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Top News Links: Tuesday, March 21

Alabama, other states submit infrastructure wish lists

Governors and transportation officials along the Gulf Coast are asking the federal government to help foot the bill for billions of dollars worth of projects that would expand bridges, widen highways and even build ferries to boost the region's economy. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were among the states to recently submit infrastructure projects to the White House. – Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama Small Business Development Center has big impact

The Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is being recognized this week for its role in helping thousands of small businesses in Alabama, as part of national “SBDC Day” to share the impact SBDCs have in communities across the country. – Made In Alabama

ServisFirst raises quarterly cash dividend 25 percent

At a meeting held on March 20, 2017, the board of ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. raised the company's quarterly cash dividend to $0.05 per share, an increase of 25 percent.  The dividend is payable on April 14, 2017 to stockholders of record as of April 4, 2017. – News release

Massive jobs fair happening today in Huntsville

Thousands of jobs will be up for grabs Tuesday in Huntsville during a regional job fair hosted by the Alabama Department of Labor. Spokeswoman Tara Hutchison said approximately 160 employers with more than 4,000 jobs will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Von Braun Center. The job fair is free and open to the public, but residents must register prior to the hiring event. – AL.com

Board picks hotels veteran David Clark to lead Visit Mobile

Five months after the resignation of Visit Mobile director Al Hutchison, the board of the city's convention and visitors bureau has announced David Clark as his replacement. According the board, a national search zeroed in on a candidate with extensive background in coastal Alabama. – AL.com

Latest debate of state’s district lines begins

Alabama Democrats last week filed their proposals to redraw the state’s House and Senate district maps to address a January court ruling that struck down 12 legislative districts due to improper use of race in their construction. “This is the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus’ proposal,” said Rep. John Knight, D-Montgomery, the sponsor of the House bill. “If they’ve got better ideas, different ideas, let’s start the process of drawing constitutional districts.” – Montgomery Advertiser

Country Crossing developer Gilley out of jail, back in business

In a lot of ways, it's the same Ronnie Gilley. The self-confidence is still there. The big dreams and optimism. But if you pay attention, you notice some differences. Gilley speaks a little cautiously these days, choosing his words carefully. He's more humble, and his humor more self-deprecating. – AP/Dothan Eagle/USNWR

Lear Corp. working on vehicle-directing communications gear

Lear Corp. is partnering with Wyoming to enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication in the state. The seating and electronics supplier, which has operations in Alabama, said on Monday that it will be the only company working with the Wyoming Department of Transportation on the project. – Automotive News

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