Top Headlines: Amazon wants to build $45 million facility in Spanish Fort, Philanthropist Joann Bashinksy dies at 89

Amazon wants to build $45 million facility in Spanish Fort
Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan confirms that pending city approval, Amazon is planning a $45 million distribution facility on 24 acres in Spanish Fort. The proposed new facility will create 115 full-time jobs. The project still faces approval by the city’s planning commission and city council. – NBC 15

Philanthropist Joann Bashinsky dies at 89
Joann Bashinsky, a Birmingham woman known for her philanthropic efforts around Alabama, died this week at age 89. The widow of Sloan Bashinsky, founder of Golden Flake Foods, was a co-founder of the Auxiliary of Big Oak Ranch. – Cision

Texas company buying Alabama’s WhiteSky Communications
Property management technology firm RealPage is buying Northport-based WhiteSky Communications, which provides bulk internet services to places like apartment complexes, student housing and hotels. RealPage provides a software suite for the multifamily real estate industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. – The Dallas Morning News

Clanton among 20 locations for new Women’s Business Centers
The U.S. Small Business Administration is granting funding for Women’s Business Centers in 20 locations across the U.S., including one in Clanton. It’s the largest expansion of WBC’s in the 30-year history of the program, which offers resources for women entrepreneurs. The Clanton center will be the Regional Economic Assistance for Communicating Hope (REACH) Catalyst Women’s Business Center.  – Street Insider

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