Buddy Palmer to be arts alliance director in Alabama
Buddy Palmer, former director of the Acadiana Arts Council has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. The independent non-profit is a four year old organization. Palmer will be the second director. The mission of the Cultural Alliance is very similar to the AAC, says Palmer. The umbrella organization’s goal is to support the work of arts and cultural organizations and professional working artists in the region. Currently the organization is smaller than the AAC, Palmer will bring the staff up to three. “For me, it’s a great opportunity to build the organization and set the direction,” he says. “Hopefully, it will have an impact on the entire community.” He begins his work at the start of September.
Birmingham is bustling these days. The steel town of over a million residents is in the process of a downtown revitalization, with loft developments, plans for a cultural entertainment center, and a three-part parks project. “One of the three will be bigger than Central Park,” Palmer says. “Birmingham will be the greenest city in the United States.” Along with the move to a bigger city, Palmer says he is happy to be closer to his family. He’ll be 90 miles from his home town of Selma, and living in the same city as three young grandchildren. “That’s going to be fun,” he says.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.