This is Birmingham’s time.
We are on a roll.
Our momentum is accelerating and it’s time for our hometown heroes to put their money with their mouth is.
Bo Jackson was quoted recently by the BBJ in an article titled, Would Bo invest in Birmingham?
“I have always thought about coming home to do something greater, but the timing just hasn’t been right. I have looked at doing things within the city at different times in the past and things just didn’t pan out. It could have been anything, like bringing restaurants and supermarkets to the downtown area. I am all about doing what I can to help people. I’m a firm believer that in order to be successful, you have to employ people. My main goal to come back home was to help employ some of the unemployed.”
Charles Barkley, as quoted in ComebackTown, 3 Things Charles Barkley said about Birmingham, when he spoke to the Rotary Club of Birmingham, August, 2013…
“I have been very frustrated with the City of Birmingham. Going back to the last two Mayors, I’ve asked them for the last ten years or more, I would like to invest $20 million in Birmingham and both of them said to me, “Let’s do it,” and my phone never rings…and my people live here. And they’ve had a couple of meetings and it was a waste of my time and my energy…and I’ve been very frustrated with the leadership in Birmingham…because I own a lot of stuff, but I don’t own anything in Birmingham. All my financial people are here, been here for thirty years, but I don’t own anything in Birmingham. I own a business in Huntsville, I own stuff all over the country, but I don’t own anything in Birmingham. And like I say, do I want to make money, of course I want to make money, but being from here, I would like to have some economic development opportunity here.”
Well, Charles and Bo—this is a different Birmingham. We are young and energetic and we’re just getting started. Our downtown is growing and the best is yet to come.
We are not asking for charity or a contribution. Your investment in Birmingham will earn you money.
There are still doubters–there always will be. But your vote of confidence will pay big dividends for you, your legacy, and for our community.
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David Sher is the publisher of ComebackTown, a co-founder of Buzz12 Advertising Agency and co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).