HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will be visiting Phoenix for a briefing and tour on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 3, at 2:45 p.m. This will be the first time that a sitting governor has visited the non-profit since its founding in 1973.
“We are pleased that Gov. Bentley will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit our facility,” said Phoenix CEO Bryan Dodson. “He will have a chance to see how we serve our consumers and what great work they do for our government customers.”
The main reason that Gov. Bentley is coming to Huntsville is to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new I-565 interchange at County Line Road in Madison. But Dodson doesn’t mind that the Phoenix visit will be a secondary priority for the governor.
“It’s an opportunity to help Gov. Bentley to understand the positive impact that Ability One programs have in Alabama,” Dodson explained. “Not only do they provide jobs to people with disabilities who would not be hired otherwise, they save Alabama taxpayers many of the social welfare dollars that would be expended to help those persons.”
Phoenix is a nonprofit organization that has been providing jobs and job placement to people with disabilities in Huntsville and throughout north Alabama since 1973. Through referrals made by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services, Phoenix has helped over 1,300 people annually in five north Alabama counties.