The City of Tuscaloosa launches Innovate Tuscaloosa, a business plan competition to encourage economic growth in tornado recovery areas.

Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service partnered with the University of Alabama’s University Medical Center to develop ACTION, a program that responds to the less critical needs of the community and reduces costly hospital emergency room transports and care.

ACTION, which stands for Appropriate Care and Treatment In Our Neighborhoods, places nurse practitioners and physician assistants, social workers and behavioral health providers in appropriate response vehicles to treat 911 callers’ medical needs at the scene.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) has elected H. Dean McClure, president of TTL Inc., chairman for 2018. McClure succeeds Claude D. Edwards, president of Bryant Bank, who completes his term on Dec. 31.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority has named Jo Bonner to serve as the interim executive director of the organization while a search is conducted to identify a candidate for the leadership position.

For years, the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa has made it possible for children and adults with special needs to play baseball. Now, the organization needs the community’s help. 

The 2017 Chamber in Session: State of the Economy, a sold-out event held November 1 at Hotel Capstone, kicked off with elected officials and community leaders signing an economic development partnership that will help direct economic and workforce development efforts in the future.

The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a tropical storm watch for several Central and West Alabama counties. This watch includes Tuscaloosa County.

Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued a statewide State of Emergency in anticipation of the potential impacts for Tropical Storm Nate. According to the National Hurricane Center, Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane when it makes landfall on Sunday morning. This storm is expected to bring direct impacts from wind, storm surge and heavy rain.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox is running for Alabama governor. In a videotaped statement on Thursday, Oct. 5, Maddox confirmed he is entering the 2018 race.

Norman A. Crow, a member of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors, has been appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE). He will represent Congressional District Seven and will be subject to confirmation by the 2018 Alabama Senate.

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