NorthRiver Yacht Club tennis and other members recently donated through the club’s “Be the Change” initiative to raise money for Secret Meals for Hungry Children – a program created by Alabama Credit Union to provide meals for children who can’t access nutritional meals during the weekend while they’re away from school. The meals are discretely slipped into the backpacks of as many hungry children as donations allow.

To learn more about Secret Meals for Hungry Children, visit secretmeals.org.

I don't know if I buy into New Year’s resolutions.  A couple of years ago, I wrote about how most them fail before January 30. In fact, 33 percent of resoluters (is that a word?) admit defeat just from failure to keep track of progress. And 23 percent forget about what they set out to alter in the first place. Approximately 88 percent fail in total. Sort of pointless, huh?

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa held its first annual CEO Build on Oct. 31. More than 20 local business leaders and community volunteers converged on Juanita Drive to help build a home for the Teyunna Harris and her two young children.  

Nine area banking institutions raised close to $10,000 in a single day in the inaugural "Battle of the Banks," a charity event held November 17 to benefit the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army.

After 31 years as the executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA), Dara Longgrear will retire, effective Nov. 1.

Last month, I outlined the impact of the digital economy on the City of Tuscaloosa’s general fund revenue. With 68 percent of our proceeds coming from gross sales – sales taxes, use taxes and business licenses – internet sales have all but evaporated the City’s revenue growth. 

From hotels to restaurants, downtown T-town has become a little mecca of new business for our community. Within this new business boom sits the beautiful 2700 Capitol Park building, with upscale apartments and a hot new fitness boutique, The Barre Code.  After seeing the frenzy on social media about pop-up barre classes around Tuscaloosa this summer, I knew I needed to check out The Barre Code to find out what this shaking, burning, and tucking was all about.  

For the seventh consecutive year, Wells Fargo will team up with the University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams and Children’s of Alabama in its “Picks for Kids” campaign that will run throughout the 2017-18 football season. As part of the "Picks for Kids" campaign, Wells Fargo will donate $1,000 to Children's for each pass interception made by the Tide and Tigers.

Chamber member firms have come together to raise nearly $40,000 to provide students the opportunity to participate in the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Summer Enrichment Program. The high-engagement summer enrichment program will be held during June and targets a major issue – students losing progress in key areas during the summer months.

The 2016-17 Forerunners class held a graduation ceremony May 17 at the John R. Drish House. High school students from around Tuscaloosa County participate in the leadership program, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The keynote address for the event was given by Max Karrh, vice president of Bryant Bank, and graduates were recognized by Karen Thompson, the executive director of Temporary Emergency Services.

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