Category Archives: Guest blogger

A shocking statistic–and what we’re doing about it

Charlotte Conaway
Charlotte Conaway

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

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

82% of Birmingham City School children cannot read at grade level. I know this is shocking, but we have found a way to help.

I have mixed emotions about publicizing our efforts.

I’m afraid it might appear I’m writing this article to feel important or to promote my company. Or that I am ‘putting down’ Birmingham City Schools. Continue reading A shocking statistic–and what we’re doing about it

David Carrington: ‘My most embarrassing moment’

Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington
Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington

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

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

(Comments of Commissioner David Carrington at the unveiling of the new mural at Jefferson County Courthouse April 24th)…

Today is my 70th birthday – and I’m closer to my journey’s end – than I am to its beginning.

I’ve seen so many new things in my lifetime – from air conditioning – to indoor plumbing at my grandparent’s house – to color television sets – to images of a man walking on the moon – to microwave ovens – to a personal computer that conveniently fits in my shirt pocket – and is insultingly called a phone. Continue reading David Carrington: ‘My most embarrassing moment’

Birmingham ready for a food fight!

Josh Watkins
Josh Watkins

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

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

There’s a four letter ‘F‘ word that could help define Birmingham’s future–but as you might expect–it’s not the one you’re probably thinking.

However, when I tell you the word, it still won’t be in the context of what you might expect. Continue reading Birmingham ready for a food fight!

What I fear when Birmingham grows

Joe Adams
Joe Adams

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

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

Growing up in rural Texas, I’ve always thought in terms of how many hours it would take to get to various locations, always cooped up in a car.

That’s one reason I’ve lived in cities most of my adult life—six years in Austin, two years in Dallas, five years in Nashville and my share of time in Houston. Continue reading What I fear when Birmingham grows

Tony Petelos: I was at death’s door

Tony Petelos, County Manager of Jefferson County
Tony Petelos, County Manager of Jefferson County

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

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

I’ve lived in and served Jefferson County my entire life.

However, I never would have imagined that living in Birmingham and in Jefferson County would have saved my life.

In May of 2014 I was diagnosed with an aggressive life-threatening bladder cancer. Continue reading Tony Petelos: I was at death’s door

Why California should be more like Alabama — seriously

Tom Manzo
Tom Manzo

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

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

Alabama beats California — and no, I’m not talking about college football.

Many Californians would bristle at the notion of being bested by Alabama. But employers aren’t so picky:

Continue reading Why California should be more like Alabama — seriously

Moving from Shelby County to downtown was one of the best decisions we ever made!

Bob Patterson
Bob Patterson

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

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

Change is ever-present. Having recently turned 60, I have seen a lot of change in the city I have lived in all my life.

From the civil rights struggles of my childhood, to the white flight to the suburbs after that, to the current resurgence of Downtown, I have been both an observer and participant. Continue reading Moving from Shelby County to downtown was one of the best decisions we ever made!

Why many Birmingham children are working in film and TV

KP Studios
Meg Deusner (Photo: KP Studios)

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

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

This is an unlikely story.

A story you’d expect to hear about children from Hollywood California—not Birmingham Alabama.

But what’s even more important is this story is a testament to the people of Birmingham—a city with a real sense of community.

I’ll get to the ‘community’ part in a moment—but let’s start from the beginning… Continue reading Why many Birmingham children are working in film and TV

How Birmingham may have missed out on 103,000 jobs

Dave Gray , President & CEO of Daxko
Dave Gray, President & CEO of Daxko

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

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

Huntsville is on track to surpass Birmingham as Alabama’s largest city.

This is a blow to our civic pride, but it also reflects far deeper issues in our metro area. Continue reading How Birmingham may have missed out on 103,000 jobs

How Birmingham created a dozen millionaires and 200 new jobs

Bob Crutchfield
Bob Crutchfield, Executive Director Innovate Birmingham

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

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

Don’t you wish Birmingham had a Michael Dell like Austin Texas?

A Jeff Bezos like Seattle Washington?

Or a Sam Walton like Bentonville Arkansas? Continue reading How Birmingham created a dozen millionaires and 200 new jobs