Entries by Kimberly Ballard

Publix Launches Hunger Action Month with Food Bank of North Alabama

Dozens of Publix employees, used to unloading boxes to stock store shelves, turned their talents around last week and loaded boxes to stock food pantry shelves. At the official kick-off ceremony hosted by the Food Bank of North Alabama here in Huntsville, Publix Super Market Charities launched Hunger Action Month with a $512,000 donation to […]

Huntsville’s Burgeoning Regional Economy Part 2: Right-sizing Lifestyle with Quality of Life

(This is the second and final installment of a two-part story on the area’s growing economy.) Recently, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle shared his vision for Huntsville in terms of an average sized pie. He, along with business owners and civic officials, stood at city center – what Battle calls Huntsville’s “living room” – and looked […]

Burgeoning Regional Economy Ensures Everyone a More Valuable Slice of the Pie

Envision Huntsville as an average size pie. Standing at city center, look outward in all directions toward the far edges of the pie crust – north toward the state line where visitors from Tennessee get their first glimpse of the city. South where many Huntsville businesses draw daily commuters. East across the mountain, west from […]

When Rubber Chickens Fly, You Know the Madison Business Expo & Kids Day Was a Success

MADISON — Madison celebrated its 150th anniversary mixing business with food, history, kids and rubber chickens on parachutes. The calendar was turned back to 1869 for the annual Madison Business Expo & Kids Day. The Hogan YMCA was transformed into the Madison Station Depot as 65 Madison businesses demonstrated products, provided information and, of course, […]

Region Mayors Come Together for History-Making Agreement

It looked like a gathering of Knights of the Round Table.   But it was mayors from Madison, Limestone and Morgan counties gatheredaround a circular high-tech table for a history-making pact. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; Madison Mayor Paul Finley; Triana Mayor MaryCaudle; Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks; Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling; and MooresvilleCity Councilwoman Leeann Barr, […]

HudsonAlpha Generates $2.45B Economic Impact for Alabama, Study Shows

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology contributed a whopping $2.45 billion to Alabama’s statewide economy, according to a data analysis from the Center for Management & Economic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The data, taken from an analysis conducted between 2006 and 2018 said three factors had the most impact including employment, revenue and […]