As API enters the thirteenth week publishing Anchored in Alabama, our team continues to be encouraged by the stories we hear from you and from local media. It is clear that our faith communities and businesses are stepping up to today’s challenges.
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Anchored in Alabama, Week Thirteen
1. Alabama Launchpad Awards $150,000 to Startup Companies
Alabama Launchpad, a program run by the non-profit Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA), awarded two start-up companies with grants as part of its Cycle 2 competition. MOXIE, a tech startup that provides automation systems for industrial companies, won $100,000. Field Culture Compost, Alabama’s first commercial compost producer, won $50,000. EDPA’s Innovation Consultant, Dennis Leonard, said that “these are two startups with high-growth potential who also offer innovative solutions in their respective sectors… During this challenging economic period, it’s now more important than ever to support dynamic startups who can grow and create jobs in Alabama.”
2. Volunteers Deliver Produce from Community Garden to Northwest Alabama Residents
Back in 2019, members of Echo, Alabama’s Men’s Club joined together to start a community garden on a 7-acre plot of land just off Highway 27. Since then, they have tended to the land and watched it flourish despite droughts and other setbacks, while also welcoming anyone in need to come and take whatever they need. Now, volunteers are going out into the community to distribute the produce to disabled, sick, and shut-in community members. Men’s Club member Dan Grantham told ALFA, “We’ve never sold a penny out here. Even watermelons that could bring $5 apiece, we give those away.”
3. 6-year-old Raises Money for Mobile Hospital
Landry Posey, a 6-year-old from Mobile, wanted to do her part to help people and decided to make and sell art and donate the proceeds to Providence Hospital’s COVID-19 Response Fund. She sold out in just two days and was able to donate over $400 to help streamline testing and supply personal protective equipment to those in need.
4. Fairhope Church Delivers Food to Healthcare Workers
Last Wednesday, members of Celebration Church of Fairhope delivered lunch to the staff at Thomas Hospital. Kelly Stripling, a member of the church, works at the hospital but so far has been unable to attend church in person due to her daily interactions with COVID patients. Pastor Johnny Hunt said that the purpose of their visit was “to show her and her entire department our appreciation and thankfulness for their sacrifice. The church may look different right now, but it is still active and living and we’re always looking for a way to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”
5. Walmart Announces Hiring of 8,000 Alabama Veterans
Walmart announced that it has hired over 266,000 veterans nationwide, including 8,000 in Alabama through their Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guarantees a job offer to any eligible veteran. CEO Doug McMillon remarked, “I’m proud of the commitment we’ve made to veterans and their families, and I’m thrilled that so many have decided to join us.”
Anchored in Alabama is a weekly publication and selected news aggregate of the Alabama Policy Institute that is updated every Wednesday. If you know of a story that could be highlighted in this publication and would like to submit it for review, please email communications@alabamapolicy.