woman to Hold the Position in State’s History
August 2, 2017

Governor Ivey Announces New State Comptroller; First Woman to Hold the Position in State’s History

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday praised the Alabama Department of Finance and State Finance Director Clinton Carter for selecting Dr. Kathleen D. Baxter as the state comptroller and first woman to hold the position. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Baxter served as deputy state comptroller and as the
Governor Ivey Signs Multi-State Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity
August 1, 2017

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
Governor Ivey Releases Statement on Medicaid’s Decision to Pursue Alternatives to Regional Care Organizations
July 27, 2017

Governor Ivey Releases Statement on Medicaid’s Decision to Pursue Alternatives to Regional Care Organizations

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday released a statement regarding the decision to pursue alternatives to Regional Care Organizations for the Alabama Medicaid Agency. The full statement is below. “I support Medicaid’s shift in reform strategy, which has been fully shared with legislative leadership and other key stakeholders. “I spoke
Governor Ivey Announces “Strong Start, Strong Finish” Education Initiative
July 26, 2017

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
Alabama’s June 2017 Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.6%
July 21, 2017

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