Top Headlines: YellaWood’s new campaign, American Airlines expands in Huntsville

Remembering Mobile’s Trump-inspired flirtation with casinos
Remember the time when casino magnates were optioning property in Mobile and one of them – a celebrity named Donald Trump – came to town and kissed the city seal? It’s been a while. Saturday, March 16, marked 20 years to the day that Beau Rivage set a new benchmark for what a Gulf Coast casino resort could be. –

Beaver popularity sure to soar with new YellaWood campaign
First it was Buc-ee’s, which opened its first convenience megastore outside of Texas in Alabama and created the first wave of beaver madness. Now YellaWood has introduced a new ad campaign featuring a mischievous band of beavers driven to create their own waterside oasis: The Woodland’s Most Wanted. The new campaign launched Sunday. – News release

Hoover issues $275 million in bonds for steel project
Hoover’s Industrial Development Board has committed to issuing $275 million in bonds to support U.S. Steel’s electric arc furnace project in Fairfield. City officials said it was a chance to support an area industrial development project, but will not entail any liability on the city’s part. –

Lottery constitutional amendment, enabling legislation filed
A constitutional amendment filed Tuesday morning by State Sen. Jim McClendon, if approved by the Legislature, will allow for the people to vote on a statewide lottery by this time next year. Polling data from multiple reputable sources finds that an overwhelming majority of voters wants an opportunity to vote on the issue. McClendon also introduced a legislative act Tuesday that outlines the rules and regulations under which the system would operate. – Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama community colleges expand aerospace, manufacturing studies
Alabama’s community college system has inked a deal to expand students’ access to aerospace, manufacturing and defense industry training. The Alabama Community College System and Huntsville’s Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation’s University Consortium have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance emerging technology programs. –

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American Airlines expands service at Huntsville airport
American Airlines is adding to its inventory of flights arriving and departing at Huntsville International Airport. The airport announced Tuesday that beginning in June, American will have more early-morning and evening flights for customers traveling to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. –

CFD awarded NASA Vertical Lift Tech Development contract
CFD Research announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a small business prime contract for the Vertical Lift Technology Development program at NASA Ames Research Center. The five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract has a ceiling value of $24 million. CFD Research and its subcontractors will provide aeronautical engineering, research, and development for vertical lift technology development. – News release

Foreign business registration available on secretary of state website
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced that another avenue is now available for Alabamians to accomplish business with the state through the Secretary of State’s online business filing portal. Merrill said that he is excited to announce that businesses wishing to register a foreign for-profit and non-profit corporations can now accomplish this process online, without having to journey to Montgomery in person. – Alabama Political Reporter

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