Paycheck Protection Program Roll Out- Loan Period starts 4/3/20

The 2.2 trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus bill signed last week included $349 billion for a new small business loan program. The program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, is eligible for small businesses with 500 or fewer employees. The program will provide loans that can be up to 2.5 times…

April 1, 2020

Concrete Truck Driver tests positive for COVID-19

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a concrete truck driver in Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the driver and his family during this stressful time. Our drivers are the front line of our industry, and it is…

March 30, 2020

Gov. Ivey releases New Guidelines for the State

Gov. Kay Ivey is ordering several types of “non-essential” businesses to be closed until April 17 as the state expands its efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Saturday at 5 p.m. all non-work related gatherings of 10 people or more, or non-work related gatherings of any…

March 27, 2020

Conoravirus Response Act Resources and NRMCA Guidelines to Protect Drivers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes two employment-related components – the Emergency Family and Medical Expansion Leave Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. This federal legislation takes effect April 1, 2020. It expires on Dec. 31, 2020.    The Department of Labor has created a web page…

March 26, 2020

Gov . Ivey signs Executive Order on COVID-19 Crisis

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, along with the Alabama Department of Public Health, issued a health order Thursday. March 19, 2020, that puts statewide restrictions on restaurants, hospital visitors, day cares, beaches and more. The following will be in effect until April 5: All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or…

March 19, 2020

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending March 13th

11th & 12th legislative days First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Alabama Alabama’s first case of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was confirmed in a Montgomery County man on Friday. Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the state’s first confirmed case was found in an adult male patient who had…

March 16, 2020

Annual Business Meeting Postponed

2020 Annual Business Meeting Postponed Due to the growing concerns of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), our 2020 Annual Business Meeting has been postponed. As soon as a new date has been set, we will let you know. Please continue to be diligent as this news changes daily, and stay safe and well….

March 16, 2020

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending March 6th

Super Tuesday in Alabama On Tuesday, over 1.1 million Alabamians, 33.25% of registered voters, went to the polls to vote in the Super Tuesday primary. There were several notable elections in the state, including the race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was named U.S….

March 9, 2020

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending February 28

Legislative Days 7 and 8 Final approval given on bill to limit occupational taxes After approximately three hours of debate, the Senate gave final approval to HB 147 by Rep. Chris Sells (R – Greenville) on Thursday. Currently, cities can pass an occupational tax with a majority vote of the…

March 2, 2020

Trendlines Monthly Statewide Construction Data- February

Data recently released by the United States Geological Service show 99,834 tons of cement were shipped to the state during November 2019. The November total, is a 14% increase over the same period in 2018. Comparing October 2019 and November 2019, the state experienced a contraction of approximately 9%. Also…

February 28, 2020

Goat HillReport-Week Ending February 21, 2020

5th & 6th legislative days The Alabama Legislature has now met for 6 of the possible 30 days during the session. The House has seen the introduction of 310 bills to date, and the Senate 225. Three of the bills introduced so far have dominated the halls and newspaper headlines…

February 24, 2020

When Old meets New

One of our favorite ways to recognize unique and interesting projects is by awarding architect firms with the Top Block Award, which is given to a project of distinguished design whose primary building material is concrete block. ArchitectureWorks received the first award of 2020 for their design of Highlands School…

February 20, 2020

Goat Hill Report- Week ending Feb. 14, 2020

3rd & 4th legislative days House approves bill to limit local authority On Tuesday, HB 147 by Rep. Chris Sells (R – Greenville), which would prevent municipalities from passing an occupational tax except through local legislation, was approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 73 – 27….

February 17, 2020

When Business is Family

Some businesses just give off a good vibe; one where you can ‘sense’ that the employees are truly family, biological or not. That’s the feeling of Shelby Concrete. Fifty-three years ago, Barney Lee Knox Jr. started a company that has been in the family for three generations. In 1967, Knox…

February 12, 2020

Goat Hill Report- Week Ending February 7th, 2020

We ask you to consider attending the Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 12th, which is being sponsored by the ACIA and the Alabama Homebuilders Association. The reception will be held at the Alabama Archives Building from 5 -7pm. REGISTER HERE Governor Ivey Spells Out Top Issues in State of the…

February 10, 2020