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News and Kudos

Member News and Kudos  (February 2016)

  • The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Feb. 10th  that would give businesses with 75 or fewer employees a $1,500 income tax credit for every new, full-time job paying $40,000 or more a year
  • The federal government gave Alabama the go-ahead to change the delivery of Medicaid and move to a managed care system advocates hope will control cost growth and lead to better outcomes.  On Tuesday Feb. 9th, Gov. Robert Bentley, flanked by Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar and legislative leaders, said the state had received an 1115 waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which administers the Medicaid program. The waiver will allow the state to create 11 regional care organizations (RCOs), which will enroll Medicaid patients with the goal of encouraging preventive care and cutting costs.  The state could receive up to $748 million from the federal government over the next five years to implement the program. At least $328 million will go to set up the RCOs over three years. Azar said that money could only be used to create the RCOs, and not to supplement existing health services. The rest of the money could be made available if the state reaches certain benchmarks.
  • Congratulations to Corey Miller on the grand opening of PARLAY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL at 1158 Wall Triana Highway in  Triana AL.

  • The Huntsville/Madison County CVB has partnered with Arts Huntsville (formerly The Arts Council) on a brand new collection of locally made items celebrating Huntsville and Madison County. These special items will help kick off The Year of Alabama Makers – an official Alabama Tourism Department campaign. Items are now available for purchase at the Downtown Visitor Center (500 Church Street).

  • Alabama A&M University's Fourth Presidential Community Engagement and Recruitment Tour ended with a festive 2:30 p.m. "Welcome Back" on The Quad Friday, February 5.  During a brief Welcome Back recap, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., presented students, faculty and staff an overview of what he called "a very successful" week-long tour throughout Alabama.  During the tour, scholarships were presented to 757 students in 51 high schools and bringing four-year scholarships awarded to more than $14 million.

  • On February 5, Oakwood University was one of seven campuses to host teams from HBCUs competing in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) national qualifying tournament.

    Competing in the 27th season of HCASC, Oakwood's All-Star team rose to the challenge, beating Alabama A&M University, Concordia College, Harris Stowe State University, Miles College, Morehouse College, Philander Smith College, Stillman College, Talladega College, and Tougaloo College, to win first place in the qualifying tournament.

  • CornerStone Conference for Community Compassion C4 ~ 2016  Creating Collaborative Actions for Social and Economic Justice


             Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016  ~  8:30am - 3:00pm

             The Jackson Center  ~  6001 Moquin Drive  ~  Huntsville, AL

            Seating for the conference with buffet luncheon is limited, so register now!

  • Calhoun’s “Ready to Work program” is NOW open for registration. This 8-week program collaborates with local hiring agencies and the Calhoun Career Placement office to provide hands on instruction and a career pathway for adults with limited education and employment experience. The programs workplace environment provides individuals with entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. Upon completion of the program, class participants receive The Alabama Certified Worker certificate and The Career Readiness certificate. Please visit to download required forms. If you need additional information, please call the Ready to Work office at 256-713-4866.