Top Headlines: Election Day Arrives; Waterfront Dining Opportunity in Mobile

Groundbreaking to be Nov. 16 for Mazda-Toyota plant
The groundbreaking date has been set for the $1.6 billion auto plant to be built in Huntsville as months of site preparation draw to a close. The groundbreaking for the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA plant in Limestone County will take place on Nov. 16 – an event that’s expected to include more than just speeches from politicians and the ceremonial tossing of dirt with golden spades. – AL.com

Ivey, Maddox try to pump up their bases
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox are making campaign swings across the state by air today, hoping to pump up their bases of support and persuade undecided voters on the eve of the election. The polls are open today statewide at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. – AL.com

Democrats have nowhere but up to go in Alabama
Republicans have a clear edge in the midterm elections in deeply conservative Alabama, from the governor’s office on down. The question is whether Democrats can translate newfound energy into even one win in a statewide or congressional race. No Democrat holds statewide office in Montgomery, and Alabama’s nine-member delegation to Washington includes seven Republicans. – AP

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Restaurateurs sought for new GulfQuest proposal
A new waterfront dining experience is coming to the unique setting of the GulfQuest museum, if a new initiative from Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson bears fruit. How big an “if” that is remains to be seen, given that city funding of GulfQuest currently is the subject of dispute. However, Stimpson’s administration has put its restaurant project on a fast track: Proposals from interested restaurateurs are due by Dec. 4, with the expectation that a contract will be awarded in early 2019 and a new restaurant opening in the city-owned building next spring. – AL.com

Brasfield & Gorrie sports new offices in Atlanta
Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie opened its relocated Cobb County offices today in Georgia. The 113,000-square-foot office building, on 2999 Circle 75 Parkway, is located near SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. It’s a increase of about 43,000 square feet over the company’s former Kennesaw location. – AL.com

Cobalt The Restaurant takes silver in Orange Beach
Cobalt The Restaurant won Silver for the Alabama Retailer of the Year in the Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million category. They tied with another Orange Beach restaurant, Wolf Bay Restaurant. Brian and Jodi Harsany, owners of Cobalt The Restaurant, were nominated by the Alabama Small Business Development Center – University of Alabama and the City of Orange Beach. – News release

Under Armour’s #MeToo Moment: No more strip clubs on company dime
Under Armour Inc. employees received an email earlier this year that upended a longstanding company practice: They could no longer charge visits to strip clubs on their corporate cards. – Wall Street Journal

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