Gov. Kay Ivey tours Florence on "Listen, Learn, Help & Lead" tour

Governor hoping to build stronger workforce

FLORENCE, Ala. - Listen, Learn, Help and Lead is the slogan Gov. Kay Ivey is following as she travels North Alabama.

The Governor was out in communities getting an idea of citizens wants and needs.

She visited Florence, where she toured a few multi-million dollar projects.

In Florence one of the city's largest projects is the construction of the new Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.

It was the first stop on Governor Kay Ivey's tour.

Gov. Ivey said, "I'm hear to see and to listen. Now that we've steadied the ship. It's time that we steer the ship. So what direction should we go in. What's working, what's not working?"

She visited UNA's downtown Florence location.

It is home to the Human Environmental Sciences building, with a culinary arts program in the works.

She wrapped up with a roundtable discussion at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce.

"This whole area is committed to workforce development," said Gov. Ivey. 

Governor Ivey is hoping to build stronger education systems and training to create a stronger workforce, which translates into jobs.

"It's imperative that we have affective training for our workforce. So that we can attract new jobs and create more employment opportunities," said Ivey. 

Small business owner Mike Budler said, "I think it's fantastic. Florence is one of the best hidden secrets in Northwest Alabama."

Budler is excited to see state leaders looking to bring economic growth to his town.

"You look at your restaurants, you look at your motels and everyone else. The more you can fill them up and pack them out is better for everyone in this entire area," said Budler. 


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