Jefferson County Mayors Kenneth Gulley, Bessemer; Stan Hogeland, Gardendale; Randall Woodfin, Birmingham; Stuart Welch, Mtn. Brook; Ashley Curry, Vestavia Hills; Frank Brocato, Hoover at BBJ Mayors’ Roundtable (photo courtesy BBJ)
There’s an old joke about the highly addicted smoker who complains, “I’ve
read so much about the dangers of smoking that I’ve decided to quit reading.
That is how I feel about Nashville.
I read story after story about Nashville’s continued economic successes—recruiting companies—large and small to their city.
Continue reading Nashville’s goof may be Birmingham’s big break
You’ve probably had the misfortune of noticing a few ants crawling around in your kitchen cabinet.
This is almost always a tell-tale sign that there are a lot more ants nearby.
That’s what we’re beginning to see with Hoover.
Continue reading Why we should worry about what’s happening to Hoover
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin jumps from airplane
I’m impressed with Birmingham’s new Mayor–Randall Woodfin.
His first few months in office have been a whirlwind of positive energy.
He’s surrounded himself with good people, sought feedback from anyone who will talk to him, and slowly and methodically identified and prioritized Birmingham’s problems and opportunities.
Continue reading Is Birmingham mayor crazy?
Kay Ivey, Governor or Alabama
Why do Alabama governors seem not to care about Jefferson County?
Often our governors, our legislature and even some state departments–either ignore or abuse us.
Continue reading Fox6 asks Gov. Ivey about her tough comments on Birmingham
Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama
Governor Ivey, you can do better than this.
Ivey, who’s campaigning for a full four year term as governor, addressed the Rotary Club of Birmingham on March 7
In her prepared remarks she bragged about $6 billion of new investments in Alabama since April of last year…including the
$1.6 billion Huntsville Toyota-Mazda plant. Continue reading Gov. Ivey sticks foot in mouth
Gardendale High School
Rarely do you have an opportunity to read an article that clearly shows why we’ve had virtually no job growth in our metropolitan area.
Erin Edgemon of al.com recently wrote a piece about how a Jefferson County municipality took a big gamble and lost.
Continue reading Mtn. Brook, Homewood, Vestavia wannabe gambles & loses
Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation Downtown Birmingham headquarters
If this article doesn’t get your attention about the future of greater Birmingham—nothing will.
We all know how a bathtub works.
Water comes out of a faucet into a tub and as long as the stopper is engaged, the bathtub fills up.
But what happens if there is no stopper?
Continue reading Birmingham like a bathtub with no stopper
Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook
I’m almost shell shocked.
I was flipping through the pages of the
, when I saw the headline, Over the Mountain Journal “Hitting on all cylinders—Mountain Brook Mayor Welch Lays Out His Plans for 2018.”
The mayor of Mountain Brook, as you might expect, discussed his efforts to help Mountain Brook merchants and restaurants.
But then Mayor Welch, a longtime financial executive, went off in a completely and unexpected direction.
Continue reading Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills show leadership
I don’t know if you noticed—but three Jefferson County cities had a really terrible week.
We in Jefferson County are so intent on staying divided that we’re willing to suffer financial disruption and the unfortunate consequences.
Continue reading 3 local cities at risk
Alabama Coach Paul Bear Bryant
Watching UA win another national championship game was exhilarating!
But there’s been something I’ve always wondered.
Many of you young folks may not remember, but Birmingham used to be called ‘The Football Capital of the South.”
Continue reading Did Bear Bryant block Birmingham’s aspirations?