Up until a few years ago, our Chamber of Commerce (currently BBA), organized a trip of community leaders and politicians to visit other cities. They were called the “BIG Trips,” and the purpose was to learn what works in other communities.
The Chamber over a seven year period visited St. Louis (2002), Baltimore (2003), Charlotte (2004), Nashville (2005), Pittsburgh (2006), Denver (2007, and Austin (2008).
With Vulcan Materialsfacing a hostile takeover bid from a North Carolina-based competitor, Birmingham is on the verge of losing another public company headquarters. Even if Vulcan survives, the trend is ominous.