BCA’22 Speakers

Gov. Kay Ivey

On April 10, 2017, Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the state of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol, and following a successful nineteen months in office, the people of Alabama made history again in November 2018 by electing Governor Ivey to a full term. After graduating from Auburn University in 1967, Governor Ivey worked as a high school teacher and a bank officer. She served as Reading Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives under Speaker Joseph C. McCorquodale and was Assistant Director of the Alabama Development Office, where she worked to spur job creation and economic development across the state. In 2002, Governor Ivey became the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction, and she was re-elected in 2006. As Treasurer, Kay was committed to making the office more open, transparent, and efficient. She was then elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010, becoming the first Republican woman to hold the office in Alabama’s history. During her time as governor, Alabama has seen record high employment and its lowest jobless rate. Her focus on economic development has attracted over $32 billion in capital investment and 65,000 new jobs. She is committed to offering economic development opportunities to rural Alabama and the metro regions alike.