Category Archives: Guest blogger

What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Barbara Burton
Barbara Burton

Today’s guest blogger is Barbara Burton, President of Chalker Group, a talent acquisition firm.

 If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

After 30 years in New York City, I had no idea what I would find moving back to Birmingham.

But what I found was totally unexpected. Continue reading What I didn’t expect to find when I moved back to B’ham from New York

Birmingham music scene on verge of national recognition

Geno Pearson, Program Director & Co-Owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio
Geno Pearson, Program Director & Co-Owner of Birmingham Mountain Radio

ComebackTown is published by David Sher for a more prosperous greater Birmingham.

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

Birmingham has earned a national reputation for great food.

Now Birmingham’s earning a national reputation for great music! Continue reading Birmingham music scene on verge of national recognition

Will it take a horrific disaster to fix Birmingham schools?

Mark Martin
Dr. Mark Martin

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

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

“Birmingham is on the rise,” but our schools are in steady decline.

We led the nation through a historic civil rights movement, yet, each day as the 8 o’clock bell rings, we deny our most marginalized children a quality education. Continue reading Will it take a horrific disaster to fix Birmingham schools?

Birmingham’s impending turnover is a great opportunity

Matt Hottle
Matt Hottle

Today’s guest blogger is  Matt  Hottle.

 If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I was having lunch recently with someone I’ve admired professionally for some time and he candidly shared his unvarnished thoughts about what Birmingham needed to move forward and succeed in exponential terms. Continue reading Birmingham’s impending turnover is a great opportunity

A city, a mountain, and a Tiny Kingdom

Reverend. John Bagby
The Reverend John Bagby

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

Today’s guest blogger is  Reverend John Bagby.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Margaret Brown lived in Titusville, a neighborhood in Birmingham. Two months before I was born in 1949, she was hired to come and live with my family, and work in our home six days a week as a maid, or “the help,” as folks in Mountain Brook would have said back then. Continue reading A city, a mountain, and a Tiny Kingdom

Can professional soccer change Birmingham?

Darin White
Darin White

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

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

On March 9th full-fledged, professional soccer kicks off in Birmingham for the first time ever. The global game, that is played in 209 countries around the world, is coming to Birmingham. Continue reading Can professional soccer change Birmingham?

Let’s save Birmingham & our children

William Barnes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Urban League
William Barnes, President & CEO of the Birmingham Urban League

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

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

Birmingham Police Officer Wytasha Carter was gunned down last month.

“He lived for us, and he died for us, and I mean that.” Those were the final remarks during the funeral services of Sgt. Wytasha Carter by William White, one of the officer’s closest friends. Another life lost to our “magical streets.” Continue reading Let’s save Birmingham & our children

Let’s galvanize behind a community effort to grow the Black Business Class

Bob Dickerson
Bob Dickerson

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous metro Birmingham.

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

If we close Birmingham’s racial wealth gap we all benefit.

If you’re black and you’re reading this then you know exactly what I mean by the racial wealth gap. If you’re white there’s a chance that you might not realize and worse, might not have ever focused on the problems that this gaping disparity cause.  Continue reading Let’s galvanize behind a community effort to grow the Black Business Class

Time to brand Birmingham for the 22nd century

Danny Markstein
Danny Markstein

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

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

Over the years – and especially recently – there has been a lot of conversation about branding Birmingham. Many other cities have engaged in processes to develop, launch and maintain their brands – with wildly varying levels of success. Continue reading Time to brand Birmingham for the 22nd century

Alabama worst in the U.S. for sales tax red tape

Bruce Ely
Bruce Ely

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a more prosperous metro Birmingham.

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

Alabama cities and counties depend heavily on revenues from sales taxes.

Unlike other states, sales taxes are the largest single source of tax revenue for Alabama municipalities and many counties. Continue reading Alabama worst in the U.S. for sales tax red tape