Shelton State Community College has named Jason Moore as the College’s Dean of Workforce and Economic Development.

The Community Foundation of West Alabama named its 2018 class of Pillars of West Alabama in June at the Indian Hills Country Club. Each year, the board of directors selects recipients based on their life’s contribution to the West Alabama area. This year marked the 15th year of the program. 

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey will speak to Chamber members at Tuesday’s Chamber in Session: State of the State event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites.

Tuscaloosa resident and Wells Fargo team member Devon Averett received the Patriot Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Nicolas Britto presented the award to Averett during a ceremony held on Jan. 31.

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. 

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