Dear Friends,

The first quarter of this calendar year marks the midpoint of the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. Each Legislative Session brings its own challenges and this session is no different. We have made great progress, but still have work to achieve. As the Legislature returns from spring break today, there are twelve days left in the last part of the Second Legislative Session of this quadrennium.

Alabama Veteran-Owned Business Stickers

Pictured from left, Billy Cotter, Congresswoman Martha Roby, Governor Robert Bentley, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and General Larry Ross.

Alabama Veteran-owned businesses can now be recognized by a sticker shown on the front of their business. It is important to honor veterans who have defended our country to allow Alabamians the freedom to do business. I was proud to join Governor Robert Bentley and Representative Martha Roby to announce the creation of the Alabama Veteran-Owned business sticker program. The stickers are made available from the efforts of Alabama Veterans Network (AlaVetNet), Military Stability Commission and the Alabama Small Business Commission.

Governors Trade Excellence Awards

Lt. Governor Kay Ivey pictured with Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield with the winners of the Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards.

Alabama exports are an engine for the State’s growth and job creation. In 2015, Alabama-made products were shipped to 188 countries with the top five destination markets including Canada, China, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom. Exports from Alabama businesses create a 19.37 billion dollar industry in our State. The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance do an exceptional job equipping Alabama businesses to export internationally. The following businesses were awarded the Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards for exporting their Alabama companies aboard:

Akers Solutions, Inc.
GATR Technologies
Life Data Labs, Inc.
Linden Lumber, LLC.
MapuSoft Technologies
MMI Outdoor, Inc.
Schreiber LLC
TriVector Services, Inc.
MapuSoft Technologies
MMI Outdoor, Inc.
Schreiber LLC
TriVector Services, Inc.

Aerospace Week

Pictured from left, Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May, NASA Astronaut Stephen Bowen, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Congressman Mo Brooks.

Alabama has a long history with the aerospace industry beginning over 100 years ago. The birth of NASA began when the Marshall Space Flight Center was created in Huntsville, Alabama. The legacy continues today in our State as we have 83,000 people employed with 400 aerospace companies that create a multi-billion dollar economic impact in Alabama.

The Aerospace Legislative Caucus hosted the Annual Aerospace Week and NASA Day to bring awareness of the impact the aerospace industry has on our State. Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May and NASA Astronaut Stephen Bowen came to educate legislators about Alabama’s part in designing and crafting the new NASA Space Flight Center to make the journey to Mars. Activities for the week included a drone demonstration by Auburn University Airport and Aviation Center on the Capital Lawn and NASA exhibits demonstrated on the roads outside the State House.

The Fort Payne Seven

Fort Payne Seven honored in Alabama Senate Chamber by Senator Steve Livingston.

The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition for students in high school. RWDC gives them the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. RWDC held their National Championship that included 27 teams from 26 states and one territory. This year’s competition focused on unmanned systems and precision agriculture through the design and implementation of an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to support agricultural efforts like the targeted and efficient application of pesticide.

The fourth-year reigning Alabama RWC champions, “The Fort Payne Seven”, from Fort Payne High School, placed second in the national challenge out of 19 teams. The team is made up of seven members that include: Reagan Anderson (Senior), Joshua Johnston (Senior), Emma Simpson (Junior), Hunter Terry (Senior), Hunter Vezertzis (Senior), Matthew Wilding (Senior), and Noah Wofford (Junior).

Senator Steve Livingston recognized and honored the “Fort Payne Seven” for their exceptional achievement on the Senate Floor during the March 10th Legislative Session.

75th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen

Pictured from left, General Mark Welsh, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Brigadier General Leon Johnson, General Norton Schwartz with the ten living Tuskegee Airmen.

On March 22, 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen became the first group of African American fighter pilots and personnel to answer the call during World War II, despite racial inequity and poverty barriers. This year marks the 75th Anniversary to celebrate the National Heroes who changed the course of our State and Nation. Ten of the living Tuskegee Airmen were present to celebrate the commemorative occasion. I was proud to present a Senate Resolution with Senator Billy Beasley honoring the Tuskegee Airmen to Brigadier General Leon Johnson, National President of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

I am grateful to the people of Alabama for entrusting me with the opportunity to serve as your Lieutenant Governor. I continue to be committed to my office and duties to carry out the business of the people of this great State. Please feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you.