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Birmingham Special Counsel Blake Hale Hardwich has been named Executive Director of the Energy Institute of Alabama, a nonprofit organization that promotes reliable, affordable, and clean energy to help grow Alabama's economy, create high-paying jobs, and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry.

“I am excited to join the Energy Institute of Alabama and look forward to working with policy-makers across the state and nation to ensure consumers in Alabama continue to have access to energy that is reliable, affordable and clean,” Hardwich said. “Working with state and local officials is a rewarding experience, especially when we are able to provide clarity about sometimes complex energy issues they have to consider when making policy decisions. The Energy Institute is the clearinghouse for fact-based discussion of those issues.”

Added EIA Board Chairman Seth Hammett: “Blake will take the lead in working with elected officials and industry leaders as the Institute advocates for solid, information-based energy policy. She has a perfect blend of competence, experience and enthusiasm to do the job. We are lucky to have such a capable and energetic person guiding the day-to-day functions of the Energy Institute of Alabama.”

At Adams and Reese, Hardwich serves as Special Counsel on the Government Relations Practice Team. A dynamic attorney, she has a broad range of public and private sector experience, developed both inside and outside the legal field. Hardwich focuses her law practice in government relations, economic development and litigation.

Previously, Hardwich served for two years as Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Prior to her government role, Hardwich served as Director of The Alabama Prosperity Project, a joint venture of trade association Manufacture Alabama and the Washington, D.C.-based Business-Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, to encourage business and employee participation in the public policy process. She also previously served as Director of External Affairs for Manufacture Alabama.

The Energy Institute of Alabama is made up of industry leaders who want to work together to promote the energy industry. Its mission is to educate the public about the importance of the industry to the state, advocate for energy policies that will enhance the economy of Alabama, and support economic development.