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Flashback: In the Land of Cotton

Cotton, of course, never went away entirely in Heart of Dixie Alabama. It was just put in the shade of soybeans and polyester and such.

Flashback: Gulf Drilling Vigorous after Disaster

Drilling activity hardly blinked at the environmental disaster of the BP spill. After a modest 18-month decline in Gulf production, there began a steady rise that has continued through 2018.

Energen Corp. Bought for a Premium, $9.2 Billion

Diamondback Energy Inc., based in Midland, Texas, on August 14 agreed to buy Energen Corp. for $9.2 billion.

Flashback: Smoking Gun of National Wealth Liquidation

Who was to blame for the collapse of the housing market in 2007-2008?

Flashback: Gulf Real Estate Legend

Gene Brett at The Phoenix II in 1986. Photo by Leigh Jordan Brown ...

Flashback: Long-Running Family Fishery

Chris Nelson, Bon Secour Fisheries. Photo by Dan Anderson ...

Selling Alabama-Made Missiles to Arabs

That was the pitch going on last week by the top U.S. pitchman for American Made, President Donald Trump, when...

Flashback: Mountaintop Triumph

Eye popping new Alabama buildings are the focus of a collection of stories in our March 2018 issue: http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-Alabama/March-2018/Alabama-Projects-by-Alabama-Builders/ An Alabama landmark well worth...

Diving into City Hall

Randall Woodfin was elected mayor of Birmingham on Oct. 3,   defeating incumbent William Bell in...

Higher Ed at the Edge

ACHE Executive Director Jim Purcell says one of the biggest challenges facing the state is to...

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Disaster Graduate School

At the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, first-responders from across the nation prepare to handle worst-case scenarios.

Career Notes, October 2018

Who's moving up?

Catfish Farmers See Tariffs As Fair Trade

With Alabama catfish farmers, free trade is not an unquestioned principle, as with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or the National Fisheries Institute. Black Belt producers say “free” trade has been an unleveled playing field of unenforced safety standards and dumping practices.

Plugging the Hypersonic Missile Gap — The First $1.4 Billion

Advances in hypersonic missiles by Russia and China have put the U.S. behind in airborne weapons. Recent Lockheed Martin contracts — including key work in Huntsville — appear to be aimed at getting the U.S. back into the game.

Rocket City’s Planning Propulsion

Huntsville’s planning and infrastructure investment laid the foundation for one of the largest commercial developments in the country — transforming a vacant regional mall into a “walkable, connected community.”