Top Headlines: Swaid Clinic opens in Vestavia, Ivey announces funding for roads, bridges

Vestavia Hills’ Swaid Clinic opens
Vestavia Hills is now home to a 40,000-square-foot medical facility. The Swaid Vestavia Medical Center & Surgical Institute of Alabama opened this week at 1021 Old Montgomery Hwy. Brasfield & Gorrie served as the general contractor. The center has an ambulatory surgery center, diagnostic center, clinical space and physical therapy. Gov. Kay Ivey and others, including Birmingham neurosurgeon Swaid N. Swaid, attended the opening. –

Ivey announces $7 million for roads, bridges across Alabama
Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation on Thursday announced that $7 million in funding is being awarded to cities and counties for various local road and bridge projects. The funding is made available through the Annual Grant Program, a new program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act, according to a news release from Ivey’s office. The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ALDOT to establish an annual program setting aside $10 million off the top of the state’s share of new gas tax revenue for local road and bridge projects. – Fox10TV

Here’s how to work with the robots at Amazon’s new fulfillment center
Amazon is partnering with Lawson State Community College to offer four employment information sessions for jobs at its new Bessemer fulfillment center. The center, which is expected to hire 1,500 people, is projected to open toward the end of March. Salaries are expected to start at $15 an hour. Construction on the multi-floor fulfillment center began on a 100-plus-acre site in October 2018. When up and running, it will hold millions of items and be able to dispatch more than 100,000 orders a day, with workers and robots handling orders. –

Gambling plan from Creeks gets exposure boost before session
We are less than a month away from the opening day of the Alabama legislature. One big issue that will dominate this session is the Poarch Band of Creek Indian’s plan to give Alabama a billion dollars and change gaming in the state as we know it. The tribe is calling it “a public awareness campaign.” Convincing the public is one thing, but the tribe also has to get the Alabama Legislature on board. – NBC15

Manufacture Alabama names Salazar head of communications
Manufacture Alabama has announced Amanda Salazar as their Director of Member Engagement. Salazar will be responsible for all external communications as well as membership recruitment and retention for Manufacture Alabama.  “We are thrilled to have Amanda join the team at Manufacture Alabama,” said George Clark, founder and CEO. “With her vast past experiences, she brings new innovative ideas and practices that will not only benefit our members but will benefit the entire state of Alabama.” – AL Political Reporter 

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GM to invest $40M in upgrades for Tennessee auto plant
General Motors is investing $40 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant for upgrades to manufacturing capabilities. The investment will increase the capacity of the 5.3L V8 engines for GM’s full-sized truck and SUV programs in the Spring Hill Global Propulsion Systems plant. GM said the investment will add to the $22 million investment for Spring Hill GPS that was announced in early 2019. Spring Hill Manufacturing is the GM’s largest facility in North America. – WTVF

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