Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is celebrating her first year in office.
Among her biggest accomplishments, Governor Ivey counts the creation of 13,000 new jobs in Alabama. 4,000 of those will be at the Mazda-Toyota plant in Limestone County. The joint venture made the announcement it had picked the Alabama site in January.
Mazda and Toyota officially formed their joint venture in August of 2017 just a few months after the resignation of Governor Robert Bentley put Ivey in the Governor’s office.
Bentley resigned in a swirl of controversy related to his affair with advisor Rebekah Mason.
Governor Ivey says she takes pride is several other accomplishments. She points to the lowest unemployment rate in Alabama’s history. Ivey’s re-election campaign also brags on $6 billion in new business investment.
During her first year in office, Ivey has also banned lobbyists from executive branch appointments.
Governor Ivey says she’s proud of record funding for pre-K education.
The governor has also established an Opioid overdose and addiction council.