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

Birmingham like a bathtub with no stopper

Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation
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

Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills show leadership

Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook
Stewart Welch, Mayor of Mountain Brook

I’m almost shell shocked.

I was flipping through the pages of the Over the Mountain Journal, when I saw the headline, “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

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

To begin a conversation about a better Birmingham