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  • March 2022

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    Alabama Power Approved for Solar Project in Lowndes County
    Alabama Power and Mercedes Benz U.S. International Inc. (MBUSI) received approval from the Alabama Public Service Commission for the proposed 80-megawatt Letohatchee Solar Project in Lowndes County, south of Montgomery. This project and the renewable contract between Alabama Power and MBUSI builds on a long-standing partnership between the two companies and align with the shared vision of enhancing the use of renewable energy.
     
    MAX Credit Union Donates $115,000
    MAX Credit Union donated more than $115,000 to 23 local organizations on Giving Tuesday. Organizations selected focus on food and housing insecurities, education and arts, child advocacy groups and animal shelters. Community outreach is vital to organizations doing good work for citizens in our area, and MAX Credit Union supports those efforts by giving back throughout the year in the form of monetary donations, service hours, and non-profit board leadership.
     
    MAX Credit Union Ends NSF Fees
    MAX Credit Union is eliminating nonsufficient funds (NSF) fees and offering a grace on overdraft charges. This new policy will ease the financial burden caused by fees for many members and supports national movements designed to make banking more equitable.
     
    Troy University’s Accreditation Reaffirmed
    Troy University has received reaffirmation of academic accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Troy University was accredited initially by SACSCOC in 1934. The announcement is the culmination of a process of self-examination and peer review that involved numerous faculty and staff members of Troy University.
     
    WCOV-TV Sells for $28.5 Million
    Media mogul Byron Allen is purchasing Montgomery’s Fox affiliate, WCOVTV from David Woods of Woods Communications for $28.5 million, cash. Acquisition of the Alabama outlet will bring Allen Media Broadcasting’s holdings to 36 television stations in 21 U.S. markets.
     
    2022 Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA) Announces Executive Committee
    Several members of the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA) have been appointed to leadership roles for 2022 on the HBAA’s Executive Committee. The members were installed during the HBAA’s 2021 Annual Convention held in November. Michael Toles of Toles Construction, a member of the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association, was installed as the 2022 HBAA President.
     
    C Spire Completes Alabama Fiber Broadband Network Acquisition
    C Spire has acquired Troy Cablevision Inc., and the deal includes the acquisition of Union Springs Telephone Company Inc. Troy Cablevision is headquartered in Troy. It has provided cable television, internet, fiber broadband and other services in Pike, Coffee, Crenshaw and Dale counties.
     
    Lightsource bp Closes on Financing for Solar Project
    Lightsource bp has closed on a $100 million financing package for its 130-megawatt Black Bear Solar energy project in Montgomery County. Lightsource bp has secured a power contract with Alabama Municipal Electric Authority. “This project demonstrates the positive impacts that result from partnerships with shared goals to reduce carbon emissions, deliver affordable electricity, create jobs and contribute to local communities,” said Kevin Smith, CEO of the Americas for Lightsource bp.
     
    Montgomery Announces Project Manager for New Fire Station
    The City of Montgomery announced Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected as the project manager for a state-of-the-art fire station near the intersection of West Fairview Avenue and South Court Street.
     
    Retired USAF General John Bradley Talks Afghanistan in “Speaking Globally” Premiere
    John Bradley talks about the formation of the Lamia Afghan Foundation and the current situation in Afghanistan in the inaugural episode of “Speaking Globally,” a new world affairs podcast from Troy Public Radio. “Speaking Globally” is hosted by Walter Givhan, a retired U.S. Air Force Major General with more than 30 years of experience around the world in a variety of positions, including acting as the U.S. air liaison officer to the commanding general of the French ground forces in DESERT STORM and leading the international team rebuilding the Afghan Air Force. In “Speaking Globally,” Givhan will be talking to thought leaders about the history, politics and cultures of different parts of the world and the forces affecting them.
     
    MMI Outdoor, Inc Awarded Multi-Million-Dollar Contract
    MMI Outdoor, Inc, a Montgomery-based company that manufactures tents, back packs and accessories, received a multi-million-dollar contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for its Switchblade Load Carriage System. Manufactured under the MMI Outdoor “Catoma” brand, the Switchblade Load Carriage System is designed to assist military personnel with unique, operation specific, load carriage and deployment in a safe and ergonomic manner.
     
    MMFA Exhibitions Explore the Gulf South
    On view at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts until April 10, “Pieces of History: Decorative Arts of the Gulf South” reflects the stories of the early migrants to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana through the items they purchased, created and used while they made their homes and lives. It is accompanied by “Walk Humbly,” an exhibition conceived in two parts: works that address the issues surrounding artist Nell Gottlieb’s family’s cotton plantation legacy and new works created in response to the decorative objects in the adjacent exhibition, “Pieces of History.”
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