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week, International Paper, one of Lawrence County's biggest employers,
announced plans to permanently close its Courtland mill. 1,100 employees
and the entire community will be impacted by the closure. While the
company and union officials will work to provide the employees with the best
severance assistance, we need our elected officials to work harder to attract
more new business to the area. Governor Bentley said over the last 2 and a half
years, they have announced more than 40,000 new jobs for the state. Nice job,
but two-thirds of those jobs are slated for the state's 15 urban counties,
defined as those with cities that have populations of 25,000 people or more.
The other third of the jobs was split among 41 rural counties of which Lawrence
County is one. The need for new business in the area is crucial for
continued economic growth in North Alabama. This is an important issue no
matter where you live in North Alabama, because losing jobs will put a drain on
our area when it comes to education and taxes.
I'm Vanessa Oubre and That's My Take, What's Your's?
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