New permit fee means money for construction skills training

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"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

This profundity from Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States, is deceptively simple. What constitutes such work?

Since Roosevelt's time we have been warned of the dehumanizing effect of rote wage labor that denies the importance of creativity and robs the worker of any control – or pride – in the production of the final product. Skilled construction trades stand out as an exception. 

 

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Posted on June 30, 2015 .

Downtown hotel added to Hilton's Curio collection

The much-anticipated renovation of downtown's Redmont Hotel is nearing completion. Hilton Worldwide announced this week that it has officially welcomed the historic 120-room hotel into its Curio collection of properties ahead of its July reopening, according to a release by the hotel. It will be the only Alabama hotel in the Curio collection, which features a mix of hotels with unique amenities – often in historic buildings.

 

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Posted on June 4, 2015 .

The Redmont will reopen in summer as Curio Collection by Hilton hotel

The Redmont hotel will be branded a Curio Collection by Hilton upon reopening in summer 2015 after a multimillion-dollar renovation. In December, The Redmont developer announced Joe White, a longtime hotel manager in the Southeast, will be the general manager of The Redmont.White is the president of Rhaglan Hospitality. The hotel will feature a restaurant, cafe and rooftop bar, along with other modern amenities.

 

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Posted on March 12, 2015 .

B-Metro's 2015 Top Lawyers

Andy Campbell is the managing partner of the firm and the chair of the litigation section. In a diverse litigation career that has spanned more than 30 years, he has handled hundreds of both plaintiff and defense cases involving shareholder disputes and litigation, securities and derivative litigation, class actions, trusts and estate litigation, will contests and fiduciary duty claims.

 

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Posted on March 12, 2015 .

What Builders Want from the Legislature

Construction leaders balk at asking the Legislature for a special bond issue. A fix for frail highway funding has not emerged. But builders will ask the legislators for a workforce training bill and revision of bid laws to allow a construction-manager-at-risk option for large public works projects.

Members of two Alabama construction trade associations say they will be looking to the state Legislature this spring to give their industry an economic boost. 

 

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Posted on March 10, 2015 .

Bill aims to provide additional funding for workforce development

Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday received recommendations from the Alabama Workforce Council, including a bill aimed at providing additional funding to workforce development programs.

The Alabama Associated General Contractors' Craft Training Bill will create a long-term funding source, paying out in between $3 million and $5 million annually, for training programs that will meet the needs of the state's growing industrial base, according to a synopsis of the bill.

 

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Posted on February 4, 2015 .

Downtown Staple

John's City Diner, known formerly as "John's," is a downtown Birmingham mainstay. Although it is a diner by name, John's City Diner owner Shannon Gober likes to refer to his restaurant as an upscale, imaginative interpretation of a diner. "We have a great diner mood and attitude--it's friendly, fun, and laid-back. The food, on the other hand, now that's a cut above typical diner far," says Gober.

 

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Posted on October 7, 2014 .

What I learned on my first dove hunt

Let’s get a few things out of the way. I didn’t grow up around hunting. As a Florida girl raised near the beach, I was around plenty of water, but not a lot of bucks. Actually, not any. And though I’ve lived in the Deep South for the past 20 years, surrounded by neighbors and friends who hunt, I’ve never gone. Until last week.

When a friend asked, “Would you like to go on a dove hunt?” I raised one eyebrow. Again, to be clear: I don’t have anything against hunting; it just was never my thing. But, always up for an adventure, I said yes.

 

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Posted on September 22, 2014 .

God's Country: Alabama dove season kicks off in style at Sugar Foot Farm

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The Sugar Foot Farm dove shoot begins with a catered lunch. Families packed in pickups, SUVs and luxury sedans arrive shortly before noon, having traveled from every part of the state and beyond to spend September's first Saturday in Marengo County. It's a lively crowd of men, women and children of all ages, clad in camo and cotton with hunting equipment in tow. Gathered around gingham-covered tables outside the property's main house, they'll spend the next few hours digging into barbecue plates and reuniting with old friends while making new ones.

 

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Posted on September 15, 2014 .

Birmingham's John's City Diner steps up its game and embraces history with $225,000 of renovations

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Fans of John's City Diner may have heard that the classic restaurant was remodeling and planning to take down its original neon sign. Although that's true, there's no cause for despair. Owner Shannon Gober hopes to take down the sign and painstakingly restore it to its former glory as part of a $225,000 two- year renovation plan for the Southern-American restaurant.

 

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Posted on September 12, 2014 .

Autumn Bash at Sugar Foot Farm

Strictly speaking, a hunting party could mean a few buddies huddled in a chilly duck blind or slogging through mud and brambles to get a shot at a wild turkey. For Tom Jernigan, it’s something much bigger and better. Every September near the start of the dove-hunting season, he hosts a gathering in Alabama’s Black Belt that’s as much about socializing as shooting.  

 

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Posted on August 27, 2014 .