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  • May 2021

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    Mobis Aids Vaccination Clinics
    Mobis stepped up to help with early COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Alabama by donating $1,000 worth of snacks to clinics in Montgomery and Selma. The company also donated $5,000 to the Montgomery City/County EMA and $1,000 to Wallace Community College Selma’s Foundation for the benefit of nursing students, as WCCS nursing students staffed the Selma clinic.
     
    $11.2 Million Sent to Residents in 40 Alabama Counties
    Alabama Ag Credit is returning a record $11.2 million to the Alabama farmers and rural property owners who borrow money from them. This amount equates to more than half of its 2020 profits, which is also equal to a full percent of the interest customers paid in 2020. Customers of the financial cooperative aren’t just borrowers—they are members, and when the co-op does well, so do they.
     
    Huntingdon Moving to New Flexible Schedule
    When Huntingdon College classes begin in the fall of 2021, Monday-Wednesday- Friday courses and long days with no lunch breaks will be distant memories as a more student-friendly class schedule is implemented. Huntingdon President J. Cameron West announced that the College is adopting a four day-per-week class schedule with no classes on Fridays. Furthermore, there will be designated 75 minute midday breaks Mondays through Thursdays.
     
    GMC Launches Disaster Recovery Department
    Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) has added a standalone Disaster Recovery department, led by Robert Ramsey as Executive Vice President. Since 2017, Disaster Recovery has been housed as a service within engineering; however, with its continued growth, unique service offerings and distinct operations, it will now function as its own department. The firm’s experience with disaster management and recovery programs, coupled with its engineering and architectural experience, allows the team to effectively assist communities in achieving their disaster program and long-term recovery goals.
     
    Montgomery Healthcare Company Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Education Program
    The statewide vaccine distribution plan added to the governor’s “Safer at Home” health order is aimed at slowing down the rate of new COVID-19 infections, specifically in long-term care facilities. Turenne PharMedCo, a Montgomery long-term care pharmacy, offered staff at long-term care facilities a unique opportunity, hosting a series of virtual classes led by pharmacists to educate long term care staff about the COVID-19 vaccine. Nurses licensed in the state of Alabama received one hour of continuing education credit for attendance.
     
    Montgomery Chick-fil-A Finishes Major Upgrade
    Chick-fil-A’s location at 915 Ann St. in the Midtown Plaza shopping center was closed for several months earlier this year for a major renovation and upgrade. The work includes a 390-square-foot addition to the back of the building, which will be used for offices and storage.
     
    New Spectrum Store In Prattville
    Charter Communications, Inc. announced the opening of a new Spectrum Store in Prattville. The Spectrum store gives consumers in the Prattville area a convenient option for adding or managing their Spectrum Internet®, TV, mobile or voice services.
     
    ASF Costume Parade Brings Artistry Outdoors
    To coincide with the arrival of spring, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival dressed up its grounds—and windows—with Costume Parade, a safe, interactive, fun and enriching outdoor installation, which shows off more than a decade of costumes that have graced ASF’s stages. It pays tribute to the artistry and craft that go into bringing characters to life at a professional producing theater.

    The term “costume parade” refers to a costume designer and director’s first opportunity to see all the costumes on actors in relation to each other at the same time before a production opens. But before these costumes make it to the stage, dozens of hands and myriad talents touch each garment and its accompanying accessories.

    ASF Artistic Director Rick Dildine and Director of Costume Production Jeffrey Todhunter collaborated to curate the Costume Parade exhibit. “As a professional producing theater, nearly everything you see on our stages is made by hand right here in our shops,” said Dildine. “The designs we’ve featured here represent work by incredible designers, artisans and skilled craftspeople who’ve worked in professional theaters all over the country—even the world.”

    The installation features 13 outdoor panels on ASF’s lawn. Each panel includes information about the production’s costumes, notes from the costume designer and renderings and photography of the designs and completed costumes.
     
    Israeli Ambassador to US, UN Tours Montgomery
    Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan marked his first official trip to the United States with a visit to Montgomery. Ambassador Erdan met with Mayor Steven L. Reed in February at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. In addition to this meeting, the Israeli delegation toured other notable sites in Montgomery, including the Rosa Parks Museum. The trip is part of an all-immersive experience aimed at exploring the history of African-American communities and learning more about the depth of Black Americans’ unique contributions to the country’s story.
     
    C Spire Making Huge Investment in Alabama
    C Spire is ramping up an unprecedented growth project with a $1 billion investment over the next three years—the largest capital spend in company history—to accelerate the deployment of all-fiber Gigabit broadband internet in key parts of its service area in the Southeastern United States. The project will also provide ultra-fast, all-fiber broadband services to more than 200,000 homes and businesses by 2025 in Mississippi and Alabama, where the diversified telecommunications and technology services firm recently expanded its broadband internet availability, and resulted in faster delivery of 5G wireless technology in Mississippi markets.
     
    Montgomery Regional Airport’s Website Has Fresh Look

    When landing on the homepage of the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) website, travelers and visitors will now be welcomed with a brand-new online experience. Mid-February, the airport launched its redesigned web presence at flymgm.com. The new web design project was guided by Executive Airport Director Marshall J. Taggart Jr. and the Marketing and Air Service Development Committee of the Montgomery Airport Authority.
     
    Airport Embarks on Annual Deep Cleaning Campaign
    The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) completed its annual deep-cleaning campaign on March 13. Operation Clean Sweep was launched in March 2020, just prior to confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Alabama. In the year that followed, MGM implemented a comprehensive, continuous cleaning and sanitization program to keep travelers and airport staff safe during the pandemic. Now, airport leaders are seeing clear signs that consumers’ confidence in safe air travel is returning.
     
    Montgomery Regional Airport Expands Rental Car Options
    New cars are headed to the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM), as it has executed agreements to bring a larger inventory of vehicles for on-property rentals, and more than 105 additional spaces are available for rental car parking.
     
    2021 GMHBA Ideal Home at The Waters
    The Waters will be the 2021 Host Site for the Greater Montgomery Home Builders Association (GMHBA) Ideal Home. The 2021 Ideal Home will be designed by Stephen L. Thrash of Custom Home Designs and will be built by Coleman and Jake Farrior of Farrior Homes. GMHBA will contribute throughout the build process to create a truly custom home.
     
    Faulkner’s New College of Health Sciences Underway
    Crews with Marshall Design-Building LLC have been working to transform the former Burlington Coat Factory building into a space for Faulkner University’s new College of Health Sciences. By the end of 2020, crew members were installing insulation and drywall. Paint, flooring and carpeting were added in January and February. Renovations will also include all new frontage and signage.
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