Business Council of Alabama
The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) is a Montgomery-based 501c(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 Helena Duncan. 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 session. 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.
- Bill Canary, 2003–2018
- Katie Britt, January 2019– June 2021
- Robin Stone (interim), June 2021–December 2022
- Helena Duncan, December 2022–
- Business Council of Alabama website
- "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
- Rebman, Stephanie (June 1, 2021) "Business Council of Alabama CEO Katie Boyd Britt stepping down." Birmingham Business Journal
- Koplowitz, Howard (November 30, 2022) "Helena Duncan named Business Council of Alabama’s new president and CEO" AL.com