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UA’s “Alabama Business” Wins 2006 Publications Award

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Association for University Business and Economic Research has named “Alabama Business,” the quarterly newsletter produced by The University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research, the winner of the 2006 Publications Award for Newsletters, Brochures, and Other Promotional Materials.

Each issue of “Alabama Business” contains regular features including an Alabama economic forecast update, key economic indicators, and information on population and other socioeconomic topics. The Compass Bank Alabama Business Leaders Confidence Index® fills the remainder of the newsletter’s 12 pages.

The newsletter was redesigned earlier this year by Sherry Lang, senior graphic designer at UA’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Other staff members who regularly help with the writing, editing, and production of the newsletter are Carolyn Trent, Ahmad Ijaz, Deborah Hamilton, and Annette Watters.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” said Dr. J. Barry Mason, dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce, which houses the Center. “It underscores the importance of clear and consistent communication in this day and age, and it certainly demonstrates why the state’s business community considers “Alabama Business” a powerful management and decision making tool.”

The Association for University Business and Economic Research is the professional association of business and economic research organizations in public and private universities.

Dr. Carl Ferguson, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and associate dean for research and technology, said, “We are fortunate to have a professional such as Sherry on our team. Our communication with the business community is vital.”

The Center’s “Alabama Economic Outlook,” an annual short-term forecast for the state’s economy, has won the Association for University Business and Economic Research’s Publications Award four times, in 1987, 1998, 2001, and 2005. In addition, the Center’s Web site was named the “Outstanding Website of the Year” by the association in 2003.

“Alabama Business” is a free publication. Users can access recent issues online in PDF format. To visit the Center’s Web site, go to

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.