St. Louis and Birmingham surprisingly have a lot in common
The year was 2002. Dave Adkisson, the then Birmingham Chamber of Commerce President, and I were in St. Louis jogging early one morning when we struck up a conversation with a local runner.
He asked where we were from and why we were visiting St. Louis. We told him we were with a group of about 100 business leaders and politicians from Birmingham who had come to St. Louis to learn about his city’s successes.
His response was one of disbelief. “Why in the world would anyone think there was anything good to learn about St. Louis?”
Continue reading Convoluted government brings us to our knees
UAB has an annual economic impact of $4.6 billion
When our Chamber of Commerce (BBA) visited Charlotte in 2004, we were greeted by the President of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Charlotte’s a city on fire, but the first words out the President’s mouth were, “We don’t have anything like UAB.”
Can you believe a great city like Charlotte is jealous of us?
Continue reading How can we have UAB and suck?
Alabama Ballet performs Nutcracker--corporate leaders have made Birmingham an arts powerhouse
I had the opportunity to talk with a new corporate CEO who moved to Birmingham from Nashville a few years back.
I asked, “So what do you think of Birmingham?” Then I looked down at my shoes waiting to hear how much Nashville had outpaced Birmingham.
Continue reading Does Birmingham have poor corporate leadership?
I was dumbfounded when I saw the results.
The Birmingham Business Journal ran a poll the week of February 29, 2012.
Readers were asked,
“Would you be in favor of a unified metro area government for Birmingham?”
The response was more than two to one in favor.
Continue reading BBJ Readers support unified metro government–two to one
Mayor Petelos & Mayor Bell at launch of BBA Blueprint Birmingham
We know it’s not the mayor of Birmingham.
The City of Birmingham represents only 19% of the population of the metro area.
And Mayor Bell, who I strongly believe understands the importance of regionalism, has said on numerous occasions, “I was not elected mayor of the region.”
Continue reading Who’s the mayor of our region?
The Birmingham News convened a panel of community leaders to discuss the future of Birmingham
The Birmingham News convened a panel of community leaders in April of 2011 to discuss the future of Birmingham. Included were corporate CEO’s, non-profit professionals, and top political leaders.
Each panelist made his/her remarks and then questions or comments were solicited from the audience.
Continue reading Four unsettling comments
Legion Field has lost its magic
It seems like a distant memory, but in the 70’s and 80’s, Birmingham leaders were plotting to recruit an NFL football franchise to Birmingham. I don’t know how close we came, but we obviously felt there was a possibility.
Of course, we weren’t successful while other Southern Cities like Jacksonville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville recruited teams.
Continue reading Birmingham rated one of the poorest sports cities in U.S.
February 19, 2012
Everyone from Birmingham should read this this piece from the
New York Times: “In Alabama, a County that fell off the Financial Cliff.”
As the article states, government structure, as usual, created this mess.
Continue reading In Alabama, a county that fell off the financial cliff
Nashville has grown to be the fourth largest city in the Southeast
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).
We found these trips to be fascinating. We heard about successes and we heard about failures, but it opened our eyes to the possibilities.
Continue reading Nashville spits on Birmingham
The City of Birmingham is under constant siege by our neighbors in the suburbs
Do you listen to talk radio or read comments on al.com?
It‘s a steady stream of condemnation of the City of Birmingham by the folks who live in the suburbs.
Think about it…
A large number of our most educated and financially able citizens abandon Birmingham and then blame our City for being stupid and broke. Continue reading Let’s move to the suburbs and attack the City of Birmingham