The Business Council of Alabama's annual Governmental Affairs Conference, BCA 2019, is August 9-11 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. The conference will begin on Friday evening and conclude Sunday morning.


This annual conference, which routinely attracts more than 500 guests, is always a favorite summertime gathering for lawmakers, business leaders and governmental affairs professionals. The weekend provides a unique networking opportunity to discuss politics and policy with friends and colleagues in a beautiful, informal and relaxed setting.



Presented by Alabama Power, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, PowerSouth Energy, and Regions Financial Corporation

FRIDAY 8.9.19

9:00 a.m.

Conference Registration Opens - Conference Center Lobby

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Executive Committee Meeting - Magnolia 2

11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

ProgressPAC Board Meeting - Beachside Room

Lunch on your own

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

BCA Board Meeting - Azalea Ballroom

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent BCA Policy Committee Meetings


Education and Workforce Development – Magnolia 6

With Nick Moore, Education Policy Advisor and Coordinator, Office of Governor Kay Ivey


Environment and Energy – Lagoon Room (Main Building, 2nd floor)

With EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary Walker


Federal Affairs – Magnolia 1
With Mike Ward, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and Jonathan Pettus, Dynetics


Health – Magnolia 7

With Rep. Paul Lee, Chairman, House Health Committee


Judicial and Legal Reform – Magnolia 5

With Othni Lathram, director, Alabama Legislative Services Agency


Labor and Employment – Magnolia 3

With Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington


Small Business – Magnolia 2

With David Wilson, Franklin Advisory


Tax and Fiscal Policy – Azalea D & E

With Vernon Barnett, Commissioner of Alabama Department of Revenue


Cocktails on the Patio - Conference Center Patio

With corn hole on the lawn

6:30 p.m.

Family-Friendly Welcome Reception - Julep Point

Featuring The House Band with face painting, balloon artist, coloring sheets, and lawn games

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Family-Friendly Welcome Dinner - Julep Point

With Bonfire and S’mores

SATURDAY 8.10.19

8:00 a.m.

Doors Open – Buffet Breakfast - Grand Ballroom

8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Program - Grand Ballroom

Panel Discussion with State House Leadership - moderated by Horace Horn of PowerSouth Energy

Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels

Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton


Panel Discussion with Alabama’s Congressional Delegation - moderated by Zeke Smith of Alabama Power Company

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30-11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions:

Addressing Alabama’s Rural Health Care Challenges - Azalea A

Providing access to health care continues to be a challenge in Alabama, especially in rural parts of our state. This panel brings together top thinkers and practitioners to discuss innovative approaches to what obstacles lie ahead for health care access and how it affects industry and community development efforts. This panel will also explore how creative partnerships can help protect health care providers in rural areas. Moderated by Selma-based businessman Denson Henry of Henry Brick Company, Inc., the panel will include Dr. Dow Briggs, executive vice president, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Dr. Selwyn Vickers, senior vice president for Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock; and state Rep. A.J. McCampbell.


Growth in Alabama – Azalea B

Workforce demands across Alabama are at an unprecedented high, and this growth brings opportunity for new and existing businesses alike. This panel will explore how we continue to attract top talent to Alabama as well as take a closer look at the issues that come with growth, including building a strong and diverse workforce, infrastructure development and economic development. Moderated by Regions Financial Corporation’s Jeff Rabren, the panel will include Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Kenneth Boswell; Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield; Chairman and President of the Business Education Alliance Joe Morton, Ph.D.; and state Rep. Bill Poole, chairman of the House Ways and Means Education Committee.


Solving Alabama’s Prison Crisis – Azalea C

Alabama’s prison system is currently facing a functional conundrum with overcrowding, overstretched staffs, and mental health concerns. This panel will highlight the challenges and opportunities facing Alabama’s prison system while focusing the discussion on the role of the legislature in complying with the Department of Justice and the role the federal government without action from the state. Moderated by state Rep. Connie Rowe, the panel will include Dayne Cutrell, chief of staff for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby; state Sen. Cam Ward, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; state Rep. Rod Scott; and Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn.

12:00-5:00 p.m.

*Networking and Complimentary Refreshments - Pool

Courtesy of Alabama Self-Insured Worker's Compensation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama


Children’s Pool Activities

Popsicles will be offered poolside at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Build a sand castle at 3:00 p.m. – come to the BCA cabana for a complimentary sand bucket


Golf Outing

Hosted by ServisFirst Bank

12:00 p.m. – Box lunch served

12:30 p.m. – Shotgun start

*Wristband Required

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Celebration of Rebuild Alabama - Grand Ballroom

Courtesy of the Alabama Road Builders Association, Austal USA, Dunn Construction, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama, The Boeing Company, Volkert, Inc., Alabama State Port Authority, Protective Life Corp., Poarch Creek Indians, McWane, Inc., Vulcan Materials Company

Featuring The New Millennium Brass Band


With Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

SUNDAY 8.11.19

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast - Lagoon Room

Explore the area



The Business Council of Alabama thanks the following companies for their generous support and sponsorship of BCA 2019.





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FRIDAY 8.9.19

SATURDAY 8.10.19


SUNDAY 8.11.19