ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.
Today’s guest blogger is Jeffrey Bayer. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.
Birmingham’s experiencing a surge in local pride and national attention because of developments that are breathing new life into our region. We’ve got great communities, world-class medical facilities, enchanting parks, and a nationally recognized food scene.
I keep hoping—“This is Birmingham’s time.”
But then I get a dose of reality.
I just got a peek at the American City Business Journals Economic Index, which ranks economic performance among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas. *
My heart sank.
Birmingham’s seven county metro ranked 86th out of 100 – even though Sunbelt cities generally dominated.
Birmingham ranked 80th or below in seven of the 25 categories: (7 County Birmingham Hoover Metropolitan Area):
- 5-year change in nonfarm employment: 85th
- 5-year change in private-sector employment: 89th
- 5-year change in construction employment: 90th
- 1-year change in average weekly earnings: 81st
- 5-year change in per capita income: 80th
- 5-year change in total personal income: 94th
- 1-year change in total personal income: 91st
Rank of some of our sister southern cities:
- 2. Austin
- 4. Nashville
- 7. Raleigh
- 8. Orlando
- 11. Dallas Fort Worth
- 13. Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
- 16. Charlotte
- 18. Atlanta
- 21. Tampa-St. Petersburg
- 24. Jacksonville
Incoming Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin isn’t going to save us unless…
Newly elected Mayor Woodfin is developing important and great ideas for Birmingham City, but the City of Birmingham represents less than 20% of our metro area and can’t do it alone. The only real chance he has to make a meaningful difference is to collaborate with the rest of our region.
The recent released Together we prosper Community Foundation study proves--“The most successful regions have found ways to work together.”
We need to study the four cities included in the report and find solutions for Birmingham.
It’s important to note that no option Birmingham may consider involves combining schools.
We want more jobs and prosperity. We want to provide opportunities for ourselves and our children.
We have identified the problem.
Let’s do something about it.
86th out of 100 is not acceptable.
*American City Business Journals is the parent organization of the Birmingham Business Journal
Jeffrey A. Bayer, President and CEO of Bayer Properties, has fostered his organization into a national commercial real estate leader. Jeffrey’s a Birmingham native and an uncompromising Birmingham supporter.
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David Sher is Co-Founder of AmSher Compassionate Collections. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (REV Birmingham), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).
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