Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley walked away impressed Thursday by a program being championed by Troy University’s Phenix City campus to help start-up business develop and grow.

The governor, despite the fact that his lottery legislation was hanging in the balance during a special session of the Alabama Legislature, was in Phenix City for the second annual Governor’s Day hosted by Mayor Eddie Lowe.

Frank Braski, the founder of ColumbusMakesIT, and Troy University Vice Chancellor David White outlined the RiverCity Foundry program that started this summer and hopes to help more than a half dozen entrepreneurs launch their business ideas into viable enterprises.

The program started last month and is a partnership between ColumbusMakesIT, Troy University-Phenix City, Alabama Power Co., SCORE, Columbus Technical College and the River Valley Regional Commission.

While the governor may have been in Phenix City for most of the morning, he was paying close attention to the happenings in Montgomery where his lottery bill was facing a Senate vote.

Bentley is proposing a statewide lottery to help ease the state’s growing budget issues.

Bentley also spoke to a luncheon of the community leaders from Phenix City and Columbus.

Eddie Montgomery