More than $319 million in announced investment and 1,514 announced new jobs among existing businesses celebrated on Success Starts Here Tour


2016 tour highlighted significant developments for area companies in IT and health care sectors 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Today the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce held its seventh annual Success Starts Here bus tour, which recognizes expanding industries that have made significant investments year-to-date. The $319,714,799 in investments and 1,514 new jobs these industries have announced have helped secure 18,577 existing local jobs.

“The purpose of the Montgomery Chamber’s Success Starts Here tour is to thank our existing industries for contributing to our economic prosperity,” said Montgomery Chamber Board Chairman A. Bruce Crawford. “These companies are creating jobs, driving innovation and expanding opportunities in our community.”

Success Starts Here attendees included elected officials, community business leaders and local media. Following a news conference at the Montgomery Chamber, attendees boarded a bus to travel to the three existing industries highlighted on the 2016 tour: Alfa Companies, Baptist Health and Jackson Hospital. The three companies were selected not only because they have expanded, but also because they are making innovations in IT and health care.

“Today we congratulate these companies for what they’ve achieved and we offer our continued support in the future,” said Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton N. Dean Sr. “When you see this kind of success in a community you know there’s teamwork behind the scenes and that’s certainly the case in the River Region. With our city, county and business leaders continuing to work together there’s no limit to what we can achieve.”

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange added, “The fact that year after year we’re able to have an event like this shows that Montgomery just keeps moving forward. It’s always exciting when we announce new industries, but what is just as exciting is that time and time again we find ourselves announcing the growth and expansion of our existing industries.”

At each stop on the tour company officials announced economic successes of 2016. Alfa Companies announced $100 million in investments. Baptist Health announced $17 million in investments and 270 new jobs, and Jackson Hospital announced $6.65 million in investments and 50 new jobs.

Committed to exceptional service, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce works to improve the economic well-being of the business community and enhance the quality of life of the area through the creation and preservation of jobs.


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