Business Council of Alabama
The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) is a Montgomery-based 501(c)6 business lobby and economic development group founded on November 1, 1985 by merger of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Alabama.
The BCA is headed by CEO Bill Canary. Its political action committee is the ProgressPAC. In 2013 the BCA launched a separate Business and Education Alliance (BEA) to counter the influence of the Alabama Education Association.
The BCA failed to accomplish its major goals for the 2017 Alabama legislative season. In 2018 major employers Alabama Power Company, Regions Bank and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama withdrew from the council, forcing a change in leadership. Once the council reorganized with a new executive committee, those companies rejoined.
- "Alabama Power withdraws from Business Council of Alabama." (June 18, 2018) Birmingham Business Journal
- Gore, Leada (June 20, 2018) "Business Council of Alabama: What is BCA? Who is Bill Canary? Why does Alabama Power exit matter?" The Birmingham News
- Thornton, William (August 15, 2018) "Regions, Alabama Power back in Business Council of Alabama." The Birmingham News