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Alabama Community Bank Performances

Alabama-based banks with assets under $1 billion, ranked by total assets 2012

Flashback: Resort Revenue Nightmare

Flashback: Resort Revenue Nightmare

Country Store Revival

Country Store Revival

On a vanishing frontier, two partners plunge into business and times past — out Highway 28, where log trucks grind to a halt for rag bologna, pig’s feet, hoop cheese and caramel cakes.

Small Bank Competitiveness Following Financial Reforms

Small Bank Competitiveness Following Financial Reforms

Community banks carry a disproportionate cost of new regulations, while facing slow growth in small business’ appetite for loans. But they’re confident of their competitive edge in customer relations.

Summer Camp Re-Imagined

Summer Camp Re-Imagined

Supported by construction and design firms across the state, a $10.5 million expansion is under way in “God’s backyard” — the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama’s Camp McDowell, in Winston County.

Career Notes, March 2014

Career Notes, March 2014

Who's moving up?

Calling Alabama Home

Calling Alabama Home

In recent years, Alabama has racked up an impressive roster of companies relocating their headquarters here. There’s a variety of reasons, but common to all are some native advantages.

Alabama’s Showcase Rooms

Alabama’s Showcase Rooms

State’s largest hotel company is also Alabama-centric. That could be seen as a disadvantage compared to the performance of gangbusters New York City. But it’s a big advantage in capital support and long-term investment in Alabama’s image.

A Cool Place to Work

A Cool Place to Work

A pillar of the Shoals industrial community, MSCO celebrated its 80th birthday by renovating a historic landmark — the crown jewel in downtown Florence.

Dealing with Wall Street Fallout

Dealing with Wall Street Fallout

The Alabama Bankers Association assists commercial banks, small and large, with a watershed of regulations occasioned by freewheeling investment banks.

The Crimson Bubble

The Crimson Bubble

The city of Tuscaloosa steps in to dam a flood tide of new student housing. Planners and property owners see a bubble fueled by short-term, private equity investors.

Movers & Shapers, March 2014

Movers & Shapers, March 2014

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

Building for Building Planes

Building for Building Planes

Birmingham’s Hoar Program Management is overseeing the construction of the first U.S. assembly plant for European commercial air giant Airbus. Even as the first steel rises, it’s all about building airplanes.

Once More, With Feeling

Once More, With Feeling

Regulars at annual Economic Outlook 2014 Conference are again optimistic, but say this time you should believe them.

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

Company Kudos, March 2014

Company Kudos, March 2014

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Alabama Coast Basks in a Rebound

Alabama Coast Basks in a Rebound

Coastal tourism hopes for fourth-in-a-row record setting year in 2014. Condo sales reflect the maturing market.

Lucy Buffett's Latest

Lucy Buffett's Latest

A restaurant that changes by the minute — Lucy B Goode

The Road to Alabama’s Biggest Command Post

The Road to Alabama’s Biggest Command Post

Growing up among millworkers in a textile town in western Virginia, Dennis Via didn’t have an inkling of his current command — overseeing 68,000 soldiers and civilian workers from his Army headquarters in Huntsville.

Record Hunk of Cargo

Record Hunk of Cargo

Size of Raindrops Forecasts Weather

Size of Raindrops Forecasts Weather

Husky Year for Corn; Cotton Thin

Husky Year for Corn; Cotton Thin

ServisFirst Gets Some Sand In Its Shoes

ServisFirst Gets Some Sand In Its Shoes

Mobile’s LPGA Event Lands Airbus

Mobile’s LPGA Event Lands Airbus

Ranks and Ratings

Ranks and Ratings

Mark Your Global Calendar

Mark Your Global Calendar

Alabama Insider Trades, March 2014

Stock transactions by insiders of Alabama's public companies