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Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week 18

As API enters the eighteenth-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.

We continue to say “Thank You” for your support of this publication. As always, we hope you find it uplifting.

Anchored in Alabama, Week Eighteen

1. $250 Million Skyscraper and Development Planned for Downtown Birmingham, Expected to Open Before 2022 World Games
Former Auburn and NFL star linebacker Karlos Dansby and his business partner have announced their intention to build a large multi-use development in downtown Birmingham that will bring with it an estimated 2,000 jobs and cost $250 million. If completed, the development will include restaurants, hotels, residential units, and offices in its 1.25 million square foot location. The proposed skyscraper is set to be 48 stories and 700 feet tall, making it the tallest building in both Birmingham and the state at large. Much of the project is scheduled to be completed by the 2022 World Games with the full development completed by the summer of 2023.

Original Story: https://bhamnow.com/2020/08/16/new-250m-skyscraper-the-block-proposed-for-2nd-ave-n-birmingham/

2. Alabama Area Movie Theaters Reopening
AMC Theaters, which operates locations in Auburn, Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Mobile, and other cities in Alabama, is reopening many of its locations this week with both lowered prices and a slew of classic movies. On Thursday, opened locations will offer tickets for only 15 cents. After that date, older movies such as Back to the Future and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, will be showing at a discounted price. Masks and physical distancing will be required for those frequenting the theater.

This is an API original story.

3. University of Alabama Public Relations Program Ranked Best in the Nation
PR Week, a public relations trade magazine, named the UA Department of Advertising and Public Relations the most outstanding program in the United States. Alabama beat out the departments from Boston University, New York University, Penn State University, and Syracuse University for the top honor. Two students from the program were also recognized as finalists by the magazine for the Most Outstanding PR Student Award.

Original Story: https://www.alabamanewscenter.com/2020/08/16/university-of-alabama-public-relations-program-named-no-1-in-country-by-prweek/

4. Birmingham-Headquartered Southeastern Conference Allowing In-Person Fans to College Football Games, Capacity Up to Individual Universities
The Birmingham-Headquartered Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced Tuesday that it would allow fans to attend college football games this season although masks will be required. Along with the mask requirement and the much-invited shift to mobile tickets only, the league announced a variety of other safety measures that will be required at all of its games. Decisions regarding attendance limits and on-campus tailgating however, will be left to the individual university.

Original Story: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/sec-announces-stadium-attendance-guidelines-mask-mandates-for-2020-college-football-season/

5. Police Officers Collect School Supplies for Huntsville Students
For weeks, the Huntsville Police Department collected backpacks, pencils, and other school supplies to be given to students in need. Local residents donated the supplies and Huntsville City School Superintendent Christie Finley was able to collect the items and offer them to the children who needed them most.

Original Story: https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Huntsville-police-collect-school-supply-donations-for-local-students–572148881.html

Anchored in Alabama is a publication and selected news aggregate of the Alabama Policy Institute. 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.org.

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