Why California should be more like Alabama — seriously

Tom Manzo
Tom Manzo

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Tom Manzo.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Alabama beats California — and no, I’m not talking about college football.

Many Californians would bristle at the notion of being bested by Alabama. But employers aren’t so picky:

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Moving from Shelby County to downtown was one of the best decisions we ever made!

Bob Patterson
Bob Patterson

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Bob Patterson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Change is ever-present. Having recently turned 60, I have seen a lot of change in the city I have lived in all my life.

From the civil rights struggles of my childhood, to the white flight to the suburbs after that, to the current resurgence of Downtown, I have been both an observer and participant. Continue reading Moving from Shelby County to downtown was one of the best decisions we ever made!

Why many Birmingham children are working in film and TV

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Meg Deusner (Photo: KP Studios)

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Meg Deusner .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

This is an unlikely story.

A story you’d expect to hear about children from Hollywood California—not Birmingham Alabama.

But what’s even more important is this story is a testament to the people of Birmingham—a city with a real sense of community.

I’ll get to the ‘community’ part in a moment—but let’s start from the beginning… Continue reading Why many Birmingham children are working in film and TV

How Birmingham may have missed out on 103,000 jobs

Dave Gray , President & CEO of Daxko
Dave Gray, President & CEO of Daxko

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Dave Gray.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Huntsville is on track to surpass Birmingham as Alabama’s largest city.

This is a blow to our civic pride, but it also reflects far deeper issues in our metro area. Continue reading How Birmingham may have missed out on 103,000 jobs

How Birmingham created a dozen millionaires and 200 new jobs

Bob Crutchfield
Bob Crutchfield, Executive Director Innovate Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Bob Crutchfield.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Don’t you wish Birmingham had a Michael Dell like Austin Texas?

A Jeff Bezos like Seattle Washington?

Or a Sam Walton like Bentonville Arkansas? Continue reading How Birmingham created a dozen millionaires and 200 new jobs

Terrified of metro government?–here’s a better idea

Charlie Waldrep
Charlie Waldrep

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Charlie Waldrep.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

“Metro Government” has become a mantra for some citizens while others are terrified of the thought of giving up their smaller, responsive local governments.

Consequently, “Metro Government” is a concept unlikely to be achieved among Jefferson County’s 35 municipalities. Continue reading Terrified of metro government?–here’s a better idea

Alabama Jews thank Christian neighbors

Samantha Dubrinsky
Samantha Dubrinsky

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Samantha Dubrinsky.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

“There are Jews in Alabama?”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question over the past six years working as a Jewish professional for the Birmingham Jewish Federation. Continue reading Alabama Jews thank Christian neighbors

Birmingham’s new mayor knows what he wants

Mayor Randall Woodfin
Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Birmingham’s new mayor has some very definite ideas about his priorities upon taking office—dealing with the city’s crime problem, revitalizing the neighborhoods and making sure city government is efficient, effective, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly.

But what about dealing with the issue of regional cooperation as a priority? Continue reading Birmingham’s new mayor knows what he wants

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