Ivey to visit Bush Hog on Friday

Published 8:55 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will be in Selma Friday for a stop on her “Listen, Learn, Help and Lead Tour.”

Ivey will tour Bush Hog Friday morning and take part in a roundtable discussion with business and community leaders at the Selma and Dallas County Centre for Commerce.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our city,” said Sheryl Smedley, executive director for the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited to showcase Selma and Dallas County and share with her all of the positives that are taking place in our city, as well as what we have planned for the future.”

So far, Ivey has made stops in Jasper, Dothan, Auburn, Florence, Mobile, Montgomery and Huntsville. The tour is designed to help Ivey learn the needs of communities throughout the state, according to Daniel Sparkman, Ivey’s press secretary.

“Of course, Gov. Ivey is from Camden, so she has connections in the Black Belt, and she’s interested to meet and find out what’s going on and what some of the needs are,” Smedley said.

Smedley said she and Wayne Vardaman, executive director for the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority, have been working over the last few weeks to put together the roundtable discussion.

“I appreciate any input and assistance that she may be able to offer in the future,” Smedley said. “She wanted a real small roundtable. We’ve got banking, agricultural, education, utilities, industry.”

“Governor Ivey is seeking to find the successes and challenges of local communities, items that she can help with in the short term and issues that may need to be tackled during the legislative session,” Sparkman said.