Hearing of new jobs coming to West Alabama is some much needed good news during this hard time.  Today, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey gave a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant to the city of Vernon in Lamar County.  The grant, issued by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, is provided from money given to our state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The grant will be used to renovate a former manufacturing facility in Vernon.  This facility will house new businesses, including the Bama-Bio Tech Corporation, which produces hand sanitizer.  There is definitely a need for more of that product right now.  This and other new businesses should bring an estimated 100 jobs to Vernon.

Governor Ivey stated that “everyone benefits when we help develop new businesses which create new jobs and can serve to attract other businesses to an area.  I am pleased to assist the city of Vernon in its efforts to create new jobs and build a stronger business community.”

Kenneth Boswell, Director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs stated, “ADECA shares Gov. Ivey’s dedication to creating more jobs in Alabama, especially through locally produced businesses.  Our partnerships with Vernon and other cities throughout the state are seeding growth and job creation.”