Huntsville-based AIDS Action Coalition CEO Mary Elizabeth Marr named to federal AIDS policy board

Mary Elizabeth Marr crop.jpgAIDS Action Coalition CEO Mary Elizabeth Marr (file photo) 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Mary Elizabeth Marr, CEO of the Huntsville-based AIDS Action Coalition, has been elected to serve as a member of the group that oversees the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership.

The Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, FAPP, is a national coalition of nearly 200 local, regional, and national organizations advocating for progressive federal HIV/AIDS legislation and policy, according to a coalition news release.

Marr has worked in the AIDS arena since 1992, while she was working for the American Red Cross as their Health Educator. She was awarded Educator of the Year by the AIDS Task Force of Alabama in 1998. During that time she was also on the board of directors of the AIDS Action Coalition.

She became the director of the AIDS Action Coalition/Davis Clinic in January 1999. Under Marr’s leadership the AIDS Action Coalition’s annual budget has grown from $500,000 to $4.2 million. Her efforts have also led to expanded clinical care, Centers for Disease Control grant-targeting for African Americans, expanded testing, recently added housing and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funding.

Marr received a degree in Education from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. and she has three children, Chet, Christian and Morgan.

She has been selected to be one of 13 at-large members on FAPP’s Convening Group which manages the partnership. The Convening Group holds monthly telephone meetings and meets quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Much of FAPP’s policy and advocacy work is done through its working groups, according to the news release, and the groups include: AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, Global AIDS Roundtable, HIV Health Care Access Working Group, HIV Housing Working Group, HIV Prevention Action Committee, Research Working Group, and Ryan White Work Group.

The non-profit AIDS Action Coalition began offering support to people living with HIV and AIDS in 1988 and it opened Joe Davis Clinic in 1992. The coalition’s stated mission is to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the 12 counties of North Alabama and care for people and families living with the disease.

Updated at 11:02 to include Marr background information.

Article source: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/12/aids_action_coalition_ceo_mary.html

Alabama should know Friday if $10 billion Boeing plant is still a possibility

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Alabama will know Friday if it’s still in the running for a
$10 billion Boeing production plant or if the company will decide to keep the
777X in Washington state.

That answer will come following a Jan. 3 vote among union
members in the state. That vote, according to machinists union officials, will
be the last time the contract offer will be presented to rank-and-file
members.

“This vote will be the final vote on this proposed contract,”
Tom Buffenbarger, international president of the Machinists union, wrote in a
letter posted to IAM’s website.
“The
membership deserves to have the final say.”

Previous contract rejections led Boeing to begin the search
for a new home for the 777X and Alabama is among 22 states that submitted proposals for the project. Buffenbarger shot down rumors Boeing’s search was a leverage move to
pressure union members.

“Some may believe this is a “fake” play by the company,” he
said. “Your union, based upon information that indicates otherwise, must take
the threat seriously. Given the legalities of the (search) process and the fact
that several states have tended serious offers and incentive packages to the
company, the timeline for the Puget Sound area is expiring.”

Buffenbarger has not said he supported passage of the
contract but said the company’s most recent offer included $1 billion in
improvements from the one union members rejected on a 2-to-1 vote in November.

“I believe this
represents a ‘significant’ improvement worthy of the membership’s
consideration,” he said.

The national union forced the vote among members despite
objections from local District 751 leaders. The local leaders maintain the contract is bad for current
and future machinists.

“Due to the massive takeaways, your District 751 leadership
is united with a recommendation that you reject this proposal. You need to look
at the facts of the economic destruction you would have to live under for the
next 11 years, without any opportunity to change any provisions of the contract,”
the local chapter wrote on their website.

The results of the vote will be announced Friday by District
751 President Tom Wroblewski. Polls will close 8 p.m. CST.

While Washington state officials await the results of Friday’s
vote, the other states vying for Boeing continue to work to land the aerospace
company. Here’s a look at some of what’s being done:

Bloomberg

Boeing 777X exit threat leaves Washington facing bond-rating cut

Milwaukee Business Journal

Who’s in, who’s out on the Boeing 777x
factory

Los Angeles Times

California House members lobby Boeing for 777X plant

St. Louis Public Radio

Amid nationwide scramble, Missouri seeks to stand out to nab
Boeing’s 777X

Des Moines Register

Quad Cities officials looking to bid for Boeing facility

Orange County Register

Long Beach still in mix for Boeing program

Article source: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/12/alabama_should_know_friday_if.html

‘Sleepy’ Huntsville’s bevy of aerospace talent may help it land Boeing 777X: Seattle’s take on Alabama bid

Huntsville, according to Seattle Times reporter Kyung M.
Song, is a cheap – and sleepy – little town.

“You can park in a garage downtown for 35 minutes for a
quarter,” Song wrote. But it is Huntsville’s highly educated workforce that
caught Song’s attention and puts Alabama in line to land Boeing’s new $10
billion 777X production plant.

“This small city has one of the highest concentrations of
engineers in the nation. If a stranger in a bar tells you he’s a rocket
scientist, you’ve just met one,” Song wrote.

The Seattle Times is doing a series of stories comparing
some of the sites that are presumably under consideration for the plant.
Huntsville was the focus of a Wednesday night story.

The Seattle Times lists several positives for the city,
including a deep pool of aerospace talent and good engineering school at the
University of Alabama in Huntsville; low taxes and cost of living;
right-to-work state with little union presence; and enough land for the 777X.

It lists several negatives, too, including: little existing
state money for incentives and lack of direct access to a seaport. That lack of
a seaport is Huntsville’s “main drawback,” according to Song, as Boeing listed
that as a “desired feature” for any future 777X home.

Boeing began shopping around for a new home for the 777X after the machinists union rejected a contract offer. The union maintains Washington state is the best place for Boeing to build the next-generation jetliner.

You can read the full Seattle Times article here.

Article source: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/12/sleepy_huntsvilles_bevy_of_aer.html

Chief of Naval Operations: Sequestration will not affect Austal’s existing LCS and JHSV contracts


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Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle (L) and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Johnathan Greenert, discuss sequestration and how it will affect Austal’s Mobile shipyard, Feb. 22, 2013 in Mobile, Ala. (al.com/ Ellen Mitchell)


 

MOBILE, Alabama — Sequestration cuts will not affect Austal USA’s 10-ship, $1.6 billion joint high-speed vessel contract with the U.S. Navy, nor will it affect its contract to build five 127-meter littoral combat ships, according to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Johnathan Greenert.

During a tour of the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile today, Greenert said sequestration cuts will not affect projects that are already under contract, including Austal’s JHSV and LCS Navy deals.

“Sequestration will impact every single program; it requires a cut in every budget line,” Greenert said. “However, all those ships here that are under contract will not be affected, but we’ll have to move some money within the program line.”

Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle said Austal is optimistic that it’s providing a low cost
solution to the Navy, and does not expect any job cuts from
sequestration in regards to Austal’s existing Navy contracts.

“All
of our focus right now is delivering a great quality product to our
customer and that’s what we can control,” he said. “We’re confident,
based on the feedback that we’re getting from our customer, that we’re
stable on the contracts we have going forward.”

Standing alongside Perciavalle, Greenert addressed sequestration concerns, recent LCS criticisms and the future of the Navy’s partnership with Austal.

In a Bloomberg article released this week, critics inside the Navy referred to the LCS as the “Little Crappy Ship.” The article also discussed the debate over how vulnerable the LCS may be to attack, and cited numerous problems with the newly built vessels, including a six-inch crack in the hull of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s USS Freedom that had to be repaired, and “aggressive” corrosion in the propulsion area of Austal’s USS Independence.

Greenert said despite the LCS coming under fire recently for its design and cost, he’s looking forward to the Navy’s use of the ship.

“The Freedom and the Independence have proven their worth for the design of the ship,” he said. “Some folks felt that the ship should be used for missions or for capabilities which it frankly will not do. Some folks will put it in a situation and say ‘it’s not made for this, it won’t do well in this.’ I would acknowledge that.”

Greenert went on to say that the Navy has intentions to operate the ship in conjunction with other, larger ships, so he’s very optimistic that the ship will do well.

Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Maryland and Austal Ltd., based in Henderson, Australia, build two separate versions of the LCS. The dual sets of ships were meant to get them built faster, at a rate of four a year rather than two a year.

Lockheed makes a steel-bodied version in partnership with Marinette Marine Corp., at Marinette’s yard in Marinette, Wis., while Austal makes an aluminum version in partnership with Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics Corp. under a 10-ship, $3.5 billion contract. The estimated price to build each LCS is $440 million.

The LCS is intended to perform missions such as destroying mines, hunting submarines, interdicting drugs and providing humanitarian relief.

“As a customer, I’m here to check out the wares that we buy,” Greenert said of his shipyard tour. “I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen. Perhaps more importantly, they’ve got a lot of capacity for future building.”

Article source: http://blog.al.com/press-register-business/2013/02/chief_of_naval_operations_sequ.html

Alabama State Port Authority: Shipping report for Feb 24


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The MSC LAURA docks at APM Terminals Mobile, June 4, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. (Photo courtesy of the Alabama State Port Authority)


 

MOBILE, Alabama — The Alabama State Port Authority provides its weekly port activity report, including ship departures and arrivals for the next week.

Departure and arrival dates, vessel name, berth, destination and cargo are provided below. Look for the report here on al.com each Sunday.

Arrivals:

Feb. 23: OSTENDE MAX; ASD MCDUFFIE 2; NEW ORLEANS; BULK CARGO

Feb. 23: INTERLINK ACUITY; ASD PIER SOUTH D 1; ORANJESTAD, AW; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 24: STAR EAGLE; ASD PIER 2 – CONTAINER BERTH; PANAMA CITY; GENERAL CARGO

Feb 24: AM CONTRECOEUR; ASD MCDUFFIE 2; SWINOUJSCIE, PL; BULK CARGO

Feb 24: MSC JORDAN; APM TERMINALS MOBILE; ANTWERP, BE; CONTAINER

Feb. 24: MSC BARCELONA; APM TERMINALS MOBILE; ANTWERP, BE; CONTAINER

Feb. 24: LIJUN C; ASD SOUTH B 2; KINGSTON, JM; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 25: BBC ROMANIA; ASD PIER 5; HOUSTON; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 25: LETO; ASD MCDUFFIE; IMMINGHAM, GB; BULK CARGO

Feb. 25: SPIEGELGRACHT; ASD RIVER END C; ORANJESTAD, AW; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 26: BANDA SEA; ASD RAIL FERRY RAMP; COATZACOALCOS, MX; RAIL

Feb. 26: OCEAN BEAUTY; ASD NORTH A 2; NEW ORLEANS; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 26: STELLA BECRUX; ASD MCDUFFIE 2; CONSTANTZA, RO; BULK CARGO

Feb. 26: THOR; ASD PINTO ISLAND; UNKNOWN, US; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 26: SEA-LAND EAGLE; APM TERMINALS MOBILE; MIAMI; CONTAINER

Feb. 26: MALTE B; ASD PIER 5; ORANJESTAD, AW; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 27: STAR EPSILON; ASD NORTH A 2; GENERAL CARGO

Feb. 27: MARITIME SUZANNE; ASD LIQUID BULK TERMINAL ; NEW ORLEANS; BULK CARGO

Feb. 27: LATMAR; ASD NORTH A 2; BROWNSVILLE-CAMERON COUNTY; GENERAL CARGO

March 1: ALBION BAY; ASD PIER 2 – CONTAINER BERTH; HOUSTON; GENERAL CARGO

March 1: CMA CGM NEW JERSEY; APM TERMINALS MOBILE; MIAMI; CONTAINER

Article source: http://blog.al.com/press-register-business/2013/02/alabama_state_port_authority_s.html

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Books-A-Million sees dollars in ducks, will sell "Duck Dynasty" merchandise


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The Duck Commander display that will be installed in Books-A-Million stores. (Special)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Things are just ducky at Birmingham-based Books-A-Million Inc.

The bookstore chain today announced that its stores will sell more than 40 items from Duck Commander, the line of goods associated with the popular reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”

Camo store displays will be stocked with DVDs, books, t-shirts, hats, key chains and other novelties. The displays also will include duck calls, the product that made the extended Robertson family wealthy and ultimately got them on television.

The show, which is AE’s highest-rated program, follows the antics of the unconventional Louisiana family and its business. The show’s popularity led to the extended Duck Commander product line. On the Duck Commander website duck calls range in price from $24.95 to $179.95.

Jeff Skipper, Books-A-Million vice president of marketing, said the push to sell Duck Commander merchandise is in response to explosive demand.

“We saw a tremendous amount of interest in all things “Duck” during the holiday selling season,” he said in a prepared statement. “Our team made the decision to create a custom, in-store display so that we could give our customers a one-stop-shop for all their favorite Duck Commander gear.”

The displays will be installed in all Books-A-Million stores before the television show begins its third season on Wednesday, the company said.

Article source: http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2013/02/books-a-million_sees_dollars_i.html

Friday recap: The week’s Alabama business news in review

Alabama business news you may have missed this week:

J.D. Power and Associates releases its 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study.

Best Buy to extend its price matching guarantee to major online competitors.

Communications experts dissect Carnival Cruise Lines’ response to the Triumph debacle.

Vulcan Materials begins blasting on Gurley Mountain.

A Montgomery auto dealer is named vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

The Department of Defense considers an alternative to sequestration that would reduce civilian employees’ pay and hours by 20 percent.

HealthSouth saw a 6.7 percent increase in full-year revenue in 2012, generating $2.16 billion in business over the 12-month period.

Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex eagerly awaits the addition of new tenant Airbus.

Work begins on the new Birmingham School of Law.

Investors with Audley Capital Advisors accuse Walter Energy’s leaders of having mismanaged the company.

International Shipholding is preparing a $25 million stock offering.

Lesley McClure, regional executive at the Atlanta Fed’s Birmingham Branch, sees strength in the state’s auto industry.

Alabama’s brewing industry has doubled in size each of the last three years, a new report shows.

AirWalk, a new extreme trampoline arena in metro Birmingham, draws thousands.

Office Depot is set to acquire OfficeMax, a move that may accelerate the closing or selling of stores. The retailers have a combined 32 stores in Alabama.

Alabama’s second annual sales tax holiday for severe weather gear kicks off Friday.

Walmart plans to hire 175 people for two of its Neighborhood Markets opening in Decatur and Florence.

How many engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Huntsville is celebrating National Engineers Week.

The Mobile Boat Show kicks off Friday as optimism is again running high in the marine manufacturing industry.

Alabama’s economy supports slightly fewer jobs than it did at the start of 2000. But non-manufacturing jobs have increased.

BAE Systems Ship Repair in Mobile will avoid layoffs.

First Watch, a Bradenton, Fla.-based restaurant chain, is headed for Birmingham.

Winn-Dixie is moving into a space in Inverness Corners vacated by Bruno’s market.

There was a leadership shuffle at Mobile’s White-Spunner Construction Inc.

Express Oil Change Service Center, a Birmingham-based company with operations in 12 states, acquires Tire Engineers.

Ignite Fitness, a Crossfit affiliate, is expanding in Vestavia Hills.

Cahaba Brewing and Hop City unite to make beer backing home brewing law.

Mercedes plant gets a new boss, but it’s a familiar face.

Knology buyer Wow! investing and rebranding in North Alabama.

Divided Birmingham Water Works Board approves $145 million bond deal.

Airbus plant, along with expanding training and infrastructure programs, cited as progress for Accelerate Alabama.

Regions CEO Hall to assume chairmanship in May.


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Huntsville-based AIDS Action Coalition CEO Mary Elizabeth Marr named to federal AIDS policy board

Mary Elizabeth Marr crop.jpgAIDS Action Coalition CEO Mary Elizabeth Marr (file photo) 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Mary Elizabeth Marr, CEO of the Huntsville-based AIDS Action Coalition, has been elected to serve as a member of the group that oversees the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership.

The Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, FAPP, is a national coalition of nearly 200 local, regional, and national organizations advocating for progressive federal HIV/AIDS legislation and policy, according to a coalition news release.

Marr has worked in the AIDS arena since 1992, while she was working for the American Red Cross as their Health Educator. She was awarded Educator of the Year by the AIDS Task Force of Alabama in 1998. During that time she was also on the board of directors of the AIDS Action Coalition.

She became the director of the AIDS Action Coalition/Davis Clinic in January 1999. Under Marr’s leadership the AIDS Action Coalition’s annual budget has grown from $500,000 to $4.2 million. Her efforts have also led to expanded clinical care, Centers for Disease Control grant-targeting for African Americans, expanded testing, recently added housing and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funding.

Marr received a degree in Education from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. and she has three children, Chet, Christian and Morgan.

She has been selected to be one of 13 at-large members on FAPP’s Convening Group which manages the partnership. The Convening Group holds monthly telephone meetings and meets quarterly in Washington, D.C.

Much of FAPP’s policy and advocacy work is done through its working groups, according to the news release, and the groups include: AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, Global AIDS Roundtable, HIV Health Care Access Working Group, HIV Housing Working Group, HIV Prevention Action Committee, Research Working Group, and Ryan White Work Group.

The non-profit AIDS Action Coalition began offering support to people living with HIV and AIDS in 1988 and it opened Joe Davis Clinic in 1992. The coalition’s stated mission is to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the 12 counties of North Alabama and care for people and families living with the disease.

Updated at 11:02 to include Marr background information.

Article source: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/12/aids_action_coalition_ceo_mary.html