Five of the area’s most distinguished residents were honored by being inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame on Oct. 19.

Each year, The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama honors “civic giants” that have made an impact on the quality, livability, and economic progress of our community. The Civic Hall of Fame was born during The Chamber’s 100th anniversary year in 2000 and is designed to honor exceptional citizens who have made significant, long-term contributions to the overall development of Tuscaloosa County. With this class, 108 citizens will have been inducted as members of the Hall of Fame.

Gary Nichols, President and CEO of McAbee Construction, was named the 2016 Charles H. Land Member of the Year during the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama's 116th Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Celebration, presented January 26th by The University of Alabama at the Bryant Conference Center.

Mark Tegan and Dr. Rusty Sutterlin, founders of Inventure Renewables, were named the H. Pettus Randall Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama at a luncheon ceremony held on Dec. 7 at Hotel Capstone. The award is named in honor of local entrepreneur H. Pettus Randall, III, who built Randall Publishing, now Randall Reilly, into one of the 25 largest publishing companies in America. Randall passed away in 2002.

Inventure Renewables has pioneered a method in which basic waste biomass with a low value is transformed into high-value biofuels, biochemical and biomaterials.

Members of West Alabama’s legislative delegation met at Embassy Suites Thursday morning for Chamber in Session: State of the State, tackling topics of interest to Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama members during a panel moderated by JamisonMoneyFarmer PC’s Carl Jamison, the Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council.

Joining Jamison for the panel were Sen. Gerald Allen, in his second term serving Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa’s District 21; Sen. Bobby Singleton, in his third term serving Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa’s District 24; Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa’s House District 70; Rep. Bill Poole of Tuscaloosa’s House District 63; Rep. Kyle South of Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar and Tuscaloosa’s House District 16; and Rep. Rich Wingo of Tuscaloosa’s House District 62.

Senator Allen, who serves as Chairman of the Transportation and Energy Committee, was asked about the ongoing debate on investment in the state’s aging transportation infrastructure.

Members of the Tuscaloosa County Legislative Delegation will be on hand for Thursday morning’s Chamber in Session: State of the State event at 7:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites.

Designed to provide Chamber members with updates from key officials on public policy topics, Thursday’s event will feature Sen. Gerald Allen, Sen. Bobby Singleton, Rep. Chris England, Rep. Bill Poole, Rep. Kyle South and Rep. Rich Wingo.

The Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Northport Civic Center. Six civic giants who have contributed to the betterment of Tuscaloosa County were recognized.

Ashley Gill, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A, Northport, was named Northport Citizen of the Year in a ceremony held Thursday evening at Five Points Baptist Church. The ceremony also honored religious and business leaders, as well as teachers and public safety leaders.

On Friday, September 30, former employees of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen impacted by the restaurant’s recent closing are invited to attend a job registration event between 9 a.m. and noon in the Cheddar’s parking lot.

West Alabama Works has mobilized its partners and will have the Mobile Workforce Unit to help those who are looking for employment in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

The 1st Annual Tuscaloosa Run for Veterans will be held Saturday, November 5 at 8 a.m. at Government Plaza.

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