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May 2011

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Who’s on First in Hard Times?

Who’s on First in Hard Times?

The recession has been a tricky changeup for Alabama’s minor league baseball franchises. But a day at the ballpark is still a winner in the price-driven family entertainment game.

Back in the Game with a Splash

Back in the Game with a Splash

Former chief of Time Inc. Don Logan has set aside retirement leisure for a more active plan—taking over, from ESPN, the Alabama-born, outdoor/publishing legend BASS and—just maybe—luring it back to Alabama from the swamps of Disney.

Advocate for Alabama Cities

Advocate for Alabama Cities

Born in the Great Depression, the Alabama League of Municipalities continues to offer support for Alabama cities as they strive to overcome the challenges of the Great Recession.

Space Center’s New Captain’s New Tack

Space Center’s New Captain’s New Tack

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s new commander has a new business plan, based on sending more and more of the nation’s children (and corporate leaders) into Space Camp.

Resort Evolution

Resort Evolution

The real estate development history of Alabama’s barrier island begins in Babbitt boosterism and extends—through natural and man-made disaster—into enlightened ecotourism and preservation zoning.

Transforming Big Industry Incentives for Small Biz

Transforming Big Industry Incentives for Small Biz

New incentives allow Alabama Power Co. to give small and medium-sized businesses a break on their power bills.

Coming Soon to an Economy Near You

Coming Soon to an Economy Near You

Mannington Mills Inc., a major U.S. flooring manufacturer that would like to go viral with some good noise—about a U.S. firm that is committed to making quality products in the U.S. with U.S. workers.

Huntsville Legend Skips City Tax on a Technicality

Huntsville Legend Skips City Tax on a Technicality

The Alabama Supreme Court, in April, gave Huntsville missile defense contractor Colsa Corp. a pass on $932,934 in city of Huntsville use taxes.

Big Retailers Loom Large As Tax Avoiders

Big Retailers Loom Large As Tax Avoiders

In the wake of nationwide budget cuts, a national movement decrying corporate tax avoiders has arisen, with GE as their poster child.

Luring Conventions to the Magic City

Luring Conventions to the Magic City

A new Westin hotel will anchor an entertainment complex that Birmingham hopes will put it on the map for large conventions.

Alabama’s Favorite Mayors

Alabama’s Favorite Mayors

Elections being most fundamentally a test of popularity, meet nine mayors who are at the top of the list of Alabama’s favorite city leaders.

Alabama's Best - And First Cut

Alabama's Best - And First Cut

First and deepest cuts in the state budget went to what are clearly some of the state’s best resources—the natural kind. As an exercise in remembering who we are, take a look again at Alabama’s most popular 10 parks and natural destinations.