Top Headlines: Wind Creek Pennsylvania expansion, Hoar Construction completes Saraland project

Wind Creek working to expand at new Pennsylvania property
Wind Creek advanced its case Thursday to tap a lucrative tax incentive for a $100 million hotel near its casino in south Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The authority overseeing the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone deemed the 12-story hotel as a “qualified” project for the incentive, which casino executives say would make the hotel grander with 270 rooms, a swanky lobby, spa, bar and 35,000 square feet of meeting space including three ballrooms, positioning Wind Creek to attract larger meeting groups. – Morning Call

Hoar Construction finishes work on $11.6 million Saraland emergency building
Hoar Construction has completed work on an $11.6 million freestanding emergency health facility in Saraland. The 22,000-square-foot Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland has 11 examination rooms, a trauma room, a triage room, an in-house laboratory, and connects to the existing imaging department, complete with MRI, CT, X-ray, and ultrasound equipment. It is the first emergency room in Mobile County located outside the city limits of Mobile. –

Alabama governor requests $1 billion of bonds for schools
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey wants lawmakers to approve issuing $1 billion of bonds for the state’s public schools, colleges and universities. Ivey, a Republican and former high school teacher, made the funding request in her State of the State speech to a joint session of the GOP-led Legislature Tuesday, the opening day of this year’s session. – Bond Buyer

Shannon Waltchack’s real estate fund buys Virginia shopping center
Birmingham, Alabama-based property management company Shannon Waltchack’s retail real estate fund, SWNC I LLC, has purchased the Little Creek Marketplace shopping center in Norfolk, S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. announced Tuesday. The sale price of the transaction was not disclosed. – Virginia Business

Peanut farmers come out of their shells for Dothan trade show
More than 600 farmers and 60 exhibitors traveled to Dothan for the Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show. “This is the way that the businesses and the farmers can get together in one central location. It’s a good time of the year, sort of a down time for agriculture so we can all meet and learn a lot and share a lot of ideas,” Carl Sanders, president of Alabama Peanut Producers said. – WTVY

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Law firm rebrands itself to become RumbergerKirk
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell has rebranded to become RumbergerKirk, revealing a new, modern brand identity and website. In part, the refreshed brand is a result of the firm’s market research showing that clients and recruits respond favorably to more contemporary styles and shorter names. The firm does a wide range of civil practice, with offices in Orlando, Miami and Tallahassee, Florida, as well as Birmingham. – News release

Picking apart why sales are slow on Mazda3 sedan and hatchback
Explaining new car sales can be tricky sometimes but there are certain times when the data should be pretty self-explanatory. When a car has been on the market for several years without a major refresh, sales will typically drop. Conversely, a car that was just redesigned should see an uptick in sales. So what the heck is happening with the 2020 Mazda3 sedan and 2020 Mazda3 hatchback? – Carbuzz

World’s biggest car market shows first signs of coronavirus effect
Chinese auto dealers, who have seen traffic through their showrooms slow to a trickle due to the fast-spreading coronavirus, have sought temporary financial support to see them through. The coronavirus has killed more than 560 people in mainland China and more than 28,000 are confirmed to be infected, prompting local governments to extend holidays and introduce travel curbs to halt its spread. – Reuters

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