The annual event is designed to provide Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama members with updates from key officials on public policy topics. Hundreds attended this year’s luncheon.
Governor Ivey spoke about changes she has made for the state of Alabama while she has been governor. She has worked closely with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and local officials during six weather related States of Emergency and has successfully improved the state's communication and response to natural disasters.
Governor Ivey said that Alabama's economy is performing well with unemployment down, revenues are up, and economic development is on the rise. Since she became governor, over $3.5 billion dollars in new direct investments have been committed in the state. These investments have created nearly 8,000 new jobs for Alabama workers. The most recent unemployment numbers put the unemployment rate at 3.5 percent which is the lowest rate ever recorded in Alabama.
Governor Ivey also spoke about her Strong Start, Strong Finish education initiative which improves education all the way from Pre-K to the workforce. She spoke briefly about her General Fund Budget project which is working to help the state fund government appropriately.