A number of government and business leaders will participate at a Jasper panel discussion Thursday night concerning the present and future impact of the coal industry in west Alabama and throughout the state.
Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed announced Monday he is expected to speak at the 5 p.m. event, set for Musgrove Country Club. He will be joined by Philip Saunders, vice president of Engineering at Warrior Met Coal; Ken Russell, director of Workforce Solutions at Bevill State Community College; and a representative from Peabody Energy.
Yellowhammer News is hosting Thursday’s panel event as part of its News Shaper Series of Events. The event is free and open to the public, Reed said.
A flyer for the event notes that the discussion is expected to be non-partisan and on-the-record, involving local issues and community engagement. Aside from the west Alabama region, it will also look at statewide issues.
The flyer noted the discussion will look at the past, present and future of the industry, regional and state economic impact, workforce development and community influence and advancement.
It noted that the audience is expected to be made up of "regional decision makers, business leaders and industry stakeholders."
A networking event with business leaders and decision makers from across west Alabama will immediately precede the panel discussion.
Yellowhammer News noted on the flyer that it plans to use the discussions to produce content for its digital, radio and social media platforms.