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Anchored in Alabama, Week Sixteen
1. Huntsville Ranked One of the Best Cities to Live In Post-Pandemic
Business Insider just released its list of best cities to move to after the pandemic. Huntsville ranked the 13th best city in the U.S. and the top southern city. The publication wrote that Huntsville stood out when it came to unemployment and flexible jobs. “Huntsville had a pre-coronavirus unemployment rate of 2.2%, tied for the sixth-lowest rate among metro areas (nationwide), and 41.5% of jobs could be done from home, a higher share than in most metro areas.” Decatur, Alabama was also ranked highly due to the fact that its “cost of living is 16.5% less than the national average, ranking as the 14th-lowest cost of living among metro areas in the South… [and] the pre-coronavirus unemployment rate… was 2.4%, lower than the US rate of 3.5% in February.”
2. Black Belt Community Foundation and Partners Offer $10,000 Scholarship
The Black Belt Community Foundation has announced that it is creating the William Curry Scholarship for Academic and Community Leadership. One of the scholarship’s founders, Dr. Arthur During, says the namesake is a good model for students. “He never minced words when confronting some of our society’s most challenging obstacles to success. We want to make his name, his work and his legacy remembered.” The $10,000 scholarship would be awarded twice each year to students who will “excel in school [and] volunteer in projects to benefit the community and be civically engaged.”
3. Kiwanis Clubs in Hoover and Huntsville Host Events to Support Nonprofits
Kiwanis Clubs in Alabama hosted their annual events to raise money and host service projects earlier this summer. The clubs support a number of charitable organizations that help children, teens, families, and adults with disabilities. About 100 attended the event at Riverchase Country Club and the club raised $24,620. Huntsville’s club raised $7,500 from its pancake breakfast, which served 250 people.
4. Birmingham YMCA Opens Doors to Students Taking Online Classes
With many school districts announcing online-only schools, many worry for children who lack a safe place with internet access where they will be able to complete their schoolwork. The Birmingham YMCA has stepped up to fill this need by allowing students to come and complete their schoolwork at their facilities across Birmingham. Executive Director Rhonda Elmore told CBS 42, “Our plan will incorporate small groups, social distancing, and additional health and safety protocols to protect the well-being of children and staff.”
5. ALDI Bringing Hub, Along with 200 Jobs, to Baldwin County
German grocery store chain ALDI is planning to build a new regional headquarters and distribution center just off I-10 in Loxley. The $100 million facility is estimated to create 200 new jobs in the area. ALDI’s Vice President of Real Estate Dan Gavin says that the facility is part of ALDI’s desire to start “ramping up our expansion plans to meet the growing demand along the Gulf Coast.” Construction is expected to begin early next year and be completed by the end of 2022. Baldwin County Commissioner Jeb Ball believes that “ALDI’s growth and success will contribute to overall economic health and help meet the needs of our growing population.”
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