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Birmingham needs regional vision to thrive in the future

Innovators and entrepreneurs are key to a community’s economic success, and they will be even more critical in the future.  These changes require cities and counties to think differently about what it means to attract investment and jobs.  Today, “economic development” means creating an environment where entrepreneurs and innovators can flourish — and where they want to live, work and play. Read more …

The most important issue in Birmingham’s mayoral race

Birmingham is undoubtedly facing a number of complex challenges. Poverty and crime are too high. Education must improve. Population and job growth has lagged behind other major Southeastern cities. Key gaps in the workforce must be addressed. But, from our perspective, the most pressing issue in this year’s mayor’s race is not listed above. Instead, it’s regional cooperation. Read more …

Four mayors meet to discuss over-the-mountain issues

At the end of the last election, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook and Hoover were left with new mayors: Ashley Curry, Stewart Welch and Frank Brocato, respectively. Scott McBrayer remained in Homewood. What started out as a casual conversation among the mayors  turned into the Over the Mountain Mayors Group, which will meet quarterly to address issues that affect all four cities. Read more …

Huntsville headlines should raise eyebrows in Birmingham

The headline from one of our recent Morning Editions didn’t read quite like a warning alarm on its own: “Funding for $42 million Von Braun Center expansion approved.” But, if you’re concerned about Birmingham’s long-term status in the state, it’s the latest in a series of headlines from the BBJ and others that should raise eyebrows. Read more …

Most vital issue in Birmingham’s mayoral race? Hint: It’s not potholes

For almost a year, the vibe around the race to become Birmingham’s next mayor was more like the collegial, pre-race atmosphere at a NASCAR event. The combatants casually rolled into the fray–some sooner, some later. Read more …

The dirty little secret about Birmingham’s recent success

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Nick Saban’s famed “Process,” it’s the danger of complacency and getting comfortable with success. It’s a danger with football teams coming off a championship. Read more …

Jeffrey Bayer challenges Birmingham

I’ve always loved Birmingham…but quite frankly I’m disappointed. I’m not talking about just the City of Birmingham—I’m talking about all of Birmingham—yes, all cities and counties. Read More…

Fiefdoms, fragmentation and flat growth: Inside the bold bid to transform Birmingham

An in-depth look at the new initiative to improve regional cooperation in Birmingham. Read More…

Reckon by AL.com

Visitors to Birmingham’s thriving bars and downtown eateries probably think the city is doing just fine. Here’s why that may not be the case. Read More…

Denver, Charlotte offer lessons for Birmingham on regional cooperation

A look at what the Magic City can learn from other metros that addressed their regional cooperation challenges. Read More…

Why Birmingham still ranks last, and how to fix it

A few points about 24/7 Wall Street ranking Birmingham as the second-worst city in America. Read More…

Regional Cooperation Leads To Job Growth, Overall Prosperity, Says Report

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (CFGB) last week released the results of a yearlong research project that highlights opportunities for greater regional cooperation across Jefferson County. Read More…

Birmingham has lost population, prominence due to fragmentation of government: Study

A new study shows the fragmentation of government in Jefferson County has caused a decline in Birmingham’s prominence and its ability to lead the region. Read More…

Time to finally take action on regional cooperation

One of the most interesting insights from last week’s Cover Story on the latest bid for regional cooperation was an anecdote shared by the Together We Prosper initiative about a meeting with a local mayor. Read More…

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Calls for regional cooperation

Historically, the Birmingham metro area is considered one of the most fragmented in the South, with 35 municipalities in Jefferson County alone. Read More…

ROD GUAJARDO: United approach to community development blueprint for success

Together we prosper. That’s the message behind a recently launched campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, seeking to buck a trend of fragmentation in the heart of the city and surrounding communities. Read More…

New report explores solutions for Birmingham’s fragmentation

The fragmented nature of metro Birmingham – with its dozens of municipal governments and competing interests – has long been cited by business leaders as an obstacle to long-term prosperity. Read More…

New report says Birmingham metro area has had almost zero job growth since 2000

Regional cooperation in the greater Birmingham area is a conversation that comes up time and time again. Now a new report quantifies the effects of not having regional cooperation.  Read More…

New Report: Lack of Regional Cooperation Hinders Birmingham’s Growth

Birmingham has had tremendous growth over the last decade, but it pales in comparison to other major cities in the region. The city has seen just .24 percent growth in average annual employment since 2000. Read More…

We need to have a tough conversation…

It’s time for a tough conversation about Birmingham. I know that we have been putting this off for a while, but time is running out. Read More…

Why this successful Birmingham CEO wants to see more regional cooperation

Increased regional cooperation is an idea that is possible and potentially prosperous for metro Birmingham. Read More…

Tom Spencer of PARCA.MOV (Video)