Thomas L. Friedman coming to EDPA Innovation Conference

Thomas L. Friedman coming to Birmingham
Keynote speaker, Thomas L. Friedman via EDPA

For the past six years, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama has hosted an Innovation Conference to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurs, and startups in our state. However, this year they are taking it up a notch.

In fact, the keynote speaker, Thomas L. Friedman, is a Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times columnist, and best-selling author.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 23rd. Taking place at the Alabama Theatre, Imerge is an event you do not want to miss.

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Meet the new Executive Director of AEC

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In the current year, 2017, Alabama Environmental Council is celebrating its 50th anniversary! For fifty years, AEC has advocated for environmental issues in our state with many successes. Now, Felicia Buck, AEC’s newly appointed Executive Director, will carry out Alabama Environmental Council’s mission. I sat down with Felicia to learn more about her background and vision for AEC.

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Bug bites with Children’s of Alabama expert Dr. Jolly

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I don’t know about you, but as soon as I get my first bug bite, I know that summer has officially arrived.

Children’s of Alabama wants you to stay safe by preventing those pesky bites and treating any bad ones. Dr. Joseph Jolly of Greenvale Pediatrics offers his expertise on bug bites.  Let’s see what he had to say.

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Guide to the best healthy grocery stores in Birmingham

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I grew up in a small town in North Alabama. The fact that I had a Wal-Mart less than ten minutes from my house was a blessing. But, now that I live in Birmingham, I have found tons of great options for grocery shopping. In fact, so many I did not even know where to begin when it came to finding the best healthy grocery stores. But, after a couple of years in Birmingham, here’s the list I’ve put together of grocery stores I often shop at to fill my pantry for the week.

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Diversify your skill set: computer coding courses in Birmingham

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects computer and information technology occupations to grow by 12% from 2014 to 2024. As a result, 4.4 million computer and information technology jobs would exist in the U.S. alone. Currently, the United States has more than half a million tech-related job openings!

If you are looking for a way to differentiate yourself from the rest of the workforce, than these computer programming courses in Birmingham just may help.

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7 Water safety tips from Children’s Hospital educator Debbie Coshatt

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With the temperature on the rise, what better way to cool off than on the water? However, parents must be on the lookout, especially since drowning is the second leading cause of death among children. Children’s Hospital wants you to stay safe and enjoy the summer! So, check out this interview about water safety with Debbie Coshatt, RN, and nurse educator in Patient Health and Safety at Children’s Hospital.

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GBHS park masterplan with CEO Allison Black Cornelius

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On June 13, 2017, the Birmingham City Council voted to approve the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s plan for a 27-acre park. The property is located in Titusville, west of I-65 and adjacent to Memorial Park and the Golden Flake plant. Allison Black Cornelius, CEO of the GBHS, plans to utilize this property as a source of economic growth in the city of Birmingham.

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Best places to get a healthy smoothie in Birmingham

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When you’re on the go, there’s nothing better than a fresh smoothie to get you through the day. Sometimes it can be hard to find a smoothie that isn’t full of sugar. However, here’s three Birmingham smoothie joints that offer delicious and healthy options.

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Cat trapping to solve overpopulation in Birmingham

Alongside the Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic, Kathy Stiles Freeland spends her time cat trapping.

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Cat trapping involves trapping all the cats in a colony, getting them spayed and neutered, adopting out the kittens and friendly cats, then returning the feral adult cats back to their territory and providing them with food and shelter. That is, Trap-Neuter-Release.

Bham Now interviewed Kathy Stiles Freeland about her work in cat trapping.

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A parent’s guide to safety: falling, biking, and communication

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With school out for the summer, kids spend more time at home without a parent’s watchful eye. Whether parents hire a babysitter or leave their children with an older sibling, accidents are much more prone to happen. Debbie Coshatt of Children’s Patient Health and Safety area offered some great tips on home safety.

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