Top Headlines: State Business Leaders Anticipate Economic Growth, 11 Alabama Real Estate Firms on Top Sales, Transaction List

State business leaders anticipate economic growth
A survey of Alabama’s business leaders shows that they are more optimistic about the state’s economy than they have been since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research says the Alabama Business Confidence Index is at 64.3 for the second quarter, up more than 8 points from last quarter.  –

11 Alabama real estate firms on top sales, transaction list
Eleven Alabama companies are on a list of the top 1,000 real estate firms in the country, ranked by sales and transactions. The RISMedia 2021 Power Broker Report has Keller Williams Realty in Hoover ranked 171st, Lake Homes Realty in Hoover ranked 352nd and Keller Williams Realty in Huntsville ranked 379th. Eight other Alabama companies follow them. – RISMedia

Coal miners continue strike in west Alabama
Warrior Met Coal miners in Brookwood, Alabama, rejected an agreement with the United Mine Workers of America and are in their second week of a strike. The United Mine Workers of America will begin holding unity rallies in Brookwood for its members, families and community supporters. – Patch

Auburn launches supply chain management grad program
Auburn University is now offering a graduate program in supply chain management. The program, part of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business Graduate Program, “is built around teaching the nuances and complexities of implementing, planning and strategizing growth within supply chains,” according to the college. The graduate degree can be earned via in-person classes or remotely. – Harbert College of Business

Food City opens first Alabama location
The Chattanooga-based Food City grocery chain will open a location in Albertville, its first store in Alabama. The 54,000-square-foot supermarket will include a bakery, deli, café, catering and event planning. The chain says other locations in Alabama are coming. – Progressive Grocer

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