By Gary Lloyd
TRUSSVILLE — Trussville’s Zeke Smith, Alabama Power’s executive vice president for external affairs, was recently appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to serve as chair of the Alabama Workforce Council.
The advisory group will formulate policies, develop innovative educational workforce programming and discuss issues critical to the workforce development needs in Alabama.
“It is important there is an open dialogue between industry and education,” Smith said. “I’m optimistic the council will make a difference helping our educational leaders develop a robust workforce that can step right in and fill the needs of industry and business.”
The idea for the Alabama Workforce Council came from the Bentley’s College and Career Ready Task Force, a group of education, business and industry leaders who collaborated on addressing the challenges of producing a skilled workforce that can appeal to new and existing companies today and in to the future.
In other business news, Casey Mann had a ribbon cutting for his State Farm office in Trussville earlier this month.
In other area business news, Alabama Youth Homes merged with King’s Home on April 15. King’s Home was formerly The King’s Ranch and Hannah Homes. King’s Home will now operate 22 Christ-centered homes in three Birmingham metro counties, where every resident has been rendered homeless because of the effects of abuse, domestic violence or neglect.
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