I hear it everywhere, “Metro Birmingham’s doing fine; it’s the City of Birmingham that has problems. Life is great in the suburbs; if the City implodes, that’s not my problem.”
Metro Birmingham is ranked 197th out of the 200 based on job growth, wage growth and high-tech gross domestic product growth, among other factors.
Let me emphasize…they are talking about metro Birmingham–not the City of Birmingham.
It’s a free for all in Metro Birmingham–37 municipalities in Jefferson County; people fleeing to outlying counties; and the State Legislature holding us in a choke hold. Everyone’s out for themselves and no one is looking out for our broader community.
We’re competing (or not competing) with Southern cities with unified agendas and they’re killing us. Compare for yourself…
- 2 Austin
- 3 Raleigh
- 9 Charleston
- 21 Durham
- 24 Lafayette, La
- 25 Knoxville
- 27 Nashville
- 35 Charlotte
- 37 Columbus, Ga.
- 61 Huntsville
- 64 Shreveport
- 78 Baton Rouge
- 80 Chattanooga
- 197 Birmingham
Meanwhile our children and grandchildren continue to move away as big public firms abandon us costing us money and jobs.
Life in Mt. Brook and Trussville may be great, but until we understand that we’re all in this together, we will remain stagnant and our future and the future of our children will slip away.
Let’s begin a discussion on how we might improve our government structure.
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).